The hill tribes of Northern Thailand are proud of their unique culture, and your hill tribe trek and overnight stay with these remarkable people is an amazing, immersive experience. Originally from southern China, these tribes migrated to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam over the years to more readily maintain their way of life. Each have their own distinctive customs, languages and beliefs, and are further striking for their traditional colour-saturated clothing. From Lisu to Lahu, Karen to Akha, there are many ethnic groups that call Thailand their home and sharing a meal with them is an experience you’ll never forget. Though beware the potent local brew they’ll encourage you to imbibe.
The Thai, Lao and Burmese locals living on the cool rises and river confluence in the Golden Triangle are said to be so relaxed they listen to the rice grow. Though the area is synonymous with the drug trade, the resident’s contentment is not derived from smoking opium, but living with a strong sense of cultural identity in a place of languid natural beauty. You’ll feel this too, while walking through tiny traditional villages and the lush landscape, and bask in a tranquillity typically reserved for stays at a Thai beach. The Golden Triangle is a tree-change from your sea-change.