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Conical hat or 'non la' is probably the first thing we will see soon after arriving in Vietnam and it is part of daliy life till we leave the country. Conical peasant hat can crown heads of cyclists, people working the ricefields, rowing a boat, selling fruit in the street or with elegantly dressed business women. Under it, you can see a hardworking face, a sweet smile, a sweating vendor etc, so the conical hat has become a sort of informal national symbol that is recognoized worldwide. 'Non la' not only adds to the exotic picture of the country but also one of Vitenam's symbols of charm.

This was taken in the early morning hustle and bustle at Chau Doc river town market in Mekong Delta, An Giang province, a flat land and is criss-crossed by many canals and small rivers bordering Cambodia. Situated about 250 km west of HCM city, this town sits at the junction of a tributary linking the Bassac and Mekong Rivers, an incredibly friendly little town full of shooting opportunities.

I was very much attracted to vibrant color constrasting strongly to the prominent conical hat creating a more elemental appearance from this pov with camera set to widest aperture and fast shutter speed so as to give the totality of the subject. This vendor's colors have surely influenced viewers' mind from miles away, full of charm which adds life and colors to the streetscape. This shot to me, is undeniably evokes a special mood, atmosphere and certainly contributes a lot to the appeal of this quaint town.

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