The summer is seriously no time to be in any part of Asia, really. While you might exaggeratedly fan yourself with your hand and joke about frying eggs on the sidewalk when thermometers in your hometown start creeping past the upper-20s (Celsius) come late July, society in Asia is basically devolving into Lord of the Flies, with people in China retreating into caves, those in Japan sweating buckets and people in Vietnam desperately scrambling for whatever random object they can find to fend off the violent rays of the sun, lest they literally burst into flames.
That last one, we suppose, is good for us, as at least it’s resulted in a few photos for us to chuckle over as we write this from our ice-filled summer cave bunker.
As originally reported on by Vietnamese news site VietnamNet, this collection photos shows the bizarre, hilarious, and, let’s be honest, pretty ingenious ways people on the streets of Vietnam are handling the summer rays.
Temperatures in Vietnam hover in the lower 30s (upper 80s/low 90s Farenheit) around June and July, which isn’t hellish, but combined with the extreme subtropical humidity, the place can feel a lot like a cozy pocket in the molten core of the sun, prompting locals to reach for just about any old detritus they can find to block stave off the heat, from cardboard boxes fashioned with armholes, to capes and helmets made of cabbage:
We suppose this means that if, for some insane reason, you’ve made plans to travel to Asia this summer, go ahead and bring along that cabbage suit you drunkenly fashioned for laughs.
Source, photos: VietnamNet