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Hill Tribe Museum, Chiang Rai

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Learn about some of the world's swiftly disappearing traditional cultures at Hill Tribe Museum. Aimed at informing visitors about the region in the interest of promoting responsible tourism, the museum preserves the artifacts and customs of Thailand's hill dwelling peoples. Often the subject of misconceptions and persecution, the hill tribe cultures have also been threatened by forced relocation. Watch a 20-minute film before viewing further displays on subjects like the usage of bamboo in the villages and clothing. Take a moment to speak to the curators, who will eagerly share knowledge and advice with you. Put Hill Tribe Museum and other Chiang Rai attractions into our Chiang Rai trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • If you are interested in visiting any of the regional Hill Tribes it is best to go through this museum to book your tours - the tour guide provided very interesting insights into the cultural of the v...  more »
  • Felt like the Native Hill Tribe people were being used as props for tourist and did not look happy. I felt bad for their exploitation.  more »
  • Very interesting, colourful and shocking tour. The ladies make amazing handy crafts, they have these on offer to sell and you can watch them at work also. The hill tribe women live a very simple exist...  more »
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  • Cold and unwelcoming atmosphere. The information is quite interesting but the museum looks like it hasn't been updated since the 1980s. 50 baht for entry is too expensive.
  • Old and small museum but full of detailed information. Great weaving demonstration by a talented lady.
  • Not a very big one. The video they play is interesting.
  • Nice little museum that's worth visiting if you have the time and are in the area, but don't go out of your way for it. 50 baht entry. Information is in English, and is about the exploitation of the tribes for tourists, and there's an interesting section on opium. It all feels a bit dated but it's good to support what the centre is doing.
  • Tribal Museum located in Chiang Rai city. Helpful offer, hill tribes living in Japan to explain.
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