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What lies underneath those mysteriously eye-catching conical hats? The women vendors in conical hats are undoubtedly not just definitively Vietnamese, but the exotic country’s treasured pride as well. They initially caught my attention on our very first trip to Hanoi (the country’s capital city located in the north) in the meandering narrow streets of the city’s picturesque Old Quarter. They abruptly left my consciousness because I got too preoccupied with figuring out how to cross the streets unscathed. The swarms of motorcycles buzzing about in organised chaos are most certainly the kings of the road hereabouts.
My romance with this indefatigable and praiseworthy female set was reignited when we arrived in searing Saigon (also called Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam’s economic and financial hub). We had just stepped out of the hotel to check out the bustling Ben Thahn Market across the road and lo and behold, garbed in vibrant clothing, with their articles of trade resting on their shoulders, wrapped around their waists, or on their worn-out bicycles, and with the charming conical hats sitting on their heads, they grabbed my effortless admiration for the second time! From flowers, to fruits, vegetables and all sorts of grub, to souvenirs, even brooms – they peddle them all!
Underneath those hats reveal weathered faces of serenity, strength, and warmth. Utterly unmindful of both cities’ noise, pollution, traffic, and unforgiving heat, they are eternally on the move. Unwavering in their quest to earn a living. From dawn till dusk.
I wonder where all the city’s men are. Afraid of the sun, under the shade, but having the delightful Trung Nguyen coffee. I reckon.