Padaung Tribe, Thailand

Deep in a lush jungle of Northern Thailand sits the tiny Village of Nai Soi.  This is where the Padaung Tribe calls home.  They used to live in Myanmar (formerly Burma) but they were treated so badly that they have fled the country.

They are widely known for the long necks of the women in the tribe. They wear large rings around their necks to make them longer. This is considered to be beautiful by the Padaung people. Latest studies have shown that their necks are not actually longer. Their collarbones get pushed down on an angle.

Padaung Woman and Child

I leave it to you to decide if tourists should go to see them. On one hand, some say tourism perpetuates a practice that should be stopped. On the other hand, they are refugees who can’t get legitimate work and have no other real means of income other than tourism. Also, some say one culture shouldn’t judge another. Is getting implants any less bizarre? I’ll say this: If you do go, treat them with respect. They are regular people with all the same feelings that everyone else has.

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