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Long Neck  Karen Paduang Hill Tribe near Chiang Mai Thailand

Long Neck Karen Paduang Hill Tribe near Chiang Mai Thailand

There have been hill tribe people living in the northern border areas of Thailand for about two hundred years but their origins go back about two thousand years to Tibet from where their nomadic lifestyle took them to the Yunnan area of southern China and from there through Myanmar (Burma) and Laos into Thailand itself. The Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand were traditionally nomadic peoples, living by slash and burn agriculture and by keeping some domestic animals, such as pigs, chickens and buffalo. When the natural resources of an area were exhausted they would move on.

Meo Hill Tribe – North Thailand

Meo Hill Tribe – North Thailand

Near Chiang Mai via a short drive to the mountains in the Doi Suthep – Doi Pui National Park area one can find the Blue Hmong or Meo Hill Tribe.
There are two subgroups of Hmong in Thailand; the Blue Hmong and White Hmong. The Hmong or Meo Hill-tribes in Thailand crossed over the Mekong River from Laos. These migrations are, however, just the final stages of a much longer history of movement…