Hmong & Yao Villages in Manipruek
Manipruek is a village of ethnic minorities like Hmong and Yao in a valley in the Doi Phu Kha mountain range. And an area that was originally famous for the poppy fields to produce opium but is now famous for the vegetable & coffee grown in the mountains. Although modern times have also entered here, the people are still living a simple life and true to their traditions.
There are now 2 villages, Manipruke 1 & 2 and an Botanical Garden. Originally the villages were at other places, but forcibly moved by the government. A great area to visit caves, make hiking and go camping in the cool season. But be aware that there are no restaurants and only 2 or 3 little shops that sell only very basic drinks & food.
Update 2018 : There seems to be now a homestay.