Women carry salt from farm to factory in Nha Trang, Vietnam 23 Jul 2017
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Salt fields are a common sight along the coast south of Nha Trang in Vietnam. The salt is produced in fields surrounded by low mud dykes that retain the sea water as the tide recedes. The sun dries these fields out; after about 10 days all the water will have evaporated and the remaining white salt residue will be ready for harvesting.
Collection of the salt is done manually by middle-aged women. They collect the salt in wicker baskets until they reach a weight of around 10kg. They tend the fields early, between 4am and 9am, to avoid the heat. Once the salt is collected it is taken to a local factory. Roughly 737,000 tonnes of salt are harvested every year at Nha Trang. Add a trip to see the extensive white fields to any of Insight Guides' preplanned Vietnam Itineraries.
This article was originally published on 19 November, 2015