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Amazing Views of Salt Fields in Vietnam

Vietnam has an outstanding reputation for its white sandy beaches, tropical climate, and resilient people, all of which are indispensable constituents of the salt fields’ production across the country. The qualities of Vietnamese workers and the salt industry are there for you to discover. The stunning views of salt fields at sunset, sunrise, or any time of the day are always worth visiting.

What is a Salt Field and the Salt Industry in Vietnam

A salt field is a low and flat plot of land whose purpose is to harvest salt from the sea or other artificial salty reserves. Squares and rows identify salt fields. Making sea salt requires a warm, dry climate and airy open space to facilitate evaporation. After the water has completely evaporated, you will see piles of salt on the plots, creating a scene of a salt field.

There are 2 methods of making salt: sand drying applied in north and central Vietnam and water evaporation in central and southern Vietnam. In the sand-drying method, people use fine grains of sand to blend with seawater, spread the sand on flat land, and dry it under the sun to speed up the heat-up process and salt crystallization. As for the second technology, workers level the soil field and pump seawater into the field, then wait for the water to evaporate for about 7 days. The Vietnamese government continuously promotes the salt industry by advancing production technologies, considering salt prices domestically, and improving safety and hygiene.

The Distribution of Salt Fields in Vietnam

Vietnam has a long coastline, tropical climate, and potential sea salt content of over 120 tons. Also, making sea salt is a traditional profession of the Vietnamese. Vietnamese salt has achieved high value in many parts of the world, especially in neighboring nations such as China and Japan.

There are 21 salt-producing provinces in the country. Ninh Thuan has the largest quantity of salt production, and others such as Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Ben Tre, and Bac Lieu also play crucial parts in the Vietnamese sea salt industry. Most provinces along the coastline generally use geographical features to harvest salt, but there are also some small salt fields like Thai Binh and Nam Dinh.

Life of People on the Salt Fields in Vietnam

You may see workers making salt at dawn or even late in the evening, but there is no surprise as that is their daily life. Because the majority of fishermen are male, most of the workers at salt fields in Vietnam are middle-aged women.

Salt making is frequent in the dry season, especially from March to May. What’s more, the workers, as usual, start their days at 4 AM and finish their hard days at about 9 PM, allowing them to take advantage of the wind, the tide, and the sun’s heat. They wear face masks, conical hats, and gloves, covering themselves entirely in clothes to protect them from the sunlight. On the fields, the farmers bend down, rake the salt, carry salt in baskets, or even sit down for short breaks. You will also hear the talking or laughing sounds on the salt fields as Vietnamese workers are certainly optimistic and friendly.

However, the workers making salt lead a hard life because they have to suffer from the sun’s heat, and the weather determines their income. The whole working day can become worthless if it rains suddenly. Also, the price of salt in the market is relatively low, and it changes dramatically over the years and seasons. Specifically, the raw salt is sold from VND 400 to 500 per kg, which sometimes increases up to VND 900-1,000, even 1,200 per kg, while sea salt dried on tarpaulins is at the price of VND 1,200 – 1,400 per kg, which can reach VND 2,000 or even 2,500 per kg. There are good seasons when the workers can earn rather good money, but they can have poor yields due to the bad weather or the decreasing price in the market.

Places with Beautiful Salt Fields in Vietnam

Besides their economic value, salt fields inspire photographers. The romantic colors of sunset and sunrise, the image of workers on the fields, and piles of salt reflected in the seawater make the salt fields stunning and appealing in photos. The scenes will be especially impressive in the harvesting season between December and May, when it is bustling and colorful when filled with people and their sounds.

1. Hon Khoi Salt Field

Located in Ninh Hai Commune, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province, the salt field is a one-hour drive from Nha Trang City. The ideal time of the year to visit Hon Khoi Salt Fields is from January to June, which is the high season of salt harvesting in Khanh Hoa Province. In addition to having a nice look at the beautiful scenes there, you can talk to the workers and visit Nha Trang City, which is not far away.

2. Ca Na Salt Field

There is a salt field along Ca Na Beach, which is 30km to the South of Phan Rang City, Ninh Thuan Province, and located along Route 1A. The giant field with wind and sunlight will make you fall in love with the life there. Also, you can take your time on Ca Na Beach and discover Cham culture in some of the architecture around the beach.

3. Phuong Cuu Salt Field

Phuong Cuu Salt Field is in Phuong Hai Commune, Ninh Hai Ward, Ninh Thuan Province, which is 15km away from Phan Rang City. You can visit the field between December and May to learn about the salt-making time. For the best journey, you should discover the process of making sea salt and get immersed in the breathtaking view at sunset or sunrise to have a feel of the marine life.

4. Long Dien Salt Field

Long Dien Salt Field is in Long Dien District, Ba Ria- Vung Tau Province and it is just 1 km from Long Hai Beach, 95 km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City. The salt field sits under the blue sky on sunny days, and some nearby windmills have been used to pump seawater into the field. Besides, don’t forget to take photos of salt piles like white hills somewhere in the area.

5. Sa Huynh Salt Field

Sa Huynh Salt Field was set up in the 19th century, and the people there have stuck to the salt-making profession for over 100 years. It is located in Pho Thanh Commune, Duc Pho District, Quang Ngai Province and the best time to visit the field is from March to August when it is summertime and the high season of salt harvesting.

6. Diem Dien Salt Field

Diem Dien Salt Field is in Diem Dien Town, Thai Thuy District, Thai Binh Province, about 110 km to the Southeast of Hanoi Capital. You should come here from April to June, especially during April and June, as you can see such big crystallized grains of salt. Apart from taking the chance to learn the stages of salt harvesting and the life of the workers, you can also visit some other tourist attractions in the area like Thuy Truong Mangrove and Temple of Salt God and try local food like special dishes made of jellyfish.

Summary of Amazing Views of Salt Fields in Vietnam

Maybe salt fields in Vietnam are not usually your priority during your travels in the S-shaped country, but they are worth your time. The locals’ lives, the stunning nature, and the image of salt are attractive things that the sea endows Vietnamese people with.

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