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“Important to visit and support their project”
Review of Hill Tribe Museum

Hill Tribe Museum
Ranked #22 of 84 things to do in Chiang Rai
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Owner description: A cultural exploration of the nine major hill tribes.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Important to visit and support their project”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

The museum it self is poor cuality wise. Dont expect any interactive, sound and touch type of screens etc. It is a very "homemade" like. Said that the content is complete and very interesting to see and experience, before starting your visit to the tribes in the north of Thailand. We foreigners can read the guide before we go but this gives you a ver simple and clear knowledge of their reality and explained by them. Visiting the museum will help them continue the project.

Visited September 2013
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Kapolei, HI
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367 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
“Not so enlightening”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

This gets a "just OK" from us. Not sorry we spent the time, but would not go out of our way to see it. Very little information, the displays seemed to repeat themselves.

Visited February 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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2,587 reviews
1,418 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,351 helpful votes
“Thunderstorm,hilltribes and cabbages& condoms”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is a special place to be stuck in during a torrential thunderstorm.In addition to informing visitors of the plight of hill Tribes,its volunteer staff work to educate them in adjusting to a modernising society.
The centre displays and sells their crafts. There is an excellent restaurant downstairs called "cabbages and condoms"
But back to the thunderstorm. It was so intense that we asked at the desk if they could call us a cab. The lass spoke no english,so the director of the center offered us a lift to our hotel. What ,a godsend!!.

Visited May 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Its not "smart" but good info”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Its an educational resource rather than entertainment. Do watch the video. Have your lunch downstairs.

Visited June 2013
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rome italy
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77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Small but interesting, very informative”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

The Hill Tribe Museum is a really good way to get a quick but helpful understanding of the various hill tribes in Northern Thailand, their origins, cultures, and social organization, and importantly, the difficult circumstances in which they live today. The video introduction to the different tribes is surprisingly informative, and some of the exhibitions are fascinating, such as the exhibitions on the opium trade and on the freak-show style exploitation of Karen women. (A visit to the museum will give you something to think about when you see a roadside sign with an arrow for "Long Necked Karen".) The museum is run by a non-profit foundation to help the hill tribe people, and you even get a free coffee/tea/water at Cabbages and Condoms downstairs. A good way to spend an hour or two when you need to get out of the heat, and it's for a good cause!

Visited July 2013
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