The main tribes of the area - the Hmong, the Yao and the Mlabri - live in one of Thailand’s most sparsely populated areas, which allows them to continue living pretty much as their ancestors have done for many thousands of years. The Mlabri tribe, for instance, still hunt wearing only loincloths and armed with bows & arrows and spears.
Trips here help preserve such communities, as tourism becomes a secondary income to support their traditional way of life. Witnessing Stone-Age-like life in the 21st Century will surely alter your perception of life.
Our Spin If you're looking for an authentic, off the beaten track adventure, then Nan (and Phrae) are perfect destinations for you. Undiscovered and untouched by tourism, a stay in this area, and a visit to the hilltribes, is an amazing insight into rural Thai life.