I'd love to visit a hill tribe while in Chiang Mai in August. I've seen on some forum topics from experts that several of the hill tribes have lost some of authenticity and have become businesses aimed at tourists. Is it possible to get an authentic hill tribe experience without heading to Chiang Rai? I found some accommodation 45km out of Chiang Mai that is situated in rice fields where there is a Karen Hill tribe. Wondering whether I should just stay here. If anyone has had a good experience doing a day trip to one of the hill tribes, would you kindly tell me which hill tribe, where it's located and even a contact details for a guide you used. We'd be looking at doing a day trip and will have our 3yr old son with us. How much time should we allocate? Are there opportunities to visit a village and see a school in action? Could we combine this visit with any other sight seeing?