Hill tribe in Thailand, the land of smiles.
Thailand hill tribes, the ethnic hill tribes groups in
the North of Thailand.
At this site we want to give information about this
group of children, especially in the nice Kingdom of Thailand. The ethnic hill tribes in
the amazing country Thailand. The most who are living up the
mountains in the upland areas of the Golden Triangle, high in
Tribe children in Thailand, who live in the high mountains
in the North of Thailand.
|The mountain groups of tribes in the great country
They live in the mountainous regions of
the parts of the Northern Thailand,
in Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Originate primarily from Tibet,
Middle and Southern China and Myanmar. Each of the tribes has its
own language, culture, religion and characteristic dress features.
Main tribes are the Akha, the Lhisu, the Hmong, the Karen
(well known for the women with long necks), the Lahu and the Mien.
They are minorities in the national states they live in,
do not have the nationality of those states, and thus can not
exercise rights connected to the nationality of these states,
in particular regarding housing, education, healthcare and welfare.
Generally speaking their standard of living is low.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are common.
The tribes in Thailand, mostly in North Thailand.
Living in the mountainous regions of Northern regions of Thailand.
In the region where Myanmar borders Northern Thailand the power
of the central Myanmar regime is limited. Fore years the Shan
are fighting a long lasting and fierce battle with government.
Meanwhile local drug lords are fighting between each other. People fall victim to all the ongoing fighting and many of
them cross the border into the mountains in the north of
Thailand. Yet, having arrived there, they do not or barely speak
the language, are not entitled to a Thai identification card,
can not possess plots of land nor can they lay claim to
education or health care, Their dwellings are primitive:
thatched bamboo huts, if they are lucky a bit of corrugated
iron. As ever, the children are the main victims of this
situation. Many of the families are incomplete, one or both
parents fallen victim to the warfare, alcoholism or drug
addiction. Sufficient means to bring up the children in a way
fit for a human being are lacking. The children are left to
their fate, some of the older move to the cities and live on the
street. Some, the lucky ones, are being taken into an orphanage.
The ethnic Hilltribe groups in the North of the Kingdom.
|The term "Hill Tribe" is used in the
Kingdom for all various people who are migrated from Tibet and
China at the past centuries. They stay and lived at the border
areas between Northern Thailand, Burma and Laos. These places
are well know for the mountains areas and the thick forests.
They prefer to live above 1,000 Meters and be shy for the real
world outside. This group are farmers who used old cultural
techniques to farm. The people are traditionally migrated
people, an ethnic minority group. They can be recognized for the
unique and colorful costumes, which they wear every day. One of
the source incomes are the opium cultivation, but also cabbage
and fruits are a regular income for the Hill Tribes.
About the different ethnic Thai hill tribes.
The most of the Karen people are
living in Chiang Mai, North Thailand at the Thai Burmese border
area. The Karen Hill Tribe in Chiang Mai starting to move into
Thailand at the 17th century. The Karen's living in small
village up hill with around 25 bamboo houses on stilts. Karen
villages tending to cluster. The village priest have the highest
authorities and run the village along with the elders.
The Karen people are a ethnic group with the Sino Tibetan
language. There are about 280,000 Karen people in Thailand. By
far the largest of the Major tribes in Thailand. Dressed in
specially Karen clothes, hand woven and in the colors Red with
White, Brown or Blue vertical stripes.
A decorative style with a
clear stitching. Simple forms in a sleeveless tunic for the
Karen Men and more elaborate style on the Sarongs for the Karen
Women. The Two main groups in Thailand are the Pwo and Skaw also
know as the White Karen and the Red Karen. Sub groups are the
S'gaw Karen and the Paku Karen.
Hill Tribe Karen in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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The Karen Hill tribe people live harmoniously with traditional rituals,
the "Lord of the Water and Land". This ethnic group believes in
soul and have guardian spirits with nature spirits in the rocks,
mountains and water that surround the Karen. Today the majority
is Buddhism in conjunction with Animism. This group in Thailand are the only ethnic group who grows
wet rice on the built terraces. They practice agriculture and
cultivate irrigated paddy fields. They are cooperative and very
The Karen, also know as the "Long Neck" or the "Giraffe" tribe,
but the Women who wear these rings on the neck belong to a sub
group know as the "Padaung" tribe.
Dividend in Two Sub groups, The
Blue and the White. The Hmong Tribes are living in
the uppermost regions of Thailand. Originally they come from
China and now they stay in Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam and at
the Northern parts of Thailand. The Hmong group is
well integrated with the Thai society and maybe the most
successful hill tribe in Thailand.
In Thailand, the population from the Hmong Tribes is
about 150,000 people, an ethnic group in several
different countries in South East Asia. The Hmong
history is difficult to find and trace, no written
records, only an oral tradition. They speaks them own
language, they wear them own customs and have them own
ways in life. The Hmong's have a social organization,
the Hmong society have about eighteen Hmong clans (Cha,
Cheng, Chue, Fang, Hang, Her, Khang, Kong, Kue, Lee, Lo,
Lor, Moua, Pha, Thao, Vang, Vue, Xiong and Yang).
Hill Tribe Hmong in North Thailand.
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The Hmong clan groups are exogamous, that will means that you
can not marry someone inside your own clan, you have to find
your marriage partner at another clan. the way of marry is a
traditional symbolic kidnapping. The Hmong's have traditional
spiritual practices as animism, shamanism and ancestor
reverence. Spiritual beliefs related to illness, health and
death. The Hmong new year celebration is a traditional and cultural
tradition in the Hmong communities. Party in Hmong dress,
traditional clothes and food, music,
dance and many other forms of Hmong entertainment.
The Hmong Tribe in Thailand. a ethnic group with traditional
lifestyles. The people are independent and diligent and have their own ancient way of life in Northern Thailand.
A Tibeto Burman
ethnic group who living in the mountains of South West China,
Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand. About 55,000 people living in
Thailand, where they belong to One of the Six main Hill Tribes
The Lisu's coming original from the Eastern Tibet. Together
with the Lahu tribe, Akha tribe and Kachin they handle the
Tibetan Burman language, very related to the Tibetan and the
The Lisu practiced slash and burn
horticulture. Paddy fields, mountain rice, vegetables and fruit,
basic subsistence and the way's to make a living from the Lisu tribe
Hill Tribe Lisu in Northern Thailand.
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The Lisu Hill tribe people in Thailand, the Lisu tribe consists more then
58 different clans. Each clan has its own surname and name. The
biggest Lisu clans are Laemae pha (Shue or The Grass), Thorne pha, Ngwa Pha (Fish), Bya pha (The Bee), Naw pha (Thou or Bean), Seu pha
( the Woods) and the Khaw Pha. The most people living in
villages high in the mountains. The well know sub group of the
Lisu tribe is the Flowery Lisu, due to the hill tribe tourism in
Thailand. Lisu women wearing brightly colored dress, Lisu men
wearing baggy pants.
The Lisu religion is a part ancestor worship and a part
animistic, mixed with local religion and systems with
traditional rituals in Thailand.
A minority tribe who also know as the
"Yao". The Mien Tribe or the Yao Tribe. One of the largest
ethnic groups in Thailand. They live in the mountains of Northern
Thailand, specially in the Chiang Rai province, Phayao and Nan.
The believes and culture of these ethnic group is close to the
The Yao people or the Mien people live in more then Hundred
villages in the North of Thailand. There is a population of
30,000 Mien tribes in whole Thailand. The Men wearing "Lui
Liez" a traditional suit in the colors dark blue and black
with the "Mouc fang" the traditional hat for the Mien
Mien Women wearing "Lui Houx" a traditional unique dress.
Traditional clothes of the Yao Hill Tribe in the Chiang Rai
province in North Thailand.
Hill Tribe Mien in North Thailand.
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The Mien people or the Yao Hill tribe people. The Mien people
believe very strong in the spirit world. The combination of
Taoism and Animism (Ani-Taoist) religion is a very important
role in the religious life of every single Mien family. A spirit
altar is build in every tribe village house, the "Mienv
baaih". Many unusual and unique beliefs of the Mien Hill Tribes. The Mien people are usually farmers. Rice products and corn
products can be sell in town and bring their daily income for
the Mien tribe people.
The dialect (Mienh waac) have highly tones and is related
to Mandarin Chinese language. It has 5 tones and is written in
the Thai script.
The Akha's in Thailand. The
Akha Hill tribe are subsistence farmers, who are well
know for them artistry in the North. The Akha Tribe
remaining people are living in Laos, Burma, the
mountains of China and Northern Thailand, where they
belong to the Six main Hill Tribes in Thailand. The
Akha's are the poorest group of the Thailand Hill
Around 1905 the Akha Hill tribe be in Thailand. There are Two to
Three Million Akha's and about 75.000 Akha people are living in
the Northern Provinces of Thailand: Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
They prefer to stay at high altitudes. The villages where they
live can be visited by tourists who are on one of the trekking
tours in North Thailand. This Hill Tribe group speaks Akha, a
language of the Tibeto Burman family. The Akha Hill tribe is
related to the Lisu and the Lahu people.
Hill Tribe Akha in North Thailand.
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The Akha Hill tribe are living high in the mountains in
bamboo houses. This bamboo huts are separate, one side for the
men and one side for the women. This Hill tribe group are
experts in farming; corn, soybeans and mountain rice are them
favorites to farm at the mountains in the North of Thailand.
Also they are very good hunters, and opium growers for a
reasonable income. Also the tourism industry is building up by
the Akha's in Thailand. Specific Akha villages are Ban Therd Thai (Ban Hin Taek) and
Mae Salong (Santikhiri). The Akha's have them own religion, know
as animism, a world filled with good and bad spirits, believing
in a natural balance, what can easy result in hardship, illness
and the death! They are well know for the exotic
appearance and extraordinary costumes.
Akha Hill House in Chiang Rai, North Thailand. Akha Hill
House in the Akha village in Thailand. Getting back to the
nature at the Akha Hill House Chiang Rai, the only locally
managed and owned Hill Tribe retreat in Chiang Rai province in
The Padaung in Thailand. The Long neck Hill tribe people, a subgroup from the Red Karen, the long necked
Karen people. The Padaung, a Shan term for the women wear the
brass neck coils (Kayan Lahwi). Long necks in Northern Thailand,
specially in the Mae Hong Son province.
An ethnic minority tribe group in the North of Thailand with
a population around the 50,000 people. The Thai
government granted the Padaung a refugee status, the Padaung
tribes are only allowed to live in some certain areas in North
Thailand. In these areas they set up special tourist villages in
North Thailand. The Long Neck Padaung tribe in North Thailand.
You find then at the refugee camps at the Burmese border in
North Thailand. The Womens of the Padaung tribes making crafts
and textiles to sell to the visiting tourists and passing
travelers in the North of Thailand.
Hill Tribe Padaung in Thailand.
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The Padaung's Hill tribe people live in villages who allowed by the Thai
government. Those villages with the long neck womens brings many
tourists. The women wearing these neck coils are also know as
"giraffe Women" to the tourists.
The traditional religion is called Kan Khwan, it believes that
the Padaung hill tribe people a result is between a mal angel
hybrid and a female dragon. The Three day's Kay Htein Bo
festival is the major religious festival for the Long necks.
The Padaung's have a strong believe in augury, reference to some
form of divination and consulting chicken bones. All you can see
at the 'Cleansing Ceremonies' during the annual festival
in the Northern Thailand Padaung villages.
The Lahu people are One of the Six
main tribes. An ethnic group of South east Asia.
Their population in Thailand is around the 100,000.
The Lahu tribe splits them selves in several sub groups as Lahu
Nyi (Red Lahu), Lahu Shi (Yellow Lahu), Lahu Na (Black Lahu),
Lahu Shehleh and the Lahu Hpu (White Lahu).
Lahu villages are on high altitude in the mountains
of the Northern provinces of Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Sorn
and Chiang Mai in North Thailand.
The language of the Lahu tribe is part of the Lolo Burmese,
a sub group of the Tibeto Burman family. It's a very isolate
language with numeral classifiers and they have seven tones. The
Lahu tribe people used the Latin Alphabet.
religion of the Lahu tribe people is polytheistic. In the late
17th century the Buddhism was introduced. The Lahu's are believe
in One spirit and be Animists with an overall control to other
Hill Tribe Lahu in North Thailand.
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The Lahu Hill tribe people of Northeastern Thailand had
encounters with the Tudong monks (Theravada Buddhist Forest
Monks) around the 1940's. The Lahu people love entertainment and
the easy way of life, also they are very independent people with
a very simple life style.
They wear traditional costumes by a Thai
shirt and a sarong. The ethnic group produce
musical instruments, excellent crossbows and other items
of bamboo, rattan and wood. They make the finest baskets
you can find in Thailand. More earning living ways are
rice farming, vegetables, corn and fruits planting,
cows, chickens and raising pigs.
The Lahu are pride themselves, on their skills in trapping
and hunting. The Thai called the Lahu tribe often "Muser".
The Mlabri in Thailand. The Mlabri also know as the
Yellow Leaf People. The Thais called it "Phi Tong Luang". They
were rarely seen because they live deep in the jungles of
Thailand. The Banana leaves are used for the roof on the
shelters of the Mlabri Hill Tribe people. When they get yellow,
the Mlabri tribe people used them for their gatherer life style. The Mlabri don't like to be know it as spirits, but
the Mlabri like the name "Yellow Leaf People".
The most Mlabri tribe people living in the jungle and there
is not to much choice to make a good living for them and to
support the way of the Mlabri tribe way of life.
Most of them
works as slaves in the fields for other hill tribes in North
Thailand for old clothes and daily food. There are a little
Mlabri people, about 300 Mlabri tribe people are remaining in the whole wide
Hill Tribe Mlabri in Thailand.
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Around the 160 Mlabri people have found the way to the Ban Boonyuen
village in North Thailand and in the Nan and Phrae provinces. At this village they get education, guidance necessary
The Mlabri is an ethnic group of Thailand and been
called as "the least understood and most interesting
hill tribe people in South East Asia. The Mlabri group in Thailand living close to the Northern Thai and
the Hmong's. The Mlabri live a very primitive extremely
lifestyle. They have no real houses and being nomads. Move from
place to place. They have a few social ceremonies, and there be
said that they not have a religious system, but they believe in
natural features and some spirits of the forests.
A list with foundations for the Hill
Tribes in Asia. Foundations Asia Hill Tribe children. Hill Tribe
foundations in Asia. Information about the Hill Tribes in
At this site we will list the foundations in Thailand
and Asia for the
Hill Tribes and the Hill tribe Children's. The (Children)
Foundations Hill Tribes. Info about the Hill Tribes Foundations in Thailand.
Below a list of Hill Tribe and the
Hill Tribe Children Foundations, organizations working for the
benefit of ethnic minorities in Thailand and in Asia.
Foundations who working directly with Hill Tribe
communities at the specific area's in Thailand and Asia.
This Hill Tribes Foundations commands respect from
the local communities and the authorities, earns the
respect to work hard with running projects at the areas
in North Thailand, Asia. We are not responsible for any
donations you make or you will make in the future.
Hilltribe Thailand foundations.
|Below a list of the Foundations and organizations who works
for the ethnic minorities and groups in Thailand, the Hill tribe
(Children) Foundations Thailand.
|Foundations list Thailand.
The Asia Foundation
||The Thai Hill Tribes, work of the "Impect" in Northern
Thailand. The Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in
Thailand Association (IMPECT), an organization work for the Hill
tribes in the North of Thailand.
|The Mirror Foundation
||The Mirror Foundation, A Thai, Non Governmental
Organization. run by the Thai Hill Tribes. Located in Mae Yao
district of the Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand.
Karen Hill Tribes Trust
||A charity who works with the Karen Hill tribe people in
Northern Thailand. A UK Registered charity with Thai Foundation
based in Bangkok, Thailand.
||The Akha Heritage Foundation. 20 years working with the Akha
hill Tribe group in Thailand.
||Charity and Cultural organization for the Akha hill tribe
Information about the projects for the Hill Tribes in
Thailand and in Asia. Hill Tribe Thailand projects
information. Hill Tribes projects in Thailand, Asia. Info about
the Hill Tribes projects in Thailand for the Hill Tribe
Projects of the Foundations are there for helping the
Hill tribe people in The North. Specially for the Children. Most
of those projects for this groups are related with
education and teaching. Most of the projects with the local Hill
Tribes are in the Chiang Rai region and the border areas in
the North. Projects to help Hill tribe with issues
as drug abuse, culture, erosion and citizenship. Help womens and
children at the village's in Thailand. Those projects need your
help with donations to the special foundations in the
northern parts of Thailand. We are not responsible for
any contributions or donations you made or you will make
in the future.
Hill Tribe projects in Thailand.
|Some more regular Hill tribe projects: The Youth
developments program and children education in Thailand
for the Hill tribes (school buses, teaching and
dormitories). The respect and quality of Life.
Conservation and environmental protection. Drug
eradication and the alleviation of poverty. Health
improving by installing latrines and clean water
systems. Build up regenerating lands and irrigations
Also some projects are: Protecting culture, health
and food security, repatriating Hill tribe Children and
preventing malaria. All this projects are there to help
the Hill tribe (Children's) to build a better future.
Some information about
the tribe schools in Thailand, school information about
the Hill tribe groups in the Northern of Thailand.
Below a list of the tribe schools Thailand. Education
for the ethnic groups and minorities in Thailand, the Hill tribe
(Children) Schools. The schools for the Hill
In Thailand's Mae Hong Son province you have the Baan Mae
Surin Noi School, an ethnic Karen's school. One of the schools
in the North West Thailand, who operated by the Ministry of
Education and under the UNICEF project.
More hill tribe education places and hill tribe schools in
Hill Tribe Thailand schools.
||Chiang Rai's school for the tribe children in North
||Association for Akha Education and Culture in Thailand. The
AFECT in Thailand.
|Mae Tang school
||Hill tribe school in Chiang Mai, North Thailand.
|Bahn Pah Mee school
||School for hill tribe children in Chiang Rai in North
Lisu hill tribe craft school
||Lisu school in the North of Chiang Rai in Thailand.
|Pha Bong Huay Hang
||The Pha Bong Huay Hang Tribe School for the Tribe children.
|Freedom House Thailand
||School for hill tribe minority groups in Chiang Mai,
Info about the Hill Tribe museum in Thailand.
Museum about the Hill Tribes in Chiang Rai. Museum in Chiang
Rai, North Thailand about the Hill Tribes. The best
place to learn about the Tribal culture in North Thailand.
Chiang Rai's only museum about the Hill Tribes. Learn all about
the Hill tribes culture in Chiang Rai.
Hilltribe museum and Education Center in Chiang Rai, North
Thailand. A public benefit organization To help educate foreign
tourists and local Thai people about the Hill tribes culture.
This museum works under the supervision of the
Community Development Association. The Tribe museum in
Chiang Rai showing the information about the 6,000 years history
about the Hill Tribes.
Hilltribe Museum in Thailand.
The Hilltribe museum is located in the building of the
Population and Community Development Association at the Thanalai
Road in Chiang Rai,
Thailand. The museum is near the center of the city and can be
reach by walking. It's near the well know hotels as Wiang Inn,
Golden Triangle Inn and the Wangcome hotel in Chiang Rai City.
Opens every day from 09.00 am till 20.00 pm.
Look for more
info at the PDA
Chiang Rai Hilltribe Museum site.
|What can you do!!
What you can do for the Hill tribes in
Thailand. How to support this ethnic group in
What you can do for the Children. Support the Hill Tribe in Asia
and in Thailand. Help the Hill tribe (Children)
Foundations and organizations in Thailand and in Asia.
What can you do for the Hilltribe Children in Thailand.
If you believe in this societies/foundations/organizations
that give the Hill tribe (Children's) the great change to do
some and be succeed in them Future. All Foundations wants to
help the Asia Hill tribes to reach their goals. All have the
same missions: A better future for this people and
specially for the children's. Help with any
contribution in any amount to help any of those Hill Tribe
Foundations in Thailand, Asia. For only
Ten Dollar a month you can help a child to go school and have
every a lunch.
We are not responsible for any contributions or
donations you made or you will make in the future.
Hmong Tribe, some
Information about the Hmong children in Thailand. The
Hmong Hill Tribe Children, only some of them be lucky to
find a place in an orphanage. Hmong children in
Thailand. The Thailand Hmong children, the children in
the Northern parts of Thailand in Asia.
Hmong Children in Thailand.
|Children from the various tribal people who are living
in the mountainous areas of North Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and
Myanmar (Formerly Burma). A Variety of foundations and
organizations taken the fate of the Hill Tribe Hmong children in
Thailand and other parts of Asia.
Trying to help them and hope
the Hmong children can make the way in the Thai society. Another
goal for some organizations is to raise the Hmong children in
the certain life stance or religion.