The salt fields of Hon Khoi near Nha Trang on Vietnam's eastern coast produce about 737,000 tons of salt each year. This strenuous task is performed by middle-aged women and takes place between 04:00 and 09:00 AM due to the heavy heat. To protect themselves from the heat and salt, the workers wear the traditional Vietnamese engraved hat, gloves, boots and face masks.
The best time to visit these salt fields is between January and June, when the climate is summery and temperatures reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, allowing water evaporation and salt exposure. The working technique is relatively simple. Routing the water from the East China Sea with pipelines to small water ponds in the fields, leaving them there to evaporate for several days.
Then the workers arrive and collect the salt that has been exposed into straw baskets, which can hold up to 10 kg, and stack the salt into a huge salt hill. While the conditions for work during this period are relatively harsh, the workers welcome visitors talking to them and are very friendly, and the photographic opportunities at sunrise when the sun's rays meet the salt are endless.
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