Tourists pay a fee to the Eco-Agricultural Hill Tribe Village to be allowed to witness and participate in "everyday" life, although much of what they see is often staged. One of several in the region where the various hill tribes have been gathered to live in permanent settlements and practice their life styles. part of the deal is that tourists come to take photos and purchase their crafts and the government gets them in one place. The villagers dress up in their elaborate costumes and charge tourists to take photos with them. In addition to opening the village for visiting tourists, they also sell their handicrafts, including hand woven baskets and even replicas of their traditional costumes.
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