The Hill Tribes people in northern Thailand or Chao Khao, as called in Thai, are nomadic people who have migrated from regions as close as Southern China to as far as the mountains of Tibet. A large extent of their way of life is still based on primitive existence, relying on agriculture as the basis of their livelihood, resorting to slash and burn techniques from time to time.

However, such occupation are gradually being replaced by cash crop growing and handicrafts making instead. In general, the Hill Tribes people are enigmatic and charming to visit and learn more about.