An Akha Woman

If you have ever been to Northern Thailand then you have probably seen some of the hilltribe people. These are ethnic minorities who have often migrated to Thailand from neighbouring countries. This woman belongs to the Akha hilltribe. They are found in China, Laos, Burma and also Thailand where there are an estimated 70,000 of them. In the tourist areas of Chiang Mai you will find them all dressed up like this one. But they don’t look very authentic. I took this picture at a market at Doi Mae Salong in Chiang Rai Province. You can’t get more authentic than this. I bought some fruit from her so she was happy to give me a smile.