They are distinct from, and not to be confused with, the Kayan people of Borneo. In the late s and early s due to conflict with the military regime in Myanmar, many Kayan tribes fled to the Thai border area. A estimate puts the population at approximately , Huai Seau Tao is a commercial village opened in Many of the residents of Ban Nai Soi Kayan Longneck village moved into the Karenni refugee camp in September , but 20 families and residents remain there, according to the sign at the entrance as of February
Please also share on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest. Thanks for visiting! For some tourists, seeing the giraffe-like, long neck women Kayans may seem like just another stop on a Thailand adventure of a lifetime. Many tourist agencies stop by these hill villages between jeep rides through snake-infested jungles and tours of elegant temples.
Myanmar refugees suffer as tourism dries up. This is one of several privately owned ethnic villages in northern Thailand that are home to migrants from the Karenni or Red Karen hill tribe in Myanmar's Kayah State, formerly known as Karenni State. Until March, the village was a popular tourist attraction, with visitors queuing to see the elongated, brass-ringed necks of the Red Karen women, made famous since they were first pictured in monochrome in by the French photographer Albert Harlingue.
The Padaung tribe is a subgroup of the larger Kayah tribe, which in turn is a subgroup of the Karenni which in turn is a subgroup of the Karen. The Padaung have no written language and are best known for its long-necked women. The tribe is named after the Padaung area, where most of them live.