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Hotels Chiangmai Amora Tapae Hotel 22 Chaiyapoom Road, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50300

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Khum Phaya Resort Spa 137 Moo 5 Tumbol Nong Pa Krang, Chiangmai 53000

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Lanna Palace 2004 Hotel 184 Chang Klan Road,
Chiang Mai 50100

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Imperial Mae Ping Hotel 153 Sridonchai Road,
Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
 
Hilltribes in Chiang Mai
 
 
The people that inhabit the hills of Northern Thailand have long been a curiosity for visitors to the kingdom. Living a life apart from the lowland Thais, these migratory people seem trapped in a time warp stretching back to the middle ages.

Until recently the mountains of Chiang Mai and adjacent provinces were almost empty of human habitation. The Thai and associated groups, like the Shan and Thai Lue, inhabited the valleys but left the hills to nature. Oppressed by authority, population pressures, or just an extension of a nomadic way of life, the hilltribes gradually moved in to the north of Thailand and occupied and exploited this empty land. Most of this immigration has occurred within the last hundred years.

There are two notable exceptions; The Karen have lived on the northern and western Borders for about 300 years, and the Lawa or Lua were in and around Chiang Mai before the Thai arrived 700 years ago.

The Hmong (Meo), the Akha, the Lahu (Muser), the Lisu, and the Yao (Mien) are all relatively recent arrivals.

Very recently military oppression by the Burmese has meant an influx of more minorities into the border areasHilltribes in Thailand where they seek sanctuary. They are mostly Karen and affiliated tribes, the most notable being the Padaung, whose women stretch their necks with brass rings.

Probably the least known of the northern Thailand mountain minorities the Lawa are probably the most interesting. The Lawa were the first people to inhabit the Chiang Mai valley in historic times and are referred to in myth and legend.

The 'Phu Sae Ya Sae' or 'grandfather, grandmother' spirits ceremony in which the 'good' represented by Buddha, overcomes 'evil' represented by a medium in a 'cannibalistic' trance, is still performed annually every June near Chiang Mai city and has its origins in ancient Lawa ritual. Ancient grave sites and remnants of old settlements indicate a sophisticated people inhabited the area before the Thai arrived seven hundred years ago.

Today the Lawa have either fully assimilated into Thai society as in some villages in the the Chiang Mai city area and only retain some of their language, or they have been marginalized into 'hilltribe' villages in the Mae La Noi and Mae Chaem ares. They might sometimes be seen in the market at Mae Sariang. These 'hilltribe' Lawa are mixing and intermarrying with the neighboring Karen.

They are not migratory, like many of the hilltribes, but live in settled villages that have been there for sometimes hundreds of years. They cultivate wet padi rice and sell vegetables and forest products to the local markets.

In dress they are similar to the Karen except the women wear a short sarong with a 'lightning' pattern, wear a lot of brightly colored beads around their necks, and can occasionally be seen with black lacquered leg bands made of cane. Their language is of the Mon-Khmer group and they have many rituals and spirits of which the Karen are very afraid.

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Airport Resident
Amora Tapae Hotel
Angkhang Nature Resort
Aomdoi Resort
Arun Tara Hotel
Assaradevi Villa and Spa
At Niman
At Pingnakorn Hotel
Away Suwansawan Maerim
Ayatana Hamlet and Spa
B2 Premier Chiangmai Resort & Spa
Baan Canna Country Resortl
Baan Deva Montra Boutique Resort
Baan Gong Kham
Baan Saen Doi Resort & Spa
Baan Sing Kham
Ban Sabai Village Resort & Spa
Bann Tazala Boutique Hotel
Banthai Village
Belle Villa Resort
Bodhi Serene
Bossotel Inn
Botanic Resort
BP Chiang Mai City Hotel
Bulun Buri Resort
Buri Gallery House
Butterfly
C H Hotel
Centara Duangtawan Hotel
Chateau Chiangmai Hotel
Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel
Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel
Chiangmai Garden Hotel & Resort
Chiangmai Gate Hotel
Chiangmai Grandview Hotel
Chiangmai Hills 2000 Hotel
Chiangmai Phucome Hotel
Chiangmai Ratanakosin Hotel
Chiangmai Suandok Kaew Hotel
De Naga
Doi Kham Resort
Down Town Inn
Dreamcatchers Bed & Breakfast
DusitD2 Hotel Chiang Mai
Empress Hotel
Eurana Boutique Hotel
Fern Paradise
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Fondcome Village Resort
Golden Cupids Hotel
Green Lake Resort
Hmong Hilltribe Lodge
Holiday Garden Hotel
Holiday Inn
Horizon Village
HUB53 Chiang Mai House
Imm Hotel Thaphae Chiang Mai
Imperial Chiang Mai Sports Clubs
Imperial Mae Ping Hotel
INSDA Luxery Private House
Jasmine Hills Lodge
Jirung Health Resort
Kantary Hills
Kaomai Lanna Resort
Khocha Sri Thani Chiang Mai
Kireethara Boutique Resort
Krisdadoi Chiangmai
Khum Phaya Resort & Spa
Lanna Mantra Relais
Lanna Palace 2004 Hotel
Lanna Resort
Lanna View Hotel & Resort
Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel
Mae Rim Lagoon Hotel
Mae Sa Valley
Maekok River Village Resort
Manathai Village
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
Maninarakorn Hotel
Marisa Resort & Spa
Montrara Happy House Hotel
Muang Gudi Lodge
Natural Wellness Resort
Na Thapae Hotel
Navasoung Resort
Noble Place
Oasis Hotel
Panviman Chiangmai Resort & Spa
Park Hotel
Phu Jaya Mini Resort
Plumeria Home
Pornping Tower
Portico 21
Proud Phu Fah
Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique
Rachamankha
Rainforest & Pornpiroon Hotel
Raming Lodge Hotel & Spa
Rarinjinda Wellness Spa Resort
Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort
Rawee Waree Resort & Spa
Rimping Village
Royal Guest House
Royal Lanna Hotel
Royal Orchid Park
Royal Panerai Hotel
Royal Peninsula Hotel
Royal Princess Chiang Mai
Ruen Come In
Saimoonburi Resort
Scorpion Tailed Boat Village
Shewe Wana Boutique Resort Spa
Sinthana Resort
Sirilanna
Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa
Sri-Ping Resort
Star Hotel
Studio 99 Serviced Apartments
Suan Bua Resort & Spa
Sukantara Cascade Resort
Suriwongse Hotel
Tamarind Village
Taraburi Resort & Spa
Tarin Hotel
The Airport Greenery
The Amata Lanna Chiangmai
The Chedi Chiang Mai
The Dome Residence
The Eurasia Chiangmai Hotel
The Grand Napat
The International Hotel
The Karinthip Village
The Nest Chiangmai
The Rim Resort Chiang Mai
The Small Hotel
Tianna Garden Village
Touch Star Resort Inthanon
Tri Yaan Na Ros Colonial House
U Chiang Mai
Veranda Chiangmai High Resort
View Doi Art & Resort
Winner Inn Hotel
Yaang Come Village
Yesterday The Village
 

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