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Thai Government Urged to Investigate ‘Long Neck’ Tourist Village

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Long Neck Padung woman in Chiang Mai.

Long Neck Padung woman in Baan Tong Luang, Chiang Mai. Photo: Adventure in Thailand.

The Thai government is being urged to investigate a businessman who allegedly moved more than 20 Padaung so-called “long necks” from their homes in northern Thailand to become a tourist attraction near Chiang Mai.

The Karen Network for Culture and Environment (KNCE), based in Chiang Mai, announced on Thursday that it would write to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva urging “action” by the Thai government.

KNCE coordinator Waiying Thongbeu told The Irrawaddy on Thursday that the businessman had brought the 22 Padaung from Mae Hong Son, near the Thai-Burmese border, to a farm in the Chiang Mai suburb of Mae Rim.

The Padaung had been registered as immigrant workers and acted as a tourist attraction for visitors who paid 500 baht (US $16) to view them, Waiying Thongbeu said.

Full story: Irrawaddy


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