Karen Hill Tribe, Chiang Mai Overview

Originating from Tibet, the Karen Hill Tribe, residing in the villages of Chiang Mai, are the largest ethnic minority group in Thailand. Comprising of four subgroups, each with their own language, attire and traditions, they are among the popular tourist tours in Chiang Mai. The most prominent among the subgroups of the Karen Hill Tribes are the Long Necks, famous for the women wearing brass rings around their necks. Considered auspicious jewellery by the women, the wearing of the brass rings gives an elongated neck appearance, leading to the women of the tribe being given the nickname 'giraffe women'.

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