Highland People Discovery Museum

Highland People Discovery Museum

Highland People Discovery Museum
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An ode to cultural heritage, each Thailand hilltribe is represented via ceremonial costumes, musical instruments and tools.
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jan0zs
Brisbane, Australia10 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I wondered why this place wasn't packed, the exhibition is so comprehensive, informative, interesting and for me, quite nostalgic.

I'm so lucky to have visited and stayed in an authentic hill tribe village 43 years ago before any of current civilisation integrated to make the tribes what they are today, so I recognised a lot of the early history.

Obviously it's better now because they grow food crops, not just opium. They now have infrastructure, transport, education and modern appliances. None of that existed all those decades ago until the former King and Queen implemented programs to make a better way of life for the hill tribe people. All of this is explained in wonderful detail in early film footage.

I'm sad that I know longer have all the original jewellery and clothing that I bought all those years ago, it's all in the museum now. Showing my age!

Don't miss one of the best exhibitions in Thailand. You'll easily spend a couple of hours watching video presentations, looking at all the different clothing and artifacts (and appreciating the air-conditioning).

There's no entry fee, only a voluntary donation system if you want to contribute.
It's well worth it.
Written December 7, 2023
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kavitacarnell
Chiang Rai, Thailand61 contributions
Jan 2020
We had a good 90 minutes here, very informative. I love the way they present their clothing and jewellery. The exhibition had a lot of videos explaining the tribes’ history, traditions and culture so that it was easy to get the important stuff.
The clothes are amazing

We used grab taxi which was about 100 bhat.
Written January 23, 2020
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mollydolly856
17 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
I'm staying only a 15 minute walk from where the map told me the museum was so I decided to ditch my bike and take a walk over. Boy was I wrong. It is actually about a 40 minute walk further north and by the time someone helped me with directions and I got the proper address from Google, they were closing down.

I was able to walk around the grounds and see the tribal village which was really cool. They're not open on weekends and close at 4 pm so plan wisely. Will update my review when I'm able to get inside the actual museum!
Written July 10, 2015
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Retiredinbali
Ubud, Indonesia12 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
Is museum is now closed an no one could tell me when and if it will open again. We went there today, and many of the windows were broken and the gates were locked. Don't bother wasting your time trying to go here. It's too bad that both this museum and the textile museum are both closed. If Chiang Mai wants to be a tourist attraction.....they need to provide things to attract us besides "Flight of the Gibbons".
Written December 25, 2012
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deeg213
Wenatchee, WA20 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
The museum is free to visit, however, if you feel you want to donate a small sum, there is a donation box, and they are very appreciative of anything you give. I found the exhibits very informative. I had no idea there were several different tribes. The exhibits to a good job of introducing the specific tribe, their clothing, traditions, issues with modern life and how they are coping with problems. 15 minute introductory video and several displays and videos specific to each tribe. There are also one or two Q-codes in each section you can scan with your phone to access a couple more YouTube videos. They have a small gift shop with numerous hand made items from various tribes: coin purses, bags, clothing, wall hangings and some jewelry. If you chose to purchase items, bring cash, there is no equipment in place to use credit cards.
Written December 14, 2017
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Olivia R
Huddersfield, UK65 contributions
Visited the museum that was out of the centre with the outdoor model houses. Seemed closed when we first arrived but we headed to a main office where a truly lovely gentleman, the director, joined us and explained the museum. There is a small amount of factual information explaining each tribe, the social structures, familial traditions etc, accompanied by photos. Then the director personally took us round each style of tribal dwelling, explaining the layout and structure, the implements inside for cooking, worship, music etc and clothing styles. Some of the huts are actually lived in by tribes people, who walmly welcomed us to look around their home despite being sat down to lunch. The director's english was not brilliant but he tried his best to describe things to us and showed an interest in us personally, where we had been, where we were going etc. He gave us loads of leaflets on other places to visit in chiang mai too. There is a gift shop where charming handicrafts from the tribe are sold including sweet little thai worry dolls for children, purses, bags and bookmarks. Museum is free. Had a wonderful time and left feeling more informed.
Written January 16, 2014
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Iman Alshamsi
18 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Small museum in a park. We went there on a rainy day. We watched a 15 min video about different mountain tribes which was informative.
Written August 7, 2019
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TREKKEARL
Luzon, Philippines223 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
This is not a review but to let other visitors know that it is closed and will open next month. It's out of the way and you'll just get disappointed just like me to arrive there and be told it's closed. Also, make sure you have transpo back as I didn't see any tuk tuk or songthaew nearby.
Written December 28, 2016
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Kate K
Reno, NV44 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
Relatively new building on a peninsula in the middle of a pond. Very pretty outside and for history nerds inside. Though a/c lures very strong. They give you a spare shoes for the museum carpet. If you find old agricultural tools and clothing for your taste you might benefit from visiting. No foto. Donations.
Written December 14, 2016
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ferrellius
Albany, Western Australia80 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
We were not planning to visit any Hill Tribes during our stay in Chiang Mai so we thought we would check out the Tribal Museum. It's in a lovely building surrounded by a lake. Upon entering we were greeted by the friendly staff & shown into the lovely little theatre room. A short film gave an overview & a bit of history on all the different tribes which was a good introduction before moving on to all the other exhibits which have been very nicely set up. Surprisingly we were the only people visiting the museum at the time, hopefully more people will make the effort to visit this interesting museum. Definately worth it.
Written October 15, 2015
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