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Chiang Rai Hill Tribe Villages

Chiang Rai Hill Tribe Villages

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: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai

Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai

Enjoy the best of Thailand’s culture, traditions and destinations with this private tour of Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle from Chiang Rai. Your full-day adventure makes stops at Mae Chan, where you’ll visit the Yao and Akha hill tribe villages on your way from Chiang Rai. Traveling with a private guide insures all of your needs and desires are met, since the flexible excursion can be tailored to your interests. This exclusive experience allows you to enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional and western cuisine and pay a visit to the northern tip of the country where you’ll see the Thai-Burma border and wander the bustling public market.
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size