Hill Tribe Museum and Education Center in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Hill tribe Museum and Education Center

The Hill tribe Museum and Education Center is situated on the 3rd floor of the nonprofit Population & Community Development Association (PDA) building. This museum has been open for more than 18 years. Its objective is to build a stronger relationship between Thailand and minority groups and between Thailand and international community for a better understanding of the way of life of people from 6 hill tribes.

The displays are underwhelming in their visual presentation, but contain a wealth of information on Thailand’s various tribes such as Akha, Lahu, Yao, Karen, Lisu and Hmong and the issues that surround them. A visit begins with a 20-minute slide show on Thailand’s hill tribes, followed by self-guided exploration among exhibits that include typical clothing for six major tribes, examples of bamboo usage, folk implements, migration to Southeast Asia, harvest equipment and other anthropological objects The exhibition is available in 5 languages: Thai, English, French, German and Japanese. In this area, unique wickerwork and local basketry such as kit bags, cloths and ornaments are also displayed and available for sale in the souvenir shop. Open from Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00 and Saturday-Sunday 10.00-18.00.

How to get there:

  • Drive from Wat Klang Wiang Chai on Rattana Khet Rd. to the intersection. Then, turn left and stay on Thanalai Rd. for about 500m. The museum is on the left-hand side close to Chiang Rai Vocational College.

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