Enjoy Our Hill Tribe Show

Every evening we present our Hill Tribe show.

The people presented here are not city people dressed up as hill tribe people. They are very proud of their traditions and enjoy sharing them with visitors to Chiang Mai.

Their dances and traditions have been handed down from generation to generation over thousands of years.

Many of these dances are part of religious or spiritual ceremonies.

These are some of the dances performed in the Old Chiangmai Hill Tribe Show

The Victory Drum Dance

In the ancient time, the Victory drum would be beaten rhythmically before going into battle in order to embolden the soldiers and to put fear into the enemy.

The Yao Dance

The Yao or the Mien belongs to the Meo-Yao family of  languages.  The men do very skilled work with silver.  The women are trained in  embroidery  from the age  of  five. Their dances are not for entertainment but for religious purposes. These include paying respect to their ancestors, priest ordination and praying for rain in a trance-induced dance.

The Hmong Dance

The Hmong or the Meo belong to the Meo-Yao family of languages. They originally migrated from the southern part of China around the year 1850. They appear in Chinese records for thousands of years and their own legends says that they used to live in Siberia and Mongolia. Nowadays they live in the mountains of Norther Thailand. They are noted for their heavy pieces of silver jewellery. Of all the Hill tribes only Green Hmong women practice the craft of making  batik.

The Lisu Dance

The Lisu or the Lisaw are part of the Tibeto-Burman family of languages. Their dresses are brightly colored and decorated with colorful beads and coins. The silver decoration is very heavy and expensive. It can weigh up to two kilograms.

The Fire Sword Dance

In ancient times, this dance was performed before going to war. It must be performed after sunset.

The Lahu Dance

The Lahu or the Mousur belong to the Tibeto-Burman family of languages. They live high up in the mountains of Northern Thailand. They dress in black costumes attached by silver buttons and feature applique patch-work.

The Akha or Ekaw Dance

The Akha or the Ekaw come from the Tibeto-Burman family of languages. They have very enjoyable games and shows which they display at their special festivals. Also, one of their well-known customs is the nightly gathering at the village courting ground where young men and women will come out to sing and dance.

The Rice Winnowing Dance

This is a Northern Thai folk dance. The dance demonstrates the art of separating the husk from the rice grains. It also celebrates the joy of a good and bountiful harvest.