With its numerous ancient sites, thriving culinary scene and vibrant history, it's easy to see why Thailand is one of Asia's most popular destinations. For a glimpse of its fascinating customs, we suggest you discover its traditional Ngob hat, an emblem of the culture and historical heritage of the country.
The Ngob, or the Thai farmer’s hat, is a flat-topped hat used to protect oneself from the weather. As one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of rice, the hat is commonly worn by farmers as a symbol of their national pride and heritage.
More complex in design than the traditional Asian conical hat, a Ngob is made of ola palm leaves laid over a plated bamboo-strip frame. The top of the hat is designed to keep the head from touching the hat providing natural ventilation, keeping it cool, which is essential in a tropical country.
With a glossy finish, the coated fronds help make it waterproof to keep rainwater off the head and face. Occasionally, several patterns, designs, symbols, words, or other dazzling motifs are decorated into the hats by artisans.
Mainly worn by farmers or laborers, many Thai people also use this hat to shade their head and face from direct sunlight, especially when working outdoors.
Their attractive shape, lightweight, and breathability make them a fashionable and practical choice for any weather.
The wearer can also dip it in water to keep their head cool. A Ngob can also be used as a bowl to hold water when thirsty, as a fan in hot weather, or as a vegetable basket.
The bustling Floating Market in Bangkok is a must-see place to find locals wearing the iconic flat-topped hat. Specifically, Thai women wear a Ngob to sell fruits, flowers, vegetables, and all kinds of goods while paddling their boats.
Proudly boasting pristine landscapes of rice paddies and lush greenery, the Ngob holds a sentimental value among its people, celebrating the rich agriculture and lively heritage of Thailand.