Chiang Mai Tribal Photography Tour: the Lisu people
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 the town of Chiang Dao, about 70kms north of Chiang Mai. This area has the highest diversity of indigenous people in Chiang Mai province. There we will first visit Huay Ko, a village where Akha and Lisu people live next to each other. First we will visit a house of a Lisu family who we know very well. We will spend some time here and chat about the history and the daily life in this community. Your guide will translate the story of the Lisu who migrated from China more than a century ago. Their traditional dress is beautiful and they are proud to show it to you.
Meet the Akha and White Karen people
After having said goodbye to the Lisu family we will visit a local house of an Akha Loimi family. The Akha women are most well known for their specific headdresses. We spend some time in this house to talk about life in the village and the “Akha Way of Life”. Our next stop is the Karen village of Pha Lai 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.They call themselves “Pakayor”.
We will enjoy lunch in one of the villages, depending on the timing.
Meet the Dara-ang people aka Palong (Palaung)
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. Most of the Dara-ang people in the Chiang Dao area have migrated from Myanmar to Thailand in the 1980s. They entered the country on the mountain Doi Angkhang, which is almost 100 km north of Chiang Dao. After that they settled in Chiang Dao district. The Dara-ang is one of the smallest groups of indigenous people in Thailand.
The final visit of the Chiang Mai Tribal Photography Tour: the White Hmong of Mae Sa Noi
Our last visit of the Chiang Mai Tribal Photography tour today is to the White Hmong village of Mae Sa Noi in the Mae Sa Valley. This village has a very active textile group that we will visit. The Hmong people migrated from China and Laos to Thailand over a long period of time. People believe that the Hmong settled in the Mae Sa Valley and on Suthep Moumtain (Doi Suthep) after World War Two. If you want to spend more time learning about the history of these communities and about the Royal Project that changed the lives of the mountain people you might want to go on the Hmong Experience.
The Hmong traditional dress is spectacular and the people will show you their best textiles and answer questions. After a wonderful time here we will drive back to Chiang Mai after a long day of memorable meetings and taking great photos. We hope you enjoy our Chiang Mai Tribal Photography Tour.