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Long Neck Village, Mae Hong Son

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At Long Neck Village, get a sense of traditional village life and understand the women's practice of lengthening their necks with brass coils. Once a dying custom, the practice has become more frequent due to money it draws from tourism, regardless of the controversy. In Mae Hong, several villages open their doors to curious tourists, with the most popular being Huai Seua Thao. During your visit, expect difficulty in communicating with locals due to the language barrier; nevertheless, they are generally friendly and welcoming. The women will encourage you to purchase handicrafts like hand-woven linens, but note that bartering is frowned upon. Photographs are okay, although many tourists feel uncomfortable with the idea. Plan to see Long Neck Village and other attractions that appeal to you using our Mae Hong Son vacation route planner.
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  • We went there to learn more about this culture but it's actually just a village where women sell some craft. To enter you have to pay 500 baths. The village is very away from the city. I don't recomme...  more »
  • It's interesting to hear the history behind how these people lived, then see them. Visiting their village, I get the feeling they'd rather not be so exposed to tourism. That said, they have plenty of ...  more »
  • I don't believe in paying 500 baht to exploit a type of people. This has become more commercial and has lost the authentic feel to it.  more »

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Where to stay in Mae Hong Son

Though Mae Hong Son generally lacks accommodations that are anything other than functional, you can expect to find acceptable lodgings here--especially if you're a budget-conscious backpacker. These mostly come in the form of clean, no-frills rooms in guesthouses or hostels. Be prepared for prices to fluctuate, rising during the popular season (between November and January). If you're able and willing to spend a little more, explore the more upscale midrange options on the outskirts of the town center.
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