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Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Asia, Thailand

The Long-Neck Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Long-Neck Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A lot of people question if they should see the village of Long-Necks in Northern Thailand near Chiang Mai. They were very interesting to meet – and they smiled. Smiling means a lot.

I did not opt to see the village independently, it was included as a stopover for 30 minutes of the way to our Mountain hike to stay with a local village.


As stated in Wikipedia: The Kayan are a subgroup of the Red Karen (Karenni) people, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Burma (Myanmar).

The village did not only have woman with rings on their necks, wrists, and ankles. They also had other woman in the tribe who opted to not wear the rings.


We had the opportunity to watch them use looms to make all types of beautiful scarves and bands. The work that goes into those pieces is incredible. But the work that is produced – incredible.


I feel regret of anybody who is forced to be a tourist site when it is simply their lifestyle. But the people were incredibly friendly and smiled at us, and invited us to converse with them. This village seemed happy. I am glad I passed through if only to gaze at their incredible sewn products.


  1. Interesting. I don’t know how I would feel if my hometown was suddenly a tourist attraction, but at least the Kayan are taking it in stride.

    • If Thunder Bay, Canada became a tourist attraction – I think I might return home more frequently! haha.

  2. Interesting perspective here, I often wondered about the dynamics of visiting the village. I’ve heard both good and bad but it’s nice to hear you had a positive experience.