VISITING one of the numerous Karen Long Neck villages in Thailand is one of the most exotic experiences on the planet.
The mystery and beauty that sound the tradition of using brass rings for exaggerated jewelry is something better seen in person than in a book.
“It is a real-life National Geographic Magazine experience to have to see to believe”
If you are in Chiang Mai, the Baan Tong Luang Village is the easiest place to visit and features a 5 Hill Tribe exhibition village.
According to the bigboytravel.com, The exhibition village isn’t as authentic as the more rural stand-alone villages, but it will give you a great opportunity to learn about the different Tribes and you can get there by taxi. Three of our favorite Tribes to visit here are the Hmong (Meo), Big Earring (Akha) and the Karen Long Necks (Paduang). You’ll be able to take photos with the women and we encourage you to buy unique souvenirs from them.
While the main tourist draws among the Hill Tribes of Thailand are the Karen Long Necks (Paduang), here are also many other groups with their heritage.
Some of the other groups have been living in Thailand for centuries and include the Big Earring (Akha), Yao, Palong, Kayor, and Hmong (Meo). These other groups largely have better-established villages than the Karen Long Necks do, but are still known for their own unique traditions.
These traditions range from heavily belled clothing to large gauge earnings stretching out their earlobes. The Hmong people as an example have many huge villages including a top at the top of mountains you can visit with some effort from Chiang Mai.
Also near Chiang Mai, there is a 5 Tribe exhibition village and shops set up near the Tiger Kingdom where you can meet traditional members of multiple tribes at once. This experience isn’t as authentic as going to a real village, however, it is a lot more easily accessible for most tourists.