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I visited Thailand three times in 1988.  The first two visits in April and August were in connection with the launch on the London Stock Exchange of a fund investing in Thai securities.  My working visits to Bangkok inspired a fascination with Thailand and the Thai people and I came back that December on a trip spending a few days in Bangkok then driving north through the countryside to Chiang Mai.  From there I visited (by air) Mae Hong Son on the Thai/Myanmar border and Chiang Rai (by boat).  I visited minority villages in the region including Akha, Blue Hmong, Karen, Lahu and Mien.  This introduction to the different ethnic groups and their varied textiles started a passion of research, photography and textile collection which has increased over the years and has led to my further explorations in Vietnam, Myanmar and, later this year at last, to south-west China from where so many of the minority groups have migrated.

Thailand Photo galleries

Green (Blue) Hmong minority

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A gallery of photos of Green (commonly known as Blue) Hmong taken in December 1988 in the north of Thailand.  A few were taken in Mae Hong Son province and remainder near Chiang Mai in two villages - one on Doi Suthep above Chiang Mai and the other on Doi Chiang Dao on the road from Chiang Mai to Fang.  

See also the Photo gallery of Green Hmong, Vietnam which are part of the same ethnic grouping, as close similarities in much of the clothing demonstrates.

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Karen minority

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A gallery of photos of Karen taken in December 1988 in the north of Thailand near Mae Hong Song, along the river Mae Kok between  Tha Thon and Chiang Rai and in the night market at Chiang Mai.

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U Lo-Akha minority

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A gallery of photos of U Lo-Akha taken in December 1988. Most of the Akha in Thailand today live in Chiang Rai Province.  These photos were almost all taken in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai in northern Thailand.  One photo was taken along the Mae Kok River going down to Chiang Rai. 

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Yao minority

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A gallery of photos of Yao (Mien) taken in December 1988 in the north of Thailand in the hills around Chiang Rai and in the night market at Chiang Mai.  See also Dzao minority Photo gallery  from Vietnam which is part of the same ethnic grouping and there are close similarities in some of the clothing.

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In due course I hope to add in photos of my textile collections from the minorities to be found in Thailand.  I have quite a few pieces of Yao (Mien) and Akha clothing as well as one or two pieces of Karen and Hmong.

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this page last updated 28/01/02