The hill tribes of Northern Thailand are several distinct indigenous groups that have lived in the Golden Triangle Region for centuries as subsistence farmers.
Comprised of multiple ethnic groups, the hill tribes have distinct languages, styles of dress, and cultures from one another. The Akha, Lahu, Karen, Hmong, Mien, Paduang and Lisu tribes can be found in the mountains of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. The bright clothing, hand crafted goods, and intriguing culture of these hill tribes entice travelers on luxury tours of Thailand to visit the sleepy villages of these indigenous people.
Of these tribes, the famous “long-necked” women of the Paduang are probably the most recognized. As part of the Paduang culture, women begin wearing a series of interlocking brass rings around their necks at an early age, and add an additional ring each birthday.
The best weather for tours of Northern Thailand is during the temperate November through January season. The heaviest rain falls June through October, and the highest temperatures run February through May.
Hill tribe villages dot the Northern Thailand mountain ranges. The most traveler friendly villages lie in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai. These villages are best accessed by a private vehicle.
Cultural enthusiasts on tours of Thailand are particularly fond of experiencing the simple life style of the hill tribes. The distinct dress, cuisine, languages, and hospitality of these indigenous groups leave lasting impressions on visitors.
Appropriate Attire :
Western wear is acceptable in the villages.
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