Without an H

Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Four friends (POTW #6)

I spent much of last Sunday wandering the backstreets of District 1, between Tran Hung Dao and the river.  The backpacker area around Pham Ngu Lao was only a couple of blocks away, but could have been in a different city altogether.  The tall, clumsy Westerner with the camera got surprisingly little attention.

These two ladies were sitting together outside a kindergarten, checking each other’s hair for lice, a common sight in Vietnam, where people live much of their lives out of doors.  Everyday intimacies like this are a feature of life on the streets here.

2 Responses to “Four friends (POTW #6)”

  1. acidtangerine

    There weren’t checking for lice. The woman was helping her customer to pluck greys out of her hair. It is a paid service in Vietnam for the people who doesn’t have $$$ to dye their hair.


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