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Hilltribe Museum and Education Center
Hilltribe Museum and Education Center

Hilltribe Museum and Education Center

Run by a non-profit organization, Hilltribe Museum contains a wealth of information on Thailand’s hill tribes and the issues that threaten their preservation. All of the major hill tribe cultures, including Karen, Ahka, and Hmong, are represented by information panels and artifacts.

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Mon-Fri: 8:30 - 6:00 p.m. Sat/Sun/Holiday: 10:00 - 6:00 p.m.
3rd Floor, PDA Building, 620/25 Thanalai Road, Chiang Rai , Thailand

The basics

On arrival, a short video gives an overview of the different groups, while the exhibits show traditional costumes, dwellings, and tools. There is also an exhibit on the history of opium in northern Thailand and its effects on the hill tribe people. The museum is a great place to visit before embarking on a trek or day trip to Chiang Rai’s hill tribe villages; excursions typically visit other Golden Triangle highlights and offer insight into a lesser-known way of life in northern Thailand.

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Things to know before you go

  • As the only museum dedicated to the hill tribes of Chiang Rai, this center is a must-visit for culture buffs.
  • The museum charges a small admission fee, and has an on-site restaurant from which profits go towards preserving hill tribes.
  • The ground-floor museum is accessible to both wheelchairs and strollers.
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How to get there

The Hilltribe Museum and Education Center is located on Thanalai Road in the center of Chiang Mai; from the bus terminal and Chiang Mai night bazaar, it’s a 5-minute walk.

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When to get there

The Hilltribe Museum and Education Center is open daily from mid-morning until early evening. The museum is rarely crowded and guarantees a relaxed experience; staff are always on hand to explain exhibits in more detail.

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Hill Tribe Villages of Chiang Mai

Visiting one of the rural outposts of Thai civilization has become a quintessential experience for travelers in northern Thailand. The most famous local group is undoubtedly the Karen tribe. 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 recognizable due to the heavy brass rings the women wear around their necks.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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