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Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Villages

By Viator, May 2018

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The verdant hills surrounding cosmopolitan Chiang Mai have long been dotted with hill tribe villages of Thailand’s many ethnic minorities. Visiting one or more of these rural outposts has become a quintessential northern Thailand experience. Here’s what you need to know about the region’s diverse peoples.

Karen Village
Originally from Myanmar, the Karen is the largest hill tribe group in Thailand, with a population of about half a million. A subgroup of the Karen, known as the Padaung or Long Neck Karen, are perhaps the most famous local hill tribe due to the heavy brass rings the women wear around their necks.

Hmong Village
Residing throughout northern Thailand and southern China, the Hmong have long been a fiercely independent group. Today, they live in mountainous areas and are known for their elaborately embroidered black jackets and hemp batik pleated skirts.

Lahu Village
Originally from the Tibetan highlands, the Lahu build their houses on high stilts. Most villages, which are often quite remote, have a central temple where a village guardian spirit is worshipped. Women traditionally wear black and red jackets, while the men don baggy green pants.

Mien Village
The Mien tribe, which originally comes from China and is also known as the Yao, is known for its silversmithing and embroidery. The tribe’s impressive traditional dress includes long black jackets with red lapels worn over intricately embroidered pants.

Akha Village
Ceremonial gates mark the entrance to each Akha village, where the houses sit on low stilts with steeply pitched roofs. The Akha are well-known for their elaborate headdresses decorated with silver coins, silver balls, seashells, and red taffeta.

Lisu Village
Hailing from eastern Tibet, the Lisu live mainly between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. Extended families reside in bamboo houses, and the women often wear traditional knee-length tunics and bright multicolored hats.

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Private Tour: Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Laos Village Experience from Chiang Rai

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Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

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Hill Tribe Village Tour and River Cruise including Lunch from Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Multi-day ... 
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Hill Tribe Village Tour and River Cruise including Lunch from Chiang Mai

Discover the villages of northern Thailand’s hill tribes on a full-day tour from Chiang Mai to the settlements of the Akha, Palong, and Padaung Karen peoples. ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Mae Taeng River White-Water Rafting from Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Day Trips
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Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Duration: 5 days (approx.)

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Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $395.00
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4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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