Weekly Snapshot: Hmong Girl

Weekly Snapshot: Hmong Girl

Girl dressed in traditional Hmong Clothing

Hmong Girl at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai, Thailand

This girl is wearing the traditional clothing of the Hmong Tribe, one of the six major tribes in Thailand.

The Hmong Tribal Village is located on Doi Suthep, a 1676 meters high mountain that is the focal point of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui National Park.

The villagers wear traditional Hmong clothes, sell Hmong handicrafts, and live in Hmong-style homes. But, most of this traditional look is not as authentic as it could be since the Hmong Tribe is only 4 kilometers away from Wat Phra Doi Suthep –a popular temple in Chiang Mai– so it is an easily accessible key tourist attraction to visitors of this temple.  But still, it gives an insight into how Thailand’s tribes live.

If you’re looking for a less contrived view of the Hmong, you may have to go deeper into Chiang Mai’s mountains. You can also hike up the mountain to other more authentic tribes like the Lahu and the Karen.  Worth the effort if you have the time and energy to hike deep into these tropical forests.

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16 thoughts on “Weekly Snapshot: Hmong Girl”

  1. I love this picture so much. I wish I can find this childhood picture of myself wearing some Tribal Village clothes in Taiwan. It was so cute. LOL (I mean I cute as little kid). Great picture again!

  2. Great photo and great advice. I lived in Thailand for 2 years and a friend that worked at a development agency said that the one tribe was primarily for tourists but unfortunately received very little of the money since the tour operators took a very large cut.

    1. Thanks Laurel. I’m not too surprised about that fact since it is widely seen around the world. Operators profit from the exoticness of these tribes but the share they give is minimal and doesn’t give much support to their villages. In the end, I think it will be more beneficial that the tribes deal directly with the tourists and control how much or less should they expose their villages, in the end, it’s their homes and lives that are being “exploded”.

    1. Thanks Christy! There are so many tribes in SE Asia, and all so different, that it takes a decent amount of time to visit them. There are a couple tribes that I wanted to see but couldn’t. They’re on my list for my RTW. 🙂

  3. No Vacation Required

    A-dor-a-ble. Great photo Norbert.

    We visited a Hmong village when we were is Laos and had a wonderful experience. It was on of the highlights of our entire SE Asia adventure.

    1. Thanks Kent and Caanan! Even though I haven’t been to the Hmong Tribe in Laos, I think that one might be less “spoiled” than the one in Chiang Mai. On the other hand, the Lahu Tribe was one of the highlights of my visit to Chiang Mai. The three-hour uphill hike was worth it! 🙂

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