Baan Tong Luang – Hill Tribes

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
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There are four hill tribes currently represented at the ecological tribal village of Baan Tong Luang: Padong, Palong, Lahu, and Mien. You can see members of all four tribes in this video. I’m not a hill tribe expert, but I’ll point them out as best as I can. If anyone thinks I’m mistaken here, let me know in the comment section and I’ll check it out.

Padong (or Paduang) “long necks:” pretty obvious, starting at 2:10 in the video. Just look for the brass necks.

Lahu: the woman at 5:22 making one of the popular colored hill tribe hats is Lahu. Also the man at 11:59 playing the flute.

Palong: the woman in green with the yellow turban at 6:18, and the woman in black at 6:38 are both Palong. Did you notice any similarities in the way they dress? Palong women love to wear silver bands around their waists!

Mien (or Yao): the woman at 9:02 is Mien. Their coats feature those bright red frills, and they often wear turbans.

For more information, check out my blog entry: Baan Tong Luang – Identifying the various tribes.


Filmed: October 15-16, 2010

After stopping off at a local temple outside Chiang Mai, we head over to the tribal village of Baan Tong Luang. We visit with members of the Padong, Palong, Lahu, and Mien tribes, and finally, have a look at the Mien(Yao) garden.

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