Chiang Mai: Hill Tribe Culture and Photography Tour
Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel for your Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Culture and Photography Tour. We will drive to Chiang Dao, about 70kms north of Chiang Mai. We will first visit a village where Akha and Lisu live together. We will spend some time here to meet some of the villagers. They will show you their traditional dress and your guide will explain about these interesting 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 pose also on pictures with them. The Akha women are most well known for their specific headdress. The dress of the Lisu is colourful.
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. It is time for lunch. We will enjoy lunch in one of the villages, depending on the timing.
We will then visit a village of the Dara-Ang, in Thailand known as Palong. The Palong come from Myanmar and settled in this area in the 1980’s. Their dress is particularly colourful and interesting. In this village most women still wear traditional dress and they don’t do that because there are tourists visiting. Apart from having the opportunity to make photographs of traditional dress and posing together with local people you will also learn about their culture.
We should then get on our way back to Chiang Mai. Last stop today will be the magnificent viewpoint Mon Cham where we will meet a couple of Hmong villagers who show us their beautiful traditional dress. The Hmong have beautiful decorated dress.
Return to Chiang Mai. It is also possible to add an optional visit to a settlement where Karen Long Neck aka Padaung people live. It’s a tourist village but nevertheless interesting and friendly. Let us know if you want to add this to your trip. In this case we would have to alter the time schedule a bit. Extra costs will apply.
We will drop you off at your hotel in Chiang Mai.