There are many Hill Tribes throughout the North of Thailand, of which there are six main Tribes. Hill Tribes people can trace their origins from the Sino-Tibetan geographical area, an exodus of ancient peoples out of China from as far back as 2000 years ago. Their history is shrouded in myth and legend, but these semi-nomadic peoples moved slowly, driven by the need to find new land to replace the exhausted land from their 'slash and burn' farming techniques. Eventually arriving on the northern borders of Thailand, the Payap, also known as the Golden Triangle.
The Tribes that occupy the lush green hillsides and valleys are all of a very gentle tribal race. The main Tribes are The Karen, The Hmong, The Akha, The Mien, The Lahu and The Lisu. Each of the main Tribes has various tribal divisions, for example, a well known sub-division of the Karen Tribe is the Padaun,g more commonly referred to as the Long-neck Tribe. Of all the Hill Tribes, the ones that you will come across in the Chiang Mai Province of Thailand are the Hmong and the Karen (not the Long-Neck tribe). There are 'tourist' villages that have been set up purely for the sake of tourism, but if you want to experience the real culture of authentic Hill Tribes then the genuine Karen and Hmong Tribes are the villages to see.
Where To Visit
Doi Nok Strawberry Resort has route maps and details of where to find some of these villages which are on some of the most beautifully scenic routes. Some of the view points are situated high up in the mountains, one of which is at an altitude of approximately 4,194 ft. The views of the farmed terraces and mountains is really breath-taking and temperatures are often noticeably and welcomingly cooler and there may even be a pleasant breeze. Some of our suggested tours and activities also include a visit to a genuine Tribal village, situated a short distance from the resort.