Visit Long Neck Village

The Kayan ethnic group (Kayan Lahwi or Padaung) is a sub-group of the red Karenni group. They are a Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Myanmar mainly found in the Shan and Kayah states.

In the late 1980s, due to the increasing conflict between this minority group and the military regime in Myanmar, they started to flee, crossing the border into Mae Hong Son in north-western Thailand.

There is a belief that the longneck women wore rings to protect themselves from tigers in the jungle, although this is probably just folklore. A more accurate reason for wearing the rings is that they consider it a form of beauty, just like other forms of body modifications practiced by cultures around the world (such as a facial piercing or tattoos).

Crystal Holidays Travel will take guests on an authentic experience to meet these people by visiting Baan Huay Pu Keng village in Mae Hong Son.

Located close to the border with Myanmar, most of the year Baan Huay Pu Keng is only accessible by long-tail boat across the Pai River. Its proximity to the homeland of this group, means that it the village has preserved its heritage organically.

Arrive at Baan Huay Pu Keng by long-tail boat, enjoying the spectacular mountains all around. You will also have the opportunity to stay overnight in the village at a Kayan Long Neck Homestay, staying with a Kayan family in their traditional bamboo stilt house. This is an amazing opportunity to learn first-hand about the Kayan people and their fascinating way of life.

If the journey is too arduous, Crystal Holidays Travel can arrange a trip to the next best village, Baan Tong Luang in Mae Rim. Just a 30-minute drive from Chiang Mai city, there are a variety of minority groups to meet here, including Kayan, Kayaw Big Ear, Karen, Hmong, Palong, Yao/Mien Lahu and Lisu. This option offers an incredible glimpse into a wide range of cultures, and what traditional village life was once like for them, for an interesting and educational experience.

Contact Us to add this excursion into your Thailand tour.