Kayan or long-necked Karen lady refugee from Myanmar, Ban Huai Suea Thao, Mae Hong Son แม่ฮ่องสอน, Thailand

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This woman lives in a refugee village, there are three different hilltribes here, Kayan or Karen, Kayaw and another oops I forgot. The entry fee is free for Thai people but 250 baht for farang (the foreigner), she said she used to get about 1000 baht a month from the people taking admission, but now only gets some rice, not enough to feed family. Anything she sells however she keeps all. Sad really, tour companies bringing people here probably make a lot of money. I got here by road, but maybe impassable during rainy season (may to october). Possibly by boat during rainy season.

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Sanchita Bhaduri on January 28, 2013

She is a well known face in T.V. I think Very beautiful and lovely picture and the most very beautiful smile.. :) :) GREETINGS AND BEST WISHES FROM INDIA

gentiane73 on January 28, 2013

i love her smile ! :-)

Amitie de France

kwantum on February 18, 2013

uuuuh! looks not very comfortbel?

Tomros on February 23, 2013

Great portrait. Interesting story!

LIKE 21.

greetings from Toronto

lekibau on February 27, 2013

How come like that...???

Lady GooGoo La La on February 27, 2013

Thank you all very much:

lekibau they think its beautiful
kwantum they wear it since baby gentiane73
Anders T
Pong, yes some children still wear but fewer now

Smiles and best wishes from Land of Smiles Thailand :~)

:~) Lady Goo Goo La La

Guizel J.c on February 27, 2013

Beautiful picture with a very interesting cultural scene



Pat BARREAUX on February 28, 2013

like 24 une femme girafe ! :-) Bien cordialement Patrick

Lady GooGoo La La on March 1, 2013

Thank you so much J.C. and Pat for your visit and kind comment Lady GooGoo La La :~)

Det Lindinger on March 6, 2013

Well done Lady Goo ..............like & Fav

Best Greetings Det!

Lady GooGoo La La on March 6, 2013

Thank you so much Det for your visit and kind comment.

Lady GooGoo La La :~) from the Land of Smiles, Thailand

rajilal neetumthurut… on March 8, 2013

ya this lady face look nice

Lady GooGoo La La on March 17, 2013

Thank you so much rajilal neetumthurut for your visit and kind comment.

Lady GooGoo La La :~) Smiles and best wishes from the Land of Smiles, Thailand

Jürgen Weighardt on April 27, 2013

Interesting photo of a long-necked woman, never saw this before. And yes, the behaviour of many tour operators in Southeast Asia is ruthless and shameful. Also hill tribe people have got a dignity, and they are not like animals in a zoo. Proper recompense should be the least they receive. Once, however,I saw them strike back: A bus with tourists stopped on a street near Chiang Mai where some hill tribe people were waiting for a bus. The tourist bus stopped and most tourists went out to take photos of the tribespeople. They, in turn, picked up stones and threw them against the tourists. They fled in the bus which was hard-hit by stones, too. The bus drove off and, honestly, my sympathy was with the tribepeople. ** Jürgen greets you from Germany.

Haddock54 on June 13, 2013

Long necks are supposed to be beautiful.

crvzr on October 19, 2013

Un magnifique portrait... j'aime beaucoup ce cliché et votre galerie

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Photo taken in Pha Bong, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

This photo was taken indoors

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  • Uploaded on December 22, 2012
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    by Lady GooGoo La La
    • Taken on 2012/12/21 11:12:21
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