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Chiang Rai Hill Tribe Villages

By Viator, February 2018

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Learn more about the rich diversity of northern Thai culture by visiting one of the hill tribe villages near Chiang Rai during an exploration of the Golden Triangle—where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. Here are some of the best hill tribes to visit from Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai.

Karen Village
The Karen people originate from Myanmar and are the largest hill tribe group in north Thailand. They traditionally live in stilt houses, cultivate rice, raise animals, and craft silver jewelry. The Karen villages near Chiang Rai are known as the “Long Neck Villages” for the stacked brass rings the women wear around their necks.

Lahu Village
The Lahu hill tribe came to Thailand from the Tibetan plateau by way of Yunnan. A strong commitment to the traditional Lahu way of life means their modern-day settlements are often situated in remote areas far from roads and towns. Primarily hunters and subsistence farmers, the Lahu often wear brightly colored floral garments.

Akha Village
The Akha hill tribe people originate from Tibet and migrated to north Thailand in the 1900s. They traditionally live in bamboo huts divided into separate areas for men and women. The Akha are known for their colorful embroidery, and the traditional costume is a black shirt with embroidered sleeves and an ornate headdress.

Hmong Village
The Hmong people (also known around Chiang Rai as the Meo) migrated to Thailand from China via Laos. The Hmong live in mountainous areas and previously cultivated opium, though have now switched to rice and corn. The Hmong people, known for their batik fabric-dyeing techniques, traditionally wear indigo clothing.

Yao Village
Originally from South China, the Yao migrated into northern Thailand in the late 19th century, many of them settling in Chiang Rai province. This hill tribe is known for its spectacular traditional dress, which includes long blue jackets accented with red wool lapels and a turban-like head wrap. 

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

Travel with a private guide from Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle region, visiting hill tribe villages and historical towns before crossing the border into ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.02
Private Trekking Day Tour in Chiang Rai: Visit Hill Tribes Villages and Learn Traditional Weaving ... 
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Private Trekking Day Tour in Chiang Rai: Visit Hill Tribes Villages and Learn Traditional Weaving Methods

Trek through national forest, visiting remote Akha, Lahu, and Karen hill-tribe villages, relax and refresh yourselves at a local waterfall before learning ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.62
Golden Triangle Day Trip from Chiang Rai Including Mekong River Cruise and Hill Tribe Village, ... 
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Golden Triangle Day Trip from Chiang Rai Including Mekong River Cruise and Hill Tribe Village

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the highlights of northern Thailand on a day trip from Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Chiang Khong. You'll admire ancient temple ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.63
Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Private Day Trips
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Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai

4 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

A chance to visit the famous Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet! An early morning drive through beautiful scenery, with a stop ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.96
Doi Tung Hill Tribes and Mae Sai Market Tour from Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Day Trips
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Doi Tung Hill Tribes and Mae Sai Market Tour from Chiang Rai

Enjoy a full day tour of Doi Tung and visit the villa of Thailand’s Princess Mother. We finish our day with a trip to Mae Sai market, located on the ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.51
Private Full-Day Tour to Chiang Saen, the Golden Triangle, and Hill Tribes of Mae Sai from Chiang ... 
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Private Full-Day Tour to Chiang Saen, the Golden Triangle, and Hill Tribes of Mae Sai from Chiang Rai

Explore Thailand's Chiang Rai region on this private day trip to the historic former capital city, Chiang Saen; the border of three countries (Laos, Thailand, ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.86
Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Private Day ... 
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Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Start your full-day privately guided excursion to Mae Chan to visit the Yao and the Akha hilltribe villages from Chiang Rai. Your private guide offers you ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.69

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