Mae Chan Hill Tribes
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Visit the Padong 'longneck' tribe and Akha tribes at Mae Chan.
The Pa Dong rely on farming rice, tea and tobacco cultivation. Certain Pa Dong females 'elongate' their necks from an early age with brass, which is coiled around their necks to give a brass ring effect. The greater number of coils is believed to enhance physical beauty and increase aesthetic appeal. Wearing the coiled brass rings is considered an "honor" and is a privilege awarded to females who are born on a full moon.
Akha villages are distinguished by their carved wooden gates with guardian spirits. The Akha live in raised houses, within which