Chiang Mai: Hill Tribe Culture and Photography Tour

Price per person in THB
2 persons3 persons4 persons5 persons6 persons7 persons8 persons
  5,6004,000 3,2002,7002,300 2,100 1,900

This private one-day tour will bring you to several tribal villages in the Chiang Dao district. We will visit communities of Akha, Lisu, Karen and Palong (Dara-Ang). In each of these villages, you will meet local people who will show you their most beautiful traditional dress. You will be able to take pictures of them and with them for which we compensate them. We have organized this after close consultation with them. You will support the local people and raise awareness, pride, and appreciation of their traditional dress.

Total driving time: four hours


From: 5,600.00 ฿

Two women in a ricefield
Two Sgaw Karen women in traditional dress

Chiang Mai Tribal photography Tour: the Akha and Lisu

This is a private tour. Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel at 0800 for your Chiang Mai Tribal Photography Tour. We will drive to Chiang Dao, about 70kms north of Chiang Mai. There we will first visit a village where Akha and Lisu people live together. We will spend some time here to meet some of the villagers. They will show you their traditional dress. Your guide will explain these fascinating tribes who migrated from China more than a century ago. You are free to take photographs of Akha and Lisu who will dress up in their most beautiful traditional dress. You can also pose for pictures with them. The Akha women are most well known for their specific headdresses. The dress of the Lisu is very colorful.

Our next stop is a Karen village where we will meet some of the villagers and learn about their dress and traditions. The Karen are the most numerous of Thailand’s tribal groups. We will enjoy lunch in one of the villages, depending on the timing.

Palong (Palaung) aka Dara-Ang

We will then visit a village of the Dara-Ang, in Thailand known as Palong. The Palong people came from Myanmar and settled in this area in the 1980s. Their dress is particularly colorful. In this village, most women still wear traditional dress. Apart from having the opportunity to make photographs of traditional dress and pose together with local people, you will also learn about their culture. We should then get on our way back to Chiang Mai. The last stop today will be the Hmong village Ban Mae Sa Mai in the Mae Sa Valley. Here we will show you the traditional dress of the Hmong people.

After a day full of traditional dress we will drop you off at your hotel in Chiang Mai. It is the end of your Chiang Mai Tribal Photography Tour.

Belt of Palong people Palong Hill Tribe
Palong belt


Comfortable private transportation

Lisu traditional dress

Akha traditional dress

Karen traditional dress

Palaung (Dara-Ang) traditional dress

Hmong traditional dress


What is included?

English speaking guide
Transportation by AC Minivan
Drinking water during meals
Limited medical insurance

What is not included?

Other drinks except for water during meals
Personal expenses


08.00 – Departure from hotel
10.00 – Arrive Akha and Lisu village, meeting with local people
11.00 – visit Karen Village
12.00 – Visit Palong village and lunch at the village
13.30 – Departs from the village
14.30 – visit Hmong village, Ban Mae Sa Mai
15.30 – Drive back to Chiang Mai
16.30 – drop off at the hotel