Learn all about the unique hill tribe people of northern Thailand at the Hilltribe Museum and Education Center in Chiang Rai. A short video gives an excellent overview of the different groups and the exhibits show traditional costumes, dwellings, and tools. All of the main hill tribe cultures are represented including the Karen, Ahka, Hmong, Lisu, Lahu, and Lawa. Don’t miss the exhibit on the history of opium in north Thailand its effects on the hill tribe people.
The Hill Tribe Museum and Education Centre staff are very passionate about their work and offer useful advice about visiting hill tribe villages.
The Hilltribe Museum and Education Center is located in central Chiang Rai on Thanalai Road and is walking distance from most hotels. It is open seven days a week and a small admission fee is collected to offset operating expenses. If you’ve worked up an appetite, have a meal at the on-site Cabbages and Condoms restaurant where profits support family planning in rural Thailand.