Much like any other place in Asia, the markets are where life truly happens. This place is definitely somewhere, where you can easily get lost and spend (not so big) dollars.
Similarly, like other Asian markets, it has its good parts, and not so good parts - but all parts, are defiantly worth checking out. Determining the legitimacy of many things is always a skill in itself, but I was informed by my Mother, that the jewellery being sold in the middle of the market (where they all are) are quite the real deal - the ones on the outskirts, no so much.
Don't take the place too seriously, it is a good place to pick up the corny souvenirs for friends and family and to fill your suitcase with questionable goods. The place does have some pretty good souvenir shirt stalls - the Burmese alphabet T-shirts/tote bags are a big hit for tourists (i make that assumption after buying several of them for friends)
On the outside to the markets, there are food stalls and more side market streets where you can essentially by an array of goods. This place can take some time to gather your bearings, so be patient and take it in for what it is.
Have fun haggling and exploring!
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