A small train station near Kalaw, Burma. There was a commotion as the train stopped at this station. People rushed to purchase fruits and vegetables, in bulk, which are apparently cheaper here. Many vendors make a weekly trip from here to Rangoon (via Thazi) where the produce is sold for a neat profit. It's a 12+ (slow) train journey.
The remote Tay Trang border crossing between northern Lao PDR and northern Vietnam. Many Vietnamese businessmen/businesswomen purchase fresh vegetables in Laos and sell in Vietnam. Other hand-made products such as carpets are also "exported' from Laos for sale in Vietnam.
A typical scene in Burma. There is not much else to do in this country as far as "work" is concerned. People employed in the tourism industry are relatively well-to-do, and so are government employees.
Career options are limited for a young person in Burma. One either becomes a monk, joins the army or goes to another country (too expensive).