This mountainous part of Thailand is famous for its cooler weather, its winding roads and its tribes. This photo is of a Long Necked Karen tribal woman. They originally belong to Myanmar’s Shan province, but live in Thailand (close to the Myanmar border) as refugees doing odd manual labour jobs. The women of this tribe are known to add brass rings to their necks when they are young in a bid to make them longer and appear beautiful to the grooms. Some of them have suffered irreparable damage due to these rings and hence most of the women do not follow these traditions today. This elderly woman in the photo still wears it in a bid to raise some money through tourism.
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