Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Villages

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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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Wat Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

Discover the ancient Wat Doi Suthep temple and native Hmong hill-tribe village on this day trip from Chiang Mai. Explore historic monuments in Wat Doi Suthep, enjoy scenic views of Chiang Mai city atop the temple, and visit the traditional Hmong hill-tribe village. Exploration of ancient Wat Doi Suthep temple Discovery of historic Hmong hill-tribe village Exotic nagas (dragon) staircase at Wat Doi Suthep Panoramic views of Chiang Mai & its surroundings Native hill-tribe household to learn customs & routines
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Chiang Rai One Day Tour from Chiang Mai including White Temple & Golden Triangle

Visit the magnificent City of Chiang Rai on a full-day tour from Chiang Mai City. Enjoy the flexibility of a profesionall guide throughout the day as you visit the White Temple of Wat Rong Khun, Golden Triangle, Mae Sai and more, with a break for lunch in a local restaurant. This 12 hours tour from Chiang Mai includes pickup and drop-off at city hotels, lunch, and entrance fees, and it’s a fun, personal way to explore the sites of northern Thailand. • Exploration of Chiang Rai's must-see sights in 1 day • Panoramic landscapes over magnificent Mekong River • Pivotal Golden Triangle bordering Thailand, Myanmar & Laos • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$39.20
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Chiang Mai Adventure: Zipline, Whitewater Rafting, and Long-Neck Hill Tribe

Experience the best of rural Chiang Mai on a full-day excursion that combines several activities. Raft the whitewater rapids of the Mae Taeng River,  float on a bamboo raft, zipline through the jungle, and learn about northern Thailand’s hill tribes on a visit to a local village. Top off the trip with a stop at the Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park, an eco-friendly outdoor museum. A buffet lunch is also included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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3-Day Chiang Mai and Golden Triangle Tour Including Doi Mae Salong

Experience Thailand’s famous Golden Triangle on a 3-day tour cultural tour from Chiang Mai. Visit the border where Thailand meets with Laos and Myanmar (Burma), tour the Hall of Opium museum and marvel at the natural limestone formations within the Chiang Dao Caves. You’ll sail upon the Khong River in a longtail boat and soak in the waters of Maoe Ka Chan hot springs. This guided small-group tour also includes a visit to Doi Mae Salong, a hillside village steeped in Chinese history. Includes round-trip transport from Chiang Mai.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Hill Tribe Village Tour and River Cruise including Lunch from Chiang Mai

Encounter northern Thailand’s extraordinary cultures on a full-day river cruise to the hill tribe villages in the ancient Mon kingdom. Visit a community of Hmong-speakers as you drive the scenic roads to Thaton, dine at a village restaurant and travel the Mae Kok River to Baan Mai. Explore villages that are home to Akha, Palong and Karen peoples, whose diverse costumes, languages and traditions are among Thailand’s most vivid cultural heritage. Climb to the hilltop temple of Wat Thaton, and gaze at panoramic views of the densely forested mountain landscape.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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4-Night Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek

Set out from Chiang Mai to trek through northern Thailand’s mountainous jungle on a three-day private tour. With an experienced guide by your side, you’ll explore the area around Chiang Dao, visiting Karen, Akha and other remote hill tribe villages, dining on (and if you like, helping prepare) northern Thai cuisine, and bedding down in bamboo huts. You’ll even have time to enjoy Chiang Mai and its offerings at your own pace with sightseeing tips catered specifically to your interests.
  • Duration: 5 days
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2-Day Chiang Dao Valley Family Trek from Chiang Mai

Get into the Thai jungle with your family on this hike. Walk to a village through the dense jungle and whispering bamboo. Local guides will lead you along the way, and transfers between hotels and walking destinations are included. This hike offers the opportunity to see more of rural Thailand and get out of the hectic city. The walk is mostly downhill, so not too tiring, but keeps people of all ages happy.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$206.99
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4-Day Northern Thailand Mountain-Biking Adventure from Chiang Mai

Explore northern Thailand on a 4-day bike tour from Chiang Mai. Ride through Chiang Dao valley to hill tribe villages and Chiang Dao caves, cruise down the Mae Kok River in a long-tail boat, cycle a scenic loop around Chiang Rai, and more, all accompanied by a guide who shares commentary on the region’s history and culture. Suitable for active people comfortable with mountain biking, this tour includes three nights of hotel accommodation, most meals, use of equipment, and round-trip transportation from Chiang Mai.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$501.79
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Mae Taeng River White-Water Rafting from Chiang Mai

Get ready for adventure on this full-day white-water rafting trip in northern Thailand, with round-trip transport from Chiang Mai. Navigate the brisk waters of the Mae Taeng River, paddling downstream past verdant mountain scenery, terraced rice paddies and hill-tribe villages. Expert guides will assist you in tackling the class 2 to 4 rapids (sometimes reaching class 5) on this 2-hour journey, which also includes a visit to Sai Nam Phung Orchid Farm, home to a variety of rare orchids and hundreds of butterflies. Thai lunch provided.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Chiang Rai Day Trip from Chiang Mai - White Temple, Golden Triangle & Hill Tribe

Visit the magnificent City of Chiang Rai on a full-day tour from Chiang Mai City. Enjoy the flexibility of a profesionall guide throughout the day as you visit the White Temple of Wat Rong Khun, Golden Triangle, Mae Sai and more, with a break for lunch in a local restaurant. This 12 hours tour from Chiang Mai includes pickup and drop-off at city hotels, lunch, and entrance fees, and it’s a fun, personal way to explore the sites of northern Thailand. • Exploration of Chiang Rai's must-see sights in 1 day • Panoramic landscapes over magnificent Mekong River • Pivotal Golden Triangle bordering Thailand, Myanmar & Laos • Comprehensive tour of temple, palace & hill-tribe village • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$41.99
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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