Union Hilltribe Villages
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Veerle V
Londerzeel, Belgium62 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was sad, really sad… It really felt like we were in a zoo. The only difference with a zoo, is that here the animals have been replaced by humans…
The entrance fee is 300 bath, not sure if any of the people we say will get any of that money. They were all dressed up in their tribe’s clothing. They just wanted to sell you stuff, people were very pushy and they didn’t seem happy to me.. Also, although there were women and children, we didn’t see any man, except for the on at the entrance, collecting the money..
Written 27 November 2023
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Nicole S
Surfers Paradise, Australia437 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I did a lot of research before deciding to stop here. On the one hand, its' commercialised and a tourist attraction and the people are on display, on the other this is there only way to support themselves until they are recognised as citizens so they can work in the community.
We hired a private driver for the day and it was just the two of us walking through the first 4 tribes. The first thing we heard was "100 baht, 100 baht" with stalls around (it's a display village of 5 tribes, the people don't live there) selling pretty much the same thing. We were asked to sit down and watch a dance (then donate) and for the most part, they were just going through the motions and didn't seem interested at all. It was all very uncomfortable and cringe worthy.
The last tribe was the longneck tribe. We found them the most friendly and came accross some other tourits on their way out. The whole thing took 40 minutes. 300 baht to enter (not sure how much of that the tribes actually see). I made an consious effort to be very respectful, always ask permission for a photo before taking one, and supported them buy purchasing items on the way around.
As I'm unlikely to get to Myanmar where they come from, this was a great way to understand other cultures. However, make up your own mind. I certainly wouldn't do it again. I think the way you decide to do it (if you do) matters.
Written 15 August 2023
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Gabriel P
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As we entered the villages, we were told that the people living there are original from Myanmar and moved to Thailand due to better living conditions.

Generally, you will see lots of people dressed in traditional attires and golden neck / arm / feet rings, which was quite interesting.

The whole experience seemed a bit commercial due to the fact that everyone was trying to sell the same objects, some hand made there and some industrially produced and advertised as hand made.
Written 8 February 2020
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May F
Loveland, CO2,461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
I highly really highly recommend this to anyone that appreciates cultural experience. You pay a fee of THB300 to support the community of these villagers there. You will walk around the real villagers home to see the 5 tribes that live in that area. Meet the Akha, Yao, Lahu, Kayaw and long neck Karen or Kayan tribes. Enjoy the lush of the bamboo forest, liliy ponds, pineapple fields and chickens. A typical settlement of their tribes. You mostly see women and their your children around there wearing their traditional costumes selling art crafts to tourists. Pictures are permitted if you asked politely. Drop a tip.
Written 21 October 2019
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RobinAnn44
Bangkok, Thailand54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
A 40-minute walk-about, with many locally made products being sold by local tribe’s women, of 5 different tribes. Worth a visit just to see all the kind smiles and costumes of the tribes people. Went in off season when we were the only tourists there, so made it a little awkward for feeling we needed to buy more than we usually would. But the quality of their work seemed excellent (though we recognized some products that we’d seen in Cambodia too).
Written 7 September 2019
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Pablo C
Barcelona, Spain93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Very touristic place but I gotta say it’s quite a must as you’ll probably won’t have many more chances to see these tribes and their “ways” of living.

We found it quite expensive to enter (300 baht per person).

Written 20 August 2019
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,056 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Our guide was a member of a hill tribe, but he did not live in one of the traditional villages. It was clear that he was recognized at this site. He picked up a heavy walking stick from a rack when we entered the compound, and thumped it as he walked. That seemed to be the signal for the residents to get on station on their front porches and start working on their crafts.

Our guide provided a lot of background beyond what was on the English language signs. We left with an understanding of why these people were here, rather than across the border in their native land; and why there were only young boys and old men here.

The ladies were friendly, and eager to explain the crafts they were working on. Except for one village, we did not feel pressured to purchase anything.

People quickly put on their native dress and danced in two of the villages. Signs made it clear they wanted a tip.

On the one hand, we were given an opportunity to see their style of dress and the type of homes they lived in. On the other, we felt it was like people put on display for commercial purposes. We were glad we stopped, but had the feeling we had just seen a demonstration or production.
Written 4 June 2019
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CarlaColumna123
Cologne, Germany1,404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
12 km from Chiang Rai at the top of the hills, there are 5 hill-tribes' villages: Lahu, Kayaw, Long Neck Karen, Yao and Akha. It is such an experience seeing these indigenous people living in harmony with each other and the nature. We learned a lot about their unique traditions and culture. They produce amazing handicrafts!
Written 28 February 2019
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ReneW
Prayssac, France249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Nice taking the time to explore the place, even outside the village. My girlfriend is a Thai so interaction was easier. Nobody pushy there and if u show respect taking pictures is permitted. A little tip is always welcome. It’s a real village, some staying there for more than 8 years. If u think the entry price is too high , try to remember places like Marken in The Netherlands , to visit the place u have to pay an entry fee too, nobody talks about a zoo there.
Written 10 February 2019
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chan_pup
Bangkok, Thailand379 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
Nothing extraordinary at this place.... walking through the villages of the 5 hill tribes and watching performances put up by the respective tribes.There are stores selling native items but the same items can be purchased in downtown ChiangRai. The terrain is hilly and best avoided when it rains as it is muddy and slippery. Like most tourist attractions entrance fees are higher for foreigners BHT 300 versus BHT 200 for locals. Not worth a visit if you are travelling all the way from town just to come here
Written 28 November 2018
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