Hilltribe Museum

A visit to the Hill Tribe Museum in Chaing Rai offers a rich insight and understanding into the ethnic groups across the north of Thailand. Hill tribes have made their homes in several locations around Chiang Rai, and a visit to the museum before your trek is a lovely way to explore. Join a guided trek to discover the stunning natural beauty of this mountainous terrain and visit a traditional hill tribe village.

Ancient artefacts and sacred traditions

This small but informative museum tells the story of the six main tribes from the area: the Karen, Ahka, Hmong, Lisu, Lahu, and Lawa people. The museum is packed with a fascinating mix of digital media and anthropological artefacts; the museum’s curator has incorporated everything from clothing and headdresses to tools and bamboo traps, and is often on hand to share his enthusiasm for the unique history and culture of the hill tribes.

Ran by non-profit community development organisation, PDA, funds raised go directly towards projects benefitting the local hill tribe communities. It’s the PDA’s respectful, ethical tours of the hill tribe areas that are so fascinating to join, too.

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Manager

“Don’t miss the advice on hill tribe customs and etiquette, which will stand you in good stead when visiting the villages. Taboos such as touching sacred features are explained with care and respect.” 


Destination Executive

“You can buy beautiful handmade crafts and garments created by hill tribe communities, or eat in their café, to help further support their projects.”