There are several places where you can visit the many hill tribes of northwestern Thailand, and the Doi Pui tribe offers an easy way of getting acquainted with village life if you are in Chiang Mai and on the Doi Suthep Mountain.
The Doi Pui tribe (หมู่บ้านแม้วดอยปุย) immigrated from China after the Second World War and they have created a small community of 300 inhabitants. There are a number of shops on main street where it is possible to buy locally produced goods – other products are also for sale, however. In the side streets, you can still see houses that have been preserved as they were when the tribe moved here. They are simple wooden houses with one room for most of the daily activities. You can also see how the women produce the traditional clothing of this tribe.
You can visit several museums that exhibit tools and depict village life. You should also visit the city garden, which is particularly beautiful with various flowers, including opium poppies.