Woman and child from the Padaung tribe in Mae Hon Song, Northern Thailand.<br />
The Padaung-Karen tribe are also known as long-neck or giraffe women. Many of the women have been wearing the neck coils since the age of five, which pushes their clavicles downward, giving them the illusion of having a longer neck. There are thought to be about 7000 originally from Burma/Myanmar, although about 500 have fled the civil unrest of their country to live on the Thai border where the women weave handicrafts and the men work in the fields. The Padaung don’t receive refugee status by the Thai government and now rely on the generosity of curious tourists.

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Woman and child from the Padaung tribe in Mae Hon Song, Northern Thailand.
The Padaung-Karen tribe are also known as long-neck or giraffe women. Many of the women have been wearing the neck coils since the age of five, which pushes their clavicles downward, giving them the illusion of having a longer neck. There are thought to be about 7000 originally from Burma/Myanmar, although about 500 have fled the civil unrest of their country to live on the Thai border where the women weave...
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  • Date: 26 Apr 2006
  • Location: North Thailand Thailand
  • Filename: TH-5291.jpg
  • Image size: 3491x5306 pixels