Hill tribe museum is situated on the 3rd floor of the nonprofit Population & Community Development Association (PDA) building in Thanalai, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai. The museum has been open for more than 18 years. A visit to this museum is very useful before any trek to the hill tribe villages.
Photo inside Hill Tribe Museum
This museum was built to strengthen the relationship between Thailand and minority groups, between Thailand and the international community. It helps visitors to understand more about the way of life of people from 6 hill tribes including Akha, Lahu, Yao, Karen, Lisu, and Hmong, problems of hill tribe people. It also broadens your perspective on opium and its abuse.
Traditional clothes of Hill tribes
A visit begins with a 20-minute slide show on Thailand's hill tribes, followed by self-guided exploration among exhibits. Coming to visit the museum, you will be able to see artifacts about hill tribe people, including typical clothing for six major tribes, examples of bamboo usage, folk implements, migration to Southeast Asia, harvest equipment, and other anthropological objects. The museum also provides information about the 5,500-year history of opium, and its effect on hill tribe people. The exhibition is available in 5 different languages: Thai, English, French, German, and Japanese.
Display inside Hill Tribe Museum
In the museum, there is a souvenir shop where you can buy unique wickerwork and local basketry such as kitbags, clothes, and ornaments
The admission fee is only 50 Baht. The entrance fee includes a voucher for a soft drink at the adjoining Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant.
Opening hours: 8.00-18.00 (From Monday to Friday) and 10.00-18.00 (Saturday-Sunday)
Address: 3rd Floor PDA Building, 620/1 Thanalai Road, Chiang Rai
How to get to Hill Tribe Museum
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.