Was looking forward to my visit to e long neck tribe but was saddened when I went to e rural tribe.
Found out that they were all refugees in Thailand with no real identity. The women folks were in their traditional wear, meaning the earrings n neck accessories.
Living standards were "traditional", with no hint of modern comfort. Whilst tourists were all swarming to take pictures with the tribe folks I could not fathom why with all the modern comforts are they contented to b living in e rural environment.
I then decided to find out more from my guide as to how are they compensated for their work. Turns out that they are given a low stipend monthly to supplement their livelihoods aside from their handicrafts they make. How much my guide could not tell me. But after reading online about the long neck tribe, I was saddened by their plight. I did not give a overall negative review for the location as I was not sure hw it might affect the village folks, but I wld like to advise all who plan to visit the village to heed my advice to research before dropping in to discourage the exploitation of these poor folks.
I really wish there were more things that I may for my fellow human, but at a place where they r so dependant on tourism dollar, I m sure working on improving their livelihood is not going to happen anytime soon as long as they keep raking in tourist that pays entrance fee to just gawk at them.