From rice paddies to urban centers, wherever you roam in Vietnam, you’re likely to see ladies of all ages donning the traditional nón lá. In Vietnamese, nón lá means ‘leaf hat.’
This conical hat is sported to protect the wearer from rain or sun — whether she be tending to a rice paddy or selling fresh fruit on a bustling street.
As an alternative, some Vietnamese ladies carry a parasol to protect their skin from the sun.
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