One of My Favorite Hats- Thailand

a black hat with multicolored pom poms

On our trip to Thailand a few years back, Kim and I took a day trip from Chiang Mai to visit the hill tribes. Along the way we stopped at a butterfly sanctuary, an underground temple and another temple or two.

The trip was a long day and the highlight was our visit to see the hill tribes. The visit wasn’t the most authentic feeling but it was still interesting. The area we  visited was basically a crafts village with members of various hill tribes selling their goods and posing for photos.

a woman in a traditional outfitAccording to Wikkitravel:

There are approx 7 main hill tribe groups (Akha, Lisu, Lahu, Yao, Hmong, Karen and Lawa) who migrated from neighboring China, Tibet and Myanmar to the rural highlands of northern Thailand. Their traditional way of life as farmers in the mountains is a fascination to many travelers in the region.

a woman wearing a red shirt and necklaces
a young girl wearing a long necked necklace
Long Neck Karen Tribe

We weren’t really interested in buying crafts. The main purpose of the visit was to get some interesting photos. (If we had more time, we would’ve visited an authentic village further north.)
After wandering around and taking some photos, one particular item caught my attention.

a woman sitting on a wooden bench

I came across a really interesting hat. It looked authentic, handmade and possibly like something one of the tribes would wear. The women selling the hat didn’t speak English so I couldn’t get much info out of her.
The most important question I had was finding out the price.

a man and woman standing in front of a store
Trying on the hat
a man and woman standing in front of cloths
Lookin’ good!

It turned our that the hat was a bargain. It cost around $3. It’s probably the cheapest hat in my collection!

a man and a woman posing for a picture

The hill tribe hat is one of my favorites in my collection. The only other souvenir we bought during our visit were some postcards of the Karen (Long-Neck) Tribe.

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