Mueang Luang Nuea Tai Lue Community


Muang Luang Nuea Tai Lue Community

Chiang Mai

The Tai Lue people of Mueang Luang Nuea live in a village next to a vast river basin in the eastern part of Chiang Mai. The village is named after their original settlement on the banks of the Luang River in Xishuangbanna, with the surrounding land rich and abundant in terms of natural resources. Here, you can get to know all about the Tai Lue way of life, with the opportunity to make charcoal compress balls to be used to create unique patterns on bags. Taste “So ba kuay ted” (or papaya salad with ginger), which cannot be found anywhere else in Thailand. Show off your creative side with an activity that involves painting the mythical “Phaya Luang” figures. It’s worth noting that each visit to this region won’t be the same – as the seasonal activities depend on the time of year. Most of the locals are farmers who live a simple and tranquil life, and, like most people in the north, follow the concept of “Yoo Dee Kin Wan”. You’ll find that the charm of this community lies in its harmony, as well as the warm, and family-like interactions between you and the locals.

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Culture and Local Heritage

A combination of Lanna and Tai Lue art and architecture and the unique Tai Lue way of life – the traditions, beliefs, culture, clothes and cuisine; all of these make up the culture of this village.

The local wisdom revolves around bag decoration with charcoal compress balls, which is a traditional tracing method.

Highlight Activities

  • Explore Ban Luang Nuea Tai Lue community
  • Visit Tai Lue Museum.
  • Make charcoal compress balls.
  • Make “Phaya Luang” wooden figures.

Price for activities and food in community

950 Baht/person (minimum 6 persons)

Trip idea 2 days 1 night

Mueang Luang Nuea Tai Lue – Wat Si Mung Mueang – Ban Tawai

Price for 2 days 1 night program 11,900 Baht/person (minimum 6 persons)

*Air tickets, Accommodations, Acitivities in the community and meals are included
VAT is not included

Day one
Morning Arrive at Tai Lue Community
Visit Tai Lue Museum to see an exhibition of ancient artifacts and enjoy a Tai Lue-style fiddling show.
Noon Traditional lunch prepared by the community members to welcome their guests. Some recommended dishes include Pad Thai Tai Lue, grilled sticky rice, omelet wrapped in banana leaves, So Ba Kuay Ted and roasted roti sheets.
Afternoon Explore the community on a sidecar. See Tai Lue art, culture and local wisdom in the community.
▪ Try making charcoal compress balls for bag decoration using a traditional tracing technique.
▪ Make and color intricate “Phaya Luang” wooden figures using a unique technique. The figure has been awarded a five-star OTOP status.
▪ While your creative side is at work, refuel with some local desserts and a refreshing herbal drink.
Travel to Sri Mungmueang Temple, a Tai Lue religious center of the community. The temple has been part of Mueang Luang Nuea for more than 600 years. Pay homage to the main Buddha image and explore the sacred spots in the temple, which is the spiritual focus of the locals of Ban Luang Nuea as well as others around Chiang Mai.
Evening Depart from Tai Lue Community
Dinner at Secret Garden Restaurant, cooked with quality ingredients, such as chemical-free organic vegetables and free-range meat. Recommended dishes include spicy salad with organic eggplant and shrimp, organic gymnema and dried fish soup, and stir-fried organic vine spinach, and many other healthy delicious dishes
Day two
Morning Enjoy shopping for some carved wood products at Ban Tawai, one of the most famous cultural attractions in Chiang Mai, popular among Thai and foreign visitors alike. It is in fact one of the places where wood carving in Chiang Mai originated from. Today, carved wood products are widely popular both in terms of their artistic value and the quality.
Noon Have lunch at a stylish restaurant with a variety of different dishes. Recommended dishes include Caesar salad, rocket salad, various pasta dishes like cabonara, tomato sauce and Thai-style spicy stir-fried spaghetti with northern sausage.
Afternoon Enjoy souvenir shopping, with various local products such as northern sausage, pork crackling, fermented pork sausage and much more at Ton Payom market or Suthep market, which date back generations.
Evening Travel back to Bangkok

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Best Season for Visiting

The activities are suitable for all seasons.


Food at the Community

Individual dish (lunch): Tai Lue-style Pad Thai
Set meal (dinner): Water fern soup / jackfruit soup / steamed rice with tomato
Snack: Coconut and sugar cane juice
Dessert: Tai Lue-style wraps / crispy rice cakes
Drinks: Tai Lue herbal drinks (ginger, galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf)

Local Products

Wallets made from Lue clothes, Tai Lue outfits for men and women, Tai Lue keychain bag, Traditional tulip-shaped hat, Backpacks decorated with traditional woven clothes


Local Homestays

6 houses with a capacity of 30 guests
350 baht per guest, with breakfast

English Speaking Guides

10.ไตลื้อ-มัคคุเทศก์ คุณปัณณทัต ชมวงษ์

Khun Pannatat Chomwong
Tel: 081-991-6915
E-mail: [email protected]

10.ไตลื้อ-มัคคุเทศก์ คุณมุขสัน ดีบุกคำ (ไกด์โอ๊บ)

Khun Mooksan Deebugkam
Tel: 099-169-9535
E-mail: [email protected]

Nearby Attractions


Pratat Doi Saket Temple


Royal Park Rajapruek


Mae Kuang Dam Suspension Bridge

Nearby Accommodations


Kumphaya Resort and Spa
Tel: 086-429-7579
Price: 1,700 – 4,500 baht


Brick Hotel Chiangmai
Tel: 090-262-4556
Price: 1,100 – 2,500 baht

Getting to the Community

Approximately 1 hour from Chiang Mai Airport in Northern Thailand

Local Coordinator

14.ไตลื้อ-ผู้ประสานงานชุมชน คุณพัชรนันท์ บัวมะลิ

Khun Patcharanan Buamali
Tel: 086-919-1915

Local Tour Operator

BANGKOK AIRTOUR (1988) CO., LTD. (Head Office)
Piya Place Langsuan Tower B, 29/1 Room 13A/2, 13th Floor Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330

99 Mu.14 Vibhavadirangsit Rd. Chom Phon Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Thailand

Tel: 02-111-2299
Line@: @Giantgogo
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