“Chiang Mai Hill tribe village“, Learn the lifestyle of hill tribe people such as Lahu, Padong and the Long Neck Karen. You will be amazed with their native talents including daily farm work such as making scarecrows, ridding weeds in the paddy fields, and demonstrating rice pouring from the watermill. one of several in the region where the various hill tribes have been gathered to live in permanent settlements and practice their life styles. part of the deal is that tourists come to take photos and purchase their crafts and the government gets them in one place.
Regading to the old traditional way of preserving in agricuture combination of hill tribe, There is the support in agricuture occupation and living income, to be longer existence, in order to preserve the wonderful life style which not easy to see the presence day
Baan Tong Luang is a fabricated village containing 4 separate Thai Hill Tribes. The Thai Hill Tribes at Baan Tong Luang are the Lahu, Hmong, White Karen and the Long necked Karen, also known as Padong or Paduang. Baan Tong Luang is conveniently located just off the Maerim – Samoeng Road, an area containing many and varied Chiang Mai attractions.
Baan Tong Luang has been laid out quite well, with a separate area for each of the different Hill Tribes. The village is divided by picturesque rice paddies and fields containing water buffalo, with several thatched roof huts in the distance. The road through the village is lined on both sides with thatched roof wooden huts, almost every one displaying for sale a wide variety of Hill Tribe embroidery, cloth, jewelry and many other items of uncertain ethnic origin which you can find at Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar or walking streets at considerably lower prices. Each shop is staffed by girls wearing the appropriate,extremely beautiful Hill Tribe costumes, all of whom are trying, and mostly succeeding, to avoid looking bored as the constant stream of camera wielding visitors passes by. Dotted about throughout Baan Tong Luang are the occasional women demonstrating the traditional methods of weaving and spinning and one elderly man who is delighted to show off his considerable prowess with a hand made wooden crossbow.
Baan Tong Luang was opened to the public in 2005. According to the signs, it was set up as an Eco Agricultural project to preserve the old traditional ways of Hill Tribe agriculture and to provide an income for the Hill Tribe people. For the visitor, Baan Tong Luang provides the opportunity to see and photograph the people from four Thai Hill Tribes in one place. If you are looking for any degree of authenticity or are hoping to see the traditional way of life of these ethnic Thai Hill Tribes then Baan Tong Luang is not for you. The 500 Baht entrance fee makes Baan Tong Luang perhaps the most expensive street market in the whole of Thailand.