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The Long-Neck Women of Thailand Live in a Zoo

“The things which the child loves remain in the domain of the heart until old age. The most beautiful thing in life is that our souls remain over the places where we once enjoyed ourselves”

Mother and child - Padaung tribe of Myanmar’s ethnic minori - These are the 1st people I remember ever reading about in National Geographic at my grandmother's house back in the 70's. Back then, it was thought that if the woman misbehaved, her husband would remove the 'collar', & her head would fall forward suddenly, breaking her neck!

Long neck girls, Paduang tribe, Mae Hong Son in Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia

The "long neck" women of the Padaung/Kayan tribes found in the Mae Hong Son province of Thailand. The tribes were originally refugees that fled from the then Myanmar military. One of the refugee camps became a tourist site where crafted items are sold and is sometimes viewed as controversial but currently provides and opportunity for being self-sufficient.

Portrait of a Kayan or Padaung hill tribe woman, more commonly known as the long-neck or giraffe tribe due to brass coils worn around their necks, located in a small village in the Chiang Mai Province