Hill Tribe Museum

Hill Tribe Museum, Chiang Rai: Address, Phone Number, Hill Tribe Museum Reviews: 4/5

Hill Tribe Museum
4
About
A cultural exploration of the nine major hill tribes.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Top ways to experience similar attractions

The area
Popular mentions

4.0
445 reviews
Excellent
120
Very good
191
Average
100
Poor
20
Terrible
14

Evgenii
Krasnodar, Russia6 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Nice place with different tribe's stuff and informative video and texts. It's worth visiting if you are in Chiang-Rai.
Written December 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alain K
Bangkok, Thailand345 contributions
Apr 2021
Good displays, with plenty of bilingual explanations on the hill tribes and on opium, accompanied by good background information on history
Written April 5, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Fenella H
7 contributions
Feb 2021
Interesting museum which breaks down the history of Hilltribes in Thailand and their differences in culture, beliefs and life including dress, houses, relationships etc. Only there for an hour max but lovely to see that local authorities recognise their heritage and working with them to preserve the history whilst increasing quality of life such as access to healthcare and education.
Written February 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mark S
Knoxville, TN106 contributions
Feb 2020
Excellent opportunity to learn about the hill tribes, many displays, artifacts, videos. Surprisingly, the hill tribes are not permitted citizenship in Thailand. They deserve attention.
Written May 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

robertolong
Turin, Italy302 contributions
Mar 2020
We came back the second time after 8 years, but we notice no improvement in the layout nor in the pieces of art. The museum has to be reconsidered and updated.
Written April 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Robert L
Falmouth, UK303 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Went to visit in a group
Not worth wasting your time
When you actually see the people they don’t seem like tribes people
Just anybody out in the sticks selling rubbish
Save your time
Written March 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mark M
Jalisco, Mexico270 contributions
Jan 2020
We went to the Hill Tribes Museum in CR, and while it looked like it was at its prime 20+ years ago, it had a lot of interesting information. It is run by the a foundation that seeks (sought?) to help the tribes, prevent exploitation, better health care, etc. The foundation pushes prevention of disease, HIV and unwanted pregnancies, along with respectful treatment of the cultures for the people. We enjoyed it, and it was a good "accretion" of information we first picked up in Chiang Mai at the Lanna Folklife Museum and the Highland People Discovery Museum. They have some interesting examples of things not at other museums, like a bird trap. And bird nests from weaver birds, with a description that explains the birds also catch living fireflies and stick them (still alive) in mud in their nests to illuminate the inside. Maybe they make a good snack later?

You can read their perspective on why the "Karen Long Neck Village" visits are really not cool.

The museum also had a very good if old and tired (last updated 2003) timeline of the history of opium, focused on the political ramifications. A very digestible chunk of information to add to your Thailand savvy.
Written January 31, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

xuanlocdoc
Big Rock, Illinois312 contributions
Jan 2020
The yards have their own culture that varies from ethnic Thai in many ways. Interesting to see some of the history and development
Written January 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Feenixwest
Fort Collins, CO1,475 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The museum is on the 3rd floor via elevator and just about all the locals know where it is. After paying the admission fee, we saw the 20 minute video which was quite informative. There’s a time line on opium which takes awhile to get through. There’s examples of different dress related to the various tribes. Lots of arrangements of tools on the floor which would be difficult for preschoolers to keep their hands off so I think their parents would be too distracted to enjoy the museum. Great little gift shop with beautiful tribe handicrafts reasonably priced.
Written December 31, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Harriet K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands44 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
It was nice and educational, but a bit small. I had expected a whole lot more things on display. But if you are interested to know a little more about the Hilltribes this is the place to be.
Written December 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 346
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Hill Tribe Museum