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“Huay Pu Keng - better”
Review of Long Neck Village

Long Neck Village
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Ranked #10 of 26 things to do in Mae Hong Son
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Reviewed February 5, 2016 via mobile

We went to Huay Pu Keng village (in pictures, google map pin) after some search, by boat which we paid 700baht, 2 ways. From the jetty on the Pai river.

Paid 250baht each to enter. (although we think that we got sharted, as only paid to boatman without tickets).

The village seems much original doesnt feel like human zoo. But all of them was trying to sell us stuff. We were the only tourists there. Found the school and everything. Our mistakes is when we venture to the back alley and by mistakes, found the true face of the community. The school is bigger and a new church with volleyball court made from bamboo strips. They have satellite tv and solar panels.

But then, our target is to see long neck people which we managed to achieve although felt cheated. Anyway, this place doesnt have the neck ring with hinges, so we are happy.

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed January 28, 2016

Recommended.

This attraction, it seems is a natural lure for the human instinct to observe what's different about other peoples elsewhere. Were it not for the unusual practice of women wearing rings around their necks as a differentiating feature, we're not sure these peoples would be significantly different from a visual perspective than many other nomadic peoples worldwide. Of course, they ARE different, given their cultural heritage and geography.

We were fortunate to have native Thai, Khan and Kayan speakers with us during our visit to this place. These people originated from Mongolia during the Bronze age. Others have spent a lot of time here describing the women of this culture and their practices. We will forgo that here. Please see other reviews or material on the Internet for lazier descriptions about these people.

This is one of 3 "storefront" villages in an area where the women of this culture sell their wares. That is, only some women and children remain behind to sell items to generate income while other members of their village wander.

Some items for sale are hand made --- others are acquired through trading with other peoples in the region. The primary purpose of this village is to present the front to sell items to tourists. It also provides lodging and shopping opportunities for residents.

If you decide to visit, questions of ethics and protocol will arise in your mind as to how to act and what to do. Here's what we did.

We wandered through the village into the "shopping areas". The latter are simply temporary covered structures where the vendors place their wares. If we liked something, we looked at and asked questions about it, and if wanted it, we bought it. We always took pictures with the sellers when we bought something. When we didn't buy but wanted a picture, we asked permission. In a few cases, we left a gratuity of 10 or 20 baht when we didn't buy something but otherwise had an enjoyable and informative conversation with a vendor.

In the end, we can assert that shopping here is a unique experience. Many of the items sold can be bought at the local street markets in neighboring towns. We visited here to see the women and their long neck rings. That's it.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed January 24, 2016

Definitely worth a trip to see this place. We came here in a taxi we had rented for a 10 hr day (about $70) that took us all over the region and the various sites it offers. I highly recommend this alternative when in a small group of 2-6 people.

There is a huge selection of booths selling interesting and attractive arts and crafts, some obviously uniquely made there, some more generic and not. Do not buy anything too early as the prices can be different at each stall, so better to commence negotiations with a more favorable starting price. Once you walk down the free initial stall area, you have the choice of paying a fee and going into the more personal village area, where the actual "long necks" of the Karen tribe are making and selling their wares.

Well worth going into this area, where you can see the artisans at their looms and where one has a chance to hold and see how heavy those rings are that the women wear around their necks. Fyi no men were seen anywhere selling or making the merchandise in any of the booths. One woman making scarves on a traditional loom was older and had a particularly long neck of rings - must have weighed 20 lbs at minimum.

This area is really quite big and one wonders if the tribe shares their money, as after walking up one long row you still have a long way to go but quickly realize that they are all selling and making essentially the same thing, thus making buying from a further off booth essentially not worth the effort.

Of note: the whole area of stalls is set on a hard packed, dried mud terrain. I can only imagine the horror when rainy season hits. Why this has not been addressed and alternative flooring made ( rocks, wood, stone?) is beyond me.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank dharmathug
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Reviewed January 14, 2016 via mobile

50 baht, 50 baht, endless bagging 50 baht for some Likely chinese crafts. This is all u hear around.
Wasted time :(
Not recommended.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank 870ivb
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Reviewed January 14, 2016

I am confused. My european mind is to say no: it s like a human zoo: poor people who are waiting you to propose their art that you don t want. BUT ..i thing it s a way to survive for their...in this case, go and help. There s worh thing to do in the world. See the ling neck wife is interesting, the village around a shock, and the handicraft is nice. GO TO HELP IT S A GOOD DECISION

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank HDLBruxelles
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