The Lawa tribes are the first along the Ping River. They built their villages in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces.
The stay at both high altitudes and valleys and each village consist of around twenty to a hundred families. The Lawa tribes build their houses at a high platform and they are typically made of wood. The Lawa tribes is patriarchal and the woman who marries tends to move into the man’s house. They believe in the worship of spirits along with other religions. Their livelihood like other hill tribes includes farming and taking care of livestock.