Image from Thailand

Pom Pom Girls

Two hilltribe girls in Mae Sai, Thailand, standing along the Thai-Myanmar border, by Andy Carvin.


  • stan

    Why do you call them “hilltribe” girls? Do they call themselves “hilltribe girls”? Or, is this a phrase others use?

  • “Hilltribes” is the term used often in Thailand to describe indigenous tribal populations, not unlike the use of Montagnards in other parts of SE Asia. I would have preferred to have called then Akha, Lisu, Hmong Shan or whatever their exact tribe was, but when I asked them, they replied in English “hill tribe.”

    For more photos of Thailand’s indigenous populations, please visit my photo gallery, The Children of Southeast Asia. -andy

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