Photo du Jour: The Ubiquitous Vietnamese Nón Lá Hat

From rice paddies to urban centers, wherever you roam in Vietnam, you’ll see ladies of all ages donning the traditional nón lá. In Vietnamese, nón lá means ‘leaf hat.’

The 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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Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All rights reserved.

 

4 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: The Ubiquitous Vietnamese Nón Lá Hat

    1. Hi Karen! We loved the Vietnamese fare – especially that which we tried in the picturesque town of Hoi An. We did a cooking class there and made fresh spring rolls (using rice paper), a savory pancake-like dish (also rolled in rice paper), a banana pancake dessert (so sinful, but quite rich and delicious) and a light jeweled rice. Outside of Hoi An, we enjoyed western-type fare too (sandwiches on wonderful crispy baguettes). The sweet treats were fun too – particularly these gummy, rice-based sugary bars with sesame seeds inside. So tasty – my tummy is rumbling just thinking about it! I’ll be doing a post on the cooking class soon, with the recipes – so stay posted! Have you been to Vietnam?

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