The Long neck Karen village is the place to see the world famous women with rings around their endless-looking necks. \n\nLong time ago, the tribe of Karen people used to inhabit the present Pattaya’s territory, now the members of this ethnic group are residing in few reservations where tourists are eagerly welcome. It is worth mentioning though, that the authenticity of the Karen’s way of life is somewhat lost, with the reservations thoroughly cleaned and exotic belles dressed in their smart traditional apparel sitting ceremoniously in the street, doing needlework or pottering about with house chores. Moreover, the girls have learned to promptly strike a pose a-la catwalk models once they’ve sensed a camera zooming in on them! Well, at least the pictures will be of top quality, besides you can try their massive stiff “necklace” on, to appreciate the burden the poor things have to carry on them at all times.
The girls wear these neck rings since the age of 4-5, each year adding one metal ring around their necks, so that by the age of 26 the coil’s weight can reach 8 kg! In fact, the neck itself does not stretch at all – this impression is created by the clavicles that sink under the pressure.
The origin of this skeleton-deforming tradition is not reliably known – either the rings were meant to protect the women from predators’ teeth, or were forced on them to prevent them fleeing to the neighboring tribe, or they were a part of some magic Karen ritual. Either way, the visual effect produced by the beauties is fantastic, besides, apart from the bright pictures, you can take some souvenirs they made with you.
Prices: Village entry fee is 250 baht.
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