“Can you bring me back one of those hats?…If it’s no trouble?” a friend asked while I was in Vietnam. What he was referring to was a conical, or Vietnamese hat. Of course I said “yes,” then had no idea how I was going to bring it back. Luckily, one of the Urban Adventures guides offered a great tip on how to pack a Vietnamese hat which I explain then show in the video below.
I also learned during my visit to Vietnam that the conical hats have at least five uses:
It can be used:
- To provide shade to your head and face.
- As a fan to cool you off.
- As a seat, if you don’t want to get your bum dirty.
- As a drinking vessel.
- As a bowl or basket to gather fruit, vegetables, etc.
I purchased this Vietnamese hat from a sweet grandmother’s weaving shop in the Mekong Delta for about $2.50 U.S. I was not going to haggle over the price because I was expecting to pay at least $5. She and her family weave grass mats, hats and other items. She was so sweet and grateful for my purchase and I will never forget her or that embrace.
Below is the video and if it does not play, visit my video on how to pack a Vietnamese hat here.
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