"The disgraceful Ethnic Minorities Park" Jinghong Tourist Trap Tip by mke1963
Jinghong Tourist Traps: 2 reviews and 5 photos
We had wanted to see some of the houses, clothes and handicrafts of some of the minorities whose villages we had not managed to visit, but this park is a complete waste of money.
The reconstructed houses are inaccurate and poor quality, and staffed by ignorant attendants (since when did the Bulang wear mini-skirts and high heels?). The place is filled with souvenir stalls which do not sell minority handicrafts, preferring to sell "Amazing Thailand" elephant T-shirts, and mass-produced, cheap clothing and plastic crap.
The educational value is close to zero. The interest value is closeto zero. The anthropological interest is zero. The place is falling apart. The zoo is an utter disgrace, and should be avoided altogether.
It is a genuine pity that this park is so abysmal as the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens is superb, and a shining example of just how good the authorities can do.
Don't waste your money here.
Unique Suggestions: Leave quickly
Fun Alternatives: Visit the Dai, Jinuo, Aini and other villages within 20km of Jinghong.
Check the handicrafts at several shops in Jinghong or buy them at the villages themselves.