Almost ready for business, Hanoi, Vietnam

In early morning the sidewalks of old Hanoi belong to business owners and shopkeepers. At dawn they begin the tasks needed to open up for the day– sweeping the sidewalk, unpacking boxes, hauling out merchandise to display, and arranging it to appeal to the shoppers who will pass by later in the day.

Amid their chores, many gather for breakfast over big bowls of soup, socializing in this quiet time before the day’s work begins in full.

And a few simply sit alone in their shops, quietly waiting for the day’s business to begin.

woman sitting alone in a shop

Vietnam 2015 Itinerary

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