This village is situated at the top of Doi Suthep. It is home of Hmong hill tribe , one of 6 major hill tribes in Thailand. This Hmong tribal village is a big village consists of museum , beautiful garden , houses and souvenir shops. A long history of the Hmong people was very interesting. Worth coming so far to visit.
There are two subgroups of Hmong in Thailand; the Blue Hmong and White Hmong. The Hmong or Meo Hill-tribes in Thailand crossed over the Mekong River from Laos. Hmong houses are built on the ground and in clusters, with several clusters forming a village. The oldest male controls the extended family household that will include married sons and their families. The Hmong are divided into clans, which play an important part in rituals and relationships. The Hmong believe in a number of household spirits as well as souls.
Formerly, Doi Pui Hmong Tribal village was cultivated opium. Originally, opium was cultivated on this land by a Hmong community which settled in Baan Pang Pa Ka village, Tambon Pong Yang, Amphur Mae Rim, Chiang Mai province. In 1953-1954, the Thai government sent soldiers to eradicate drugs in Pang Pa Ka village, and the community disintegrated. The villagers migrated to Baan Doi Pui.
In 1963, His majesty the King gave Thai nationality to the villagers and introduced them to lychee cultivation by offering 16 lychee trees for each household. As a result, the villagers stopped opium cultivation permanently in 1972.
There are lots of herbs and medicinal plants relating to the community’s spiritual and super-natural beliefs; e.g., opium, poison, herbal medicines and “Paim Dev” (a local herb used to relieve headaches or fever).
Around this Hmong tribal village now is evergreen forest which evolve from generation two forests or Secondary forest. Formerly, the majority of the area had used for opium cultivation. Later on, the villagers have growing fruit instead of opium cultivation, and they try to conserve the forest area around. 35 years later, the Secondary forest is finally become and evergreen forest or first generation forest or Primary Forest.