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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Pat Cassidy on December 22, 2012

Fashion, as beauty, is surely in the eye of the beholder. Like.

Lady GooGoo La La on December 23, 2012

Thank you very much Pat

Smiles and best wishes in New Year and Christmas from Thailand :~)

:~) Lady Goo Goo LaLa

Ernandes C Santos on December 23, 2012

Imagem preciosa e fascinante, trabalho belíssimo e magnífico, Muito boa, Gosto das suas fotos, Obrigado por compartilhar, sinto-me honrado em comentar suas fotos, parabéns...L I K E...Desejo muita paz e saúde...*Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2013*....Um abraço, do seu Amigo Ernandes...Saudações calorosas de São Paulo - Brasil

Domann Lyon on December 24, 2012

Great shot !!!!!! LIKE Greetings* DOM

loamvalley on December 24, 2012

Hi Googoolar, fascianting document of a sad reality, thank you also for the interesting explanations! With best regards from Switzerland, Felix

loamvalley on December 24, 2012

P.S. Of course your photo is fascinating, NOT fascianting :-)

bonavista on December 26, 2012

Very interesting! Lot of thanks for sharing! Lk


Małgorzata Kasiewicz on December 29, 2012

Excellent picture!!!

Greetings, Małgorzata from Poland.


Nguyễn Lê on December 29, 2012



Greetings from Việt Nam, Nguyễn Lê!


Thanks you very much for your visit my Gallery and kind words!

Happy New Year 2013 to You and Your family!!!

Lady GooGoo La La on January 13, 2013

Thank you all very much:

Nguyễn Lê

Smiles and best wishes from Thailand :~)

:~) Lady Goo Goo La La

Airone on January 15, 2013

Fantastic portrait! Great shot! LIKE Ciao, Airone

Lady GooGoo La La on January 15, 2013

Thank you very much Airone best wished from Thailand :~)

Dida from Augsburg on January 16, 2013

Awesome portrait - Like!

Greetings, Dida

Doug Best on January 17, 2013

Lady GooGoo la la,

This is a Beautiful portrait! Congratulations!

Like#11 & Fav#1

Friendly Greetings from Central Ohio, Doug

franco benf on January 17, 2013



ƤōƝƓ on January 18, 2013

Beautiful portrait and photo of a tradition that is gradually disappearing. YS + L

darek czerniak on January 19, 2013

Beautiful photo.L

Best wishes,darek

Maurice Haddad on January 23, 2013


K@rin on January 23, 2013

Hello GooGooLala

so they seem to have turned into a tourist attraction if I read your info but not a lot of profit for them in it ,

Also a fascinating portrait of tradition and with her smile also , exellent taken, like it and thanks for all attached info

warm greetings


Anders T on January 24, 2013

This woman is very known? I somewhere saw its portrait already earlier...

This woman is very known? I somewhere saw its portrait already earlier...

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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
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO500
    • Exposure Bias: 5.00 EV
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