Doi Pui Mong Hill Tribe Village

Doi Pui Mong Hill Tribe Village

Doi Pui Mong Hill Tribe Village
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madtat
Riverside, RI1,295 contributions
Friends
This was a good 45 minutes up a mountain from the old city; maybe more. The road was being repaved in a very unorthodox, unorganized Thai style that made travel more difficult and a little dangerous. As we neared the top, past the popular template, the road got more narrow and took on the look of a woods road only still asphalt. The view was incredible from this height and a little unnerving with a primitive attempt to keep your vehicle from plunging off a cliff in the form of a semi guard rail. We saw no other vehicles as we approached the summit. As we reached the top we came across a large clearing jammed with primitive housing structures on the perimeter of tourist shacks selling souvenirs. There is a concrete path that winds its way up the mountain as it passes through stall after stall of souvenirs. Most of the stall workers don’t speak to you. Some say hello. Many young women played with their phones, not even looking up. About half way up there is a museum of tribal artifacts to view for 10 baht. The museum is actually a small enclosure the size of a one car garage. Exit through the back and you’re outside in front of a beautiful, massive, hillside garden of flowers and herbs. The concrete path continues through the garden up and up until you are very high above the village with a great view of the garden below. A little higher up and you enter a cafe with cold and hot drinks and coffee beans for purchase. There are also bathrooms if needed. Behind the Cafe is a thick jungle with exceptionally tall bamboo trees that make for great photos. Then you make your way back down the concrete path which brings you back into the gift stalls. If you’re physically able to maneuver through the stalls on the concrete path which is constantly going up and the footing can be a little tricky, then I recommend this outing for an original experience.
Written March 27, 2022
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Chris F
Wroughton, UK246 contributions
Couples
This village consists of many different sub-districts dedicated to different tribes that mostly are in exile from surrounding countries such as Burma (as was), Nepal and Cambodia. They are all practicing their traditional skills of weaving, carving etc and their products are all for sale. You can also have a go as shooting with a traditional bow and arrow and there are fields where farming activities are taking place. All of the different tribes have different styles, colours of dress, jewellery etc. The ‘long neck’ tribe as they are called by local Thais stretch appear to stretch their necks with stacked rings around their necks, but the reality is that the shoulders and rib cage are actually pushed down. All in all very pleasant to walk around and view although it feels a little bit intrusive at times.
Written February 22, 2020
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CltHokie2014
Charlotte, NC50 contributions
Going to the village was a good opportunity to see a mountain village. The effort made to have a school there was very impressive. Recommend visiting if you have the time and don’t mind riding in the back of a pickup truck over a dirt road to get to the village.
Written February 18, 2020
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Nashboroguy
Zhangjiagang, China212 contributions
While some may see this as a tourist trap, and others see this as a human zoo, it is as authentic as it gets for these people living here. By visiting there, you are supporting their way of life. They are refugees from other countries, given this space by Thailand, to develop and grow. Yes, it is a tourist market. They are not pushy, They are very friendly and willing to talk and take photos with you. And, you walk away with some education about a new kind of human being. This is my second visit to the area. It was worth every bhat I spent. If you have a choice between visiting this site or the one in Chiang Rai, I HIGHLY recommend this one. It is much more developed, has more ethnic groups in one location, and it is much more educational.
Written January 27, 2020
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tohxinru
Singapore, Singapore1,317 contributions
From Bhubing Palace, it cost 40 baht to go to Doi Pui Hmong Hill Tribe Village via the red song thaew. Starting from the drop off point, there was a row of market stalls mainly selling coffee, fruits, dried fruits, fruit wines, bags, and clothes (very similar to what is sold in Doi Inthanon Hmong Market). This was followed by a ticketing area where you could pay 10 baht to enter a small flower garden and look at a tiny waterfall. You could rent an ethnic costume for 50 baht for 15 minutes for photo taking in this area. Overall, though it was a commercialised area for tourists with nothing particularly impressive, it was a relatively pleasant little walk and we did see glimpses of the local village life.
Written January 14, 2020
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heyjudithz
Knoxville, TN1,498 contributions
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I was excited to be going to an actual Hmong Village. The Hill Tribe people are not indigenous to Thailand; they settled here after escaping Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam during troubled times. I understand that they have no written alphabet. After reflecting on it, I wouldn't call this a village. But it does provide vital work opportunities for its residents, so I don't want to leave a rude comment, as others have done. Instead, I'll tell you about what I saw. Upon arrival, you walk up an interesting hill through a series of booths selling goods such as colorful clothing, textiles, lots of cute baby clothes, jewelry, tea, and medicinal products. I found this part interesting. At the exit of this shopping part of the area is a tiny "museum", containing mostly photos, and some tools and handmade bells to put on your cow or goat so that you will know where they are. After exiting the museum, there is an amazing hillside garden with trails running through it. All of the plants seem to have a medicinal use. The jewel in the crown is a very nice little coffee shop perched on the hillside, affording commanding views of the area. The coffee is quite good and costs at least as much as coffee in the U.S., so I could not buy a lot to bring home. The folks there were very nice (as is everyone in Thailand) and the restroom is clean. I think it was worth the visit, for sure, it's just not a "village" and not what I expected. We had lunch in the market area, made by a Hmong woman and her husband. The food was great and inexpensive.
Written June 11, 2019
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Wael K
Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon14 contributions
A good place to spend an hour walking among locals, buying from their market and enjoying a small village with children playing around and people going with their everyday life. there was a funeral when i went there which make the experience more local and awkward. the hillside is nice and there is a lot of photo opportunities for photographers, we bought few things from the market, there is a small restaurant with a nice view on the top but we didn't try it
Written August 20, 2018
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Mary P
Chicago, IL302 contributions
Couples
This little village was nice to walk through. The people aren't pushy about selling their wares and are generally just going bout their business. It's nice to support them in their current endeavors as they used to grow and sell opium...
Written July 25, 2018
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Instantcalmer
Yasothon, Thailand1,031 contributions
Couples
The village is about 10km past Wat Doi Suthep and about 5km past the king's palace. The road is potholed and narrow so drive carefully.
Don't expect to see a newly discovered Amazon-like tribe living in the jungle. They have cars, bikes, smartphones and the rest. But you will get a glimpse of how they once lived i the hills of China, Burma and Thailand. The museum is basic and there are some examples of old houses to view.
The gardens and the view over the misty hills are beautiful. The stalls sell clothes, bags, silk and trinkets much cheaper than the Chiang Mai night markets. Friendly guys will chat you up to sell you super cheap gems showing you how they cut glass and resist a flame. I expect they are synthetic but they are cheap enough especially if you bargain. The coffee shop up the hill offers great coffee and the usual drinks. You can dress up for a photo shoot in traditional clothes. All good fun.
Written August 31, 2017
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GD365
Portsmouth, UK4,526 contributions
This is a village of the Hmong people. Some reviewers suggest it's just a 'tourist trap' with all the market stalls, but that's not really true. The daily market is a major part of the Hmongs income, and what's on sale is far better value than the same products at shops in towns/cities. What's more, the income from here goes straight into the villagers pockets. So by buying here, you're contributing to the community.
Written January 2, 2017
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