Ethnic Tai Lue residents in provinces in the Upper North are proud of their roots steeped in culture and tradition. Several generations of Tai Lue migrated from the city of Sipsongpanna – or Xishuangbanna – in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan and settled in the upper northern provinces: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan and Chiang Rai and Phayao.
The cultural strength and identity of the Tai Lue are particularly evident in Chiang Kham district of Phayao. Chiang Kham is considered to be the capital of the Tai Lue in the country and is recognised as the starting point of a famous annual event to celebrate the Tai Lue’s cultural heritage.
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