long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand
The unique village of the Karen long neck tribe.

Coming to Chiang Mai, visitors not only visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep located on the slope of Mount Suthep at the height of 1.073m, Wat Chedi Luang with unique architecture of the Lanna dynasty and North Thai art, Mae Sa elephant camp, Chiang Mai Zoo – home to more than 200 species of mammals, birds from Asia and Africa … but you also visit a unique “village” of the Karen long neck village. People call this place as Karen long neck village (also known as Mae Rim village, Karen village, Karen village Chiang Mai, Karen village Thailand, Karen long neck village Chiang Mai). Now, let’s check it out.

karen long neck village
Women in Karen long neck village

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand9 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai

Long Neck Hilltribe Padaung Thailand
The Karen long neck village.

karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (1)

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand11 Image by: karen long neck village blog.
Image by: karen long neck village blog.

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand15 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai

History of Karen Long Neck Village Chiang Mai

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand1
In the Karen long neck village, 100% of women are confident with their appearance. Image by: karen long neck village blog.

Karen Long Neck Village is located in a valley built by the Thai government to attract tourists to get northern Thailand. In this village, visitors will be able to visit, learn about the life, culture, and customs of the Karen long neck tribe, you can meet girls wearing metal rings wrapped around the neck, hands, the knees and legs.

karen long neck village

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand14

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand17 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai

karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (1)

karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (1)

karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (1)
Image by: karen long neck village blog.

karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (1)

karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (1)

Karen was a tribe of Burmese origin but around the 1980s and 1990s, they were chased and rushed to Chiang Mai to settle. Although they have migrated to this place for two decades, they still maintain their own culture as matriarchy and long necks for all the girls in the village.

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand2
All girls in Karen have been wearing necklaces since the age of five. Image by: karen long neck village blog.

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand13

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand18 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai

When the girls are 5 years old, they begin to wear a copper necklace around their neck, the number of rings will increase every four years of 1 time and they are attached with the girls until the end of their lives. The rings are worn over each other, making the neck of the girls longer and longer. Once worn around the neck, the girls will not remove the ring anymore. Some women have a neck up to 25cm, with more than 20 necklaces, weighing several kilograms.

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand19long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand19

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand26 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai

karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (1)

karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (1)

According to the conception of long neck villagers Karen, the woman has a longer neck; she is more beautiful neck and the necklace show wealth, happiness. In addition to wearing a necklace, if the family has conditions, about 10 years old, the girls also wear the anklet. The more necklaces around the girl, the more beautiful and attractive!

How to get to The Karen Village Chiang Mai

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand3
Tuk Tuk – a vehicle which visitors choose to get the Karen long neck village

Karen Long Neck Village is located close to the border between Thailand and Myanmar. This place is about 180 km from Chiang Mai, about 30 km from Chiang Rai city, quietly behind the 1019 highway.

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand25-songthaew

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand25-songthaew1

From Chiang Mai, guests can use vehicles such as tuk-tuk/songthaew, taxi, car rental or even rent motorbikes to get the Karen village. When renting any kind of vehicle, you should negotiate the price first because the driver here knows how to scream the price very high with the visitors and still quite haughty. In addition, travelers cannot travel by motorbike without an international driver’s license.

Experiences in Karen Long Neck Village

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand4 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai
Can you guess the age of this woman? Photo by: karen village chiang mai blog.

A ticket to visit Karen Long Neck Village is about 500 Bath (equivalent to 16 dollars). Much of this revenue is collected by the government to support the lives of the people in the village.

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand5 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand8

The first and most interesting thing to attract your attention is to count the number of rings on the neck of the women. The more the necklace, the woman is more years old.

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand7
Souvenir shop in Karen Long Neck Village.
long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand20 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai
Photo by: karen village chiang mai blog.

karen long neck village 2

karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (1)

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand21 Image credit: karen long neck village chiang mai blog.
Image credit: karen long neck village chiang mai blog.

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand22

In this ancient village, there are many stalls selling souvenirs. Visitors can find many types of brocade, scarves, bracelets, necklace … suitable for the dusty and wild style here. Most women will look and sell in these stores because men go to work far places. Also, seeing the last men in this village are making jewelry is a much more enjoyable experience. You will understand that jewelry processing will go through stages and how the drawing of the pattern takes much time and effort!

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand6 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand12
You can wear a necklace and take a photo with a friendly long neck woman. Image credit: karen long neck village chiang mai blog.

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand24 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai

3karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (11)
Image credit: karen long neck village chiang mai blog.

3karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (11)

3karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (11)
Picture: karen village thailand blog.

Surely you understand the patriarchy! Thus, understanding the matriarchy will not be difficult. The matriarchal in Karen’s ancient village as well as other matrilineal villages, the inalienable man in the family, daily housekeeping for the women then cook, wash and take care of the children, house…

karen long neck village chiang mai

long neck women of Thailand-chiangmai-thailand23 karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai

If you have the opportunity to visit this unique village, do not hesitate to take a photo with the women here. Certainly, Karen’s long neck village will bring unforgettable memories.

6karen village chiang mai karen village thailand karen long neck village chiang mai (9)
Picture: karen village thailand blog.

Karen Long Neck Village Chiang Mai

Address: Baan Tong Luang | Mae Raem, Mae Rim 50180, Thailand
Entrance fee: It cost 600 baht return for the boat and 250 baht per person to enter the village.

chiang mai thailand where to stay

Are you looking for more Chiang Mai travel guide and top things to do in Chiang Mai? Let’s read: Chiang Mai travel blog — The fullest Chiang Mai travel guide for a great trip to the “Rose of the North” of Thailand.