When visiting Thailand, many people immerse themselves in the country's rich culture. However, sometimes the most cultural experience can be conversing with some of the nation's natives.
While hiking in the northern parts of Thailand, people may come across some of the area's hill tribes. These small clans are people who migrated from China and Tibet over the centuries and farm the areas for sustainable reasons.
However, the government has tried to step up its conservation efforts, so some of the hill tribes have not been able to farm as they once did.
There are different hill tribes in Thailand, the Akha, the Lahu, the Mien, the Karen, the Lisu and the Hmong. Although there are different tribes, it is possible to see all six living in the same area, making it difficult to separate them.
Those who come into contact with hill tribes will be able to experience their culture first-hand, as they live off the land and will give a different aspect to Thai living than what is seen in the main cities.