Hill tribe villages

The four different hill tribe villages in Chiang Mai province, namely the Akha, the Palong, the Karen and the Lisu. Every tribe has its own culture, distinct colorful dress and language, which only exists in the spoken form.

The hill tribes people live a nomadic lifestyle and originate from Tibet and China. Traditionally, they are engaged in farming using slash and burn tactics, where the forest is cut down and burnt. When the land is exhausted, the move on to the next area.

Although many hill tribes people have converted to Buddhism and Christianity, originally they are animist, a believe where not only humans, but also animals, plants, mountains, rivers and other natural objects possess a spirit.

A number of hill tribes used to be engaged in the cultivation of opium poppy plants, especially in the Golden Triangle, which was once the centre of opium production and trade in South East Asia.

In order to solve the problem of opium growing, the current King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) started the Royal Development Project for Hill Tribes. This project aims to educate the hill tribes people on modern farming techniques, including eco friendly techniques, so as to improve their lives and remove dependency on opium cultivation.





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