Hilltribe Museum & Education Center

Hilltribe Museum & Education Center information

Chiang Rai , Thailand
3rd fl, 620/25 Th Thanalai
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admission 50B
Opening hours
9am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat & Sun
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This museum and cultural centre is a good place to visit before undertaking any hill-tribe trek. Run by the nonprofit Population & Community Development Association (PDA), the displays are underwhelming in their visual presentation, but contain a wealth of information on Thailand's various tribes and the issues that surround them.

A visit begins with a 20-minute slide show on Thailand's hill tribes, followed by self-guided exploration among exhibits that include typical clothing for six major tribes, examples of bamboo usage, folk implements and other anthropological objects. The curator is passionate about his museum and, if present, will talk about the different hill tribes, their histories, recent trends and the community projects that the museum helps fund.

The PDA also run highly recommended treks.