Seafood market in the morning

Hai Hau—a coastal district in Nam Dinh Province—boasts a 32-kilometer coastline, which provides livelihood for the majority of local households.

A panoramic view of the seafood market – PHOTOS: HAI DUONG

When the sun beams its first rays, fishing boats with their fresh catches of seafood return to a beach in the district’s Hai Ly Commune. The time the boats come ashore is also the start of the local seafood market. The market at dawn becomes crowded in no time. Fresh fishes, shrimps, crabs, etc. are displayed on the beach so that local buyers as well as travelers can choose what best pleases them.

The market attracts many local buyers. On the background is the remnants of a ruined church-a popular tourist site in Nam Dinh
Fresh fishes wait for buyers
Locals collect scallops on the beach in the morning
Baskets full of scallops
The boats from a fishing trip
A fisherman is mending his nets to be ready for the next catches