How to Pack a Vietnamese Hat

Traveling to Vietnam? Chances Are, You'll Want to Bring Back One of These Conical Hats.
Traveling to Vietnam? Chances Are, You'll Want to Bring Back One of These Conical Hats.
Traveling to Vietnam? Chances Are, You’ll Want to Bring Back One of These Conical Hat.

“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.

I kinda wish I brought one back to me but I did purchase a small Vietnamese hat which hangs on my wall next to mementos from Thailand and Japan

This is the Sweet Woman in the Mekong Delta Who Made the Vietnamese Hat I Brought Back.
This is the Sweet Woman in the Mekong Delta Who Made the Vietnamese Hat I Brought Back.

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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Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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