Learn all about the unique hill tribe people of northern Thailand at the Tribal Museum in Chiang Mai. The traditional costumes and tools of the area’s nine hill tribe groups (Karen, Hmong, Akha, Mien, Lisu, Lahu, Lau, Thin and Khamu) are on display at the indoor component of this ethnographic museum, while examples of their traditional dwellings are on display in the outdoor area set among tropical gardens. The museum also hosts tribal festivals and tribal markets.
Note that the Tribal Museum is undergoing extensive renovations following a fire. It is expected to fully reopen by the end of 2013.
The Tribal Museum is located in the northern outskirts of Chiang Mai off Chotana Road near Rajamangkala Park (King Rama IX Park). The entrance fee is payable in Thai currency.
As the museum is undergoing extensive renovations, call ahead to confirm the opening hours and which exhibits are open to the public.