This eco-agricultural village in northern Thailand is the present home of four hill tribe groups: the Lahu, Palong, Lahu and famous long-necked Karen tribe. Built in 2005 as a cultural preservation project, the village brought together the different tribes into one community and became accessible to visitors.
Set peacefully in the hills among rice fields and thatched-roof houses, the village grants the opportunity to experience hill tribe life in one place. Walk through the winding trails and see women wearing brightly colored textiles—many of them weaving and spinning clothes. Many of the tribes have migrated from nearby Myanmar (Burma) and maintain their cultural traditions, including the wearing of several brass rings around women’s necks. There are various handicrafts on display throughout, including jewelry, dolls and textiles—the sale of which provides income for the people here.
Outside of the cultural learning, most visitors enjoy the opportunity to take photographs and have conversations with the friendly residents.
Baan Thong Luang village is located off Maerim-Samoeng Road, about 40 minutes from Chiang Mai by car. It is open during daylight hours, and admission is 550 Thai Baht for adults and 300 Thai Baht for children.