Longneck Karen Village
Longneck Karen Village
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  • KarolinaDr
    Sanur, Indonesia127 contributions
    The beauty of the long-necked women
    The village is famous for its women, who wear brass rings around their necks, creating the appearance of a long neck. Unfortunately, it is not a typical village, but rather a market with souvenirs. Also the entry ticket price is 300 THB, which is definitely too expensive. Despite this, it is still worth a visit to witness the beauty of the long-necked women.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Graham F
    2 contributions
    Karen Longneck
    Very rewarding experience. Beautiful hand made products with typical Thai smiles. Yes, they're marginalised in Thai society so by NOT going, you are denying them any opportunities for income. Consider the monks you've seen in Chiang Mai. Many of them are refugees from Myanmar and nobody is critical of their status!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Angela T
    Golden, Colorado7 contributions
    Simple and beautiful people.
    First of all, be kind enough to understand that your entry ticket pays for the opportunity to interact with people that in regular conditions is secluded from the rest of the civilization and their only way of income is allowing you to visit them and maybe leave some money extra through the purchase of handcrafted items that represent their culture. Do not assume that they have to speak your language, understand your mannerisms or be forced to take pictures, treat them with common sense, kindness and respect. This is a unique experience, do not act like an entitled tourist and enjoy the ride.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Mitesh
    Bourne, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Very fortunate to come across these lovely people
    A wonderful experience. I felt very privileged just to be able to go there and meet these lovely people. They were so nice. I bought a few things from them. And they were kind enough to let me take photos with them. If you can go I would recommend it, please also buy / donate to them as they have no other income. If you can.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 30, 2024
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Mark M
Jalisco, Mexico277 contributions
Jan 2020
Don't go.

We went here on a tour of 8 different sites near Chiang Rai, and were concerned about human zoo argument. We were leaning that way but decided if the village benefited from the entrance fee, it was OK, we were basically making "a donation". After doing that, and visiting the Hilltribe Museum in CR, I wish we had not, But there you are. We did not learn anything about their culture, aside from how often they rebuild their houses due to wear and tear, and the basic facts about the bronze neck rings. It is a small market of outdoor shops, and the sell from many vendors is pretty hard. The zoo comment seems right. The CR museum said that the whole thing was started by a farang who initially brought the women in from Burma as a tourist attraction. They also said some of the people there are not Karen. The net is you really don't learn anything, don't add to any cultural edification and on top of that feel guilty.
Written January 31, 2020
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Nashboroguy
Zhangjiagang, China237 contributions
Jan 2020
Reading the reviews, I can understand now their dislike of this place. I have been to the ethnic village in Chiang Mai, and this place was nothing like it. Everything in Chiang Rai is a poor man's Chiang Mai. I never felt like this was a human zoo, like many of the reviews mentioned. Instead, I just felt it was a tourist trap. The women of the village were all very nice and I have many great discussions with them. This place, as with all of the tourist places in Chiang Rai would benefit from a professional tourism planning commission to make these place more acceptable. 300 bht per person is quite expensive to walk through a market where you seem the same products at each stall. There is no historical or cultural value to this place. No information, no guides, nothing to seperate this from a tourist trap marketplace.
Written January 23, 2020
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Elizabeth A
10 contributions
Apr 2019
The Karen people are truly welcoming without tapping too hard into the tourism aspects of trying to make a living in this remote part of the world. The village is genuine, the cultural exhibits are legitimate and the market stalls are beautiful. I would recommend purchasing items from them since this is how they make a living, and the items are lovely - hand woven scarves, bamboo cups. What I loved the most is how happy they are to share their space with us!
Written March 5, 2020
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99mvdp
Haarlem, The Netherlands4 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Feels totally wrong. High entrance fee (500 baht for adults and 250 for kids) and nothing to see. You are practically forced to buy something, which is broken before you get out of the "village". We were the only ones there and it felt all wrong. They can only speak English when the amount is said and the word: buy, buy, buy! Really sorry that we came here! Even the kids didn't want to stay.
Written April 24, 2023
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Angela T
Golden, CO7 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
First of all, be kind enough to understand that your entry ticket pays for the opportunity to interact with people that in regular conditions is secluded from the rest of the civilization and their only way of income is allowing you to visit them and maybe leave some money extra through the purchase of handcrafted items that represent their culture.
Do not assume that they have to speak your language, understand your mannerisms or be forced to take pictures, treat them with common sense, kindness and respect.
This is a unique experience, do not act like an entitled tourist and enjoy the ride.
Written January 17, 2024
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Mitesh
Bourne, UK24 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
A wonderful experience. I felt very privileged just to be able to go there and meet these lovely people. They were so nice. I bought a few things from them. And they were kind enough to let me take photos with them. If you can go I would recommend it, please also buy / donate to them as they have no other income. If you can.
Written January 31, 2024
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KarolinaDr
Sanur, Indonesia127 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
The village is famous for its women, who wear brass rings around their necks, creating the appearance of a long neck.
Unfortunately, it is not a typical village, but rather a market with souvenirs.
Also the entry ticket price is 300 THB, which is definitely too expensive.
Despite this, it is still worth a visit to witness the beauty of the long-necked women.
Written April 4, 2023
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Andrew G
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Solo
It’s totally So WRONG!!!!! I witnessed a Lady (Origin shall not say) demanding 2 little girls to sit properly for her to take photo!!! WTF! They are not animals, they are human being that allows tourist to view their heritage and sell some hand make crafts…….Shame on this lady to make such a demand. Worst of all, did not even purchase anything or gave the little ones any tips.
Written July 26, 2023
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia15,996 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
My friend and I went to the tribal village but we refused to pay 300 baht each to go in and take pictures with the long neck tribe. I feel for them. This is because in my country we also have native tribes and visitors travelled into our jungles and ‘visit’ their villages to take pictures with them. It is their lives and homes that visitors intrude. They are kind and nice to visitors but I know it is not easy to have continuous intrusion of foreigners in your homes. So in this long neck tribal village, my friend and I were happy enough to just visit their stalls and buy some souvenirs from them. Seeing their hard life remind us of our own indigenous tribes at home.
Written August 21, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,964 contributions
Oct 2019
I've seen the long-neck ladies before. It is unique in the world, but I feel sorry for the pain the women go through for the purpose of pleasing the men, and essentially working to be a tourist attraction.
Written October 14, 2019
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