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95 km from Ho Chi Minh City, numerous tourists come to Long Dien salt flats to discover the simple life of the people here. Long Dien town (Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province) has been long well-known for its traditional salt production.
The ancestors made salt by the traditional method of condensing sea water, forming a salt-making area in An Ngai commune and Long Dien town.
Long Dien salt farmers still preserve their traditional craft through several generations.
"Born and raised in the Central region, I understand very well the hard work of salt farmers. However, they always show optimism on their face," the author of the photo series said.
"To capture these photos, I had to expose myself together with residents from morning until noon. Under the burning daylight, the workers still work tirelessly harvesting salt."
The annual salt season in Long Dien starts from September to April next year (according to the lunar calendar).
Currently, Long Dien district has nearly 300 households producing salt. The average income of a salt worker is only about VND 200,000/day.
In the salt season, salt workers started their work from early morning. After harvesting, farmers continue to bring water into the salt flats in order to create the new season.
Although this is a hard, low paid job, Long Dien people still cling to the field with a view to preserving their ancestors’ jobs.
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