We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private 8-Hour Tour of Doi Inthanon National Park including Lunch from Chiang...
More Info
and up
Private Trekking Day Tour in Chiang Rai: Visit Hill Tribes Villages and Learn...
More Info
and up
5-Night Umphang Trekking Tour from Bangkok

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 104 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 14
  • 11
    Very good
  • 9
  • 9
  • 13
Conflicting thoughts on this visit

We visited the Long Neck Karen as part of a motorbike tour and I'll be honest I was looking forward to it from the minute we arrived in Chiang mai, now that might conflict with... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 June 2016
Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 56: English reviews
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This village was very different to one that I've been to in Chiang Mai 8 years ago. This village was only a row of shops with ladies with brass on their neck selling goods; and I had to pay 250 baht per person to enter the village just to have a look at the row of shops! My previous visit... More 

Thank Ameliatcy
Izmir Province, Turkey
Level Contributor
194 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I was wondering the karen people history because of george orwell - burmese days. Finally I have visited this village. It is very interesting to see their life , listen their history ( escape from mynamar, coming tayland, relations with japanese.) Beucase of life conditions some of the karens move to Pai. But if you want to visit real karen... More 

1 Thank ernur p
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Level Contributor
38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Sorry people, but visiting a village where (with all due respect for their traditions) you can take a picture with fake (only half) rings around your neck... it felt like visiting a freak show 100 years ago. So sad that these people have to make money by selling souvenirs to foreigners who take pictures with these ladies. Apart from the... More 

Thank Asia_tripper2013
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

The Karen Village is magical. Sun was a great host and you can quickly see how much they care about the elephants. Not only is it a once in a lifetime experience but they make sure you learn how to properly take care of an elephant. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Thank HUBY32920
Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

We visited the Long Neck Karen as part of a motorbike tour and I'll be honest I was looking forward to it from the minute we arrived in Chiang mai, now that might conflict with the title of this review so let me try to make sense for you. The village is up in the mountains so we left our... More 

1 Thank euroanchor
Truro, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

The locals are being exploited by outsiders who charge what they think they can get away with for you to enter. I didn't pay but just walked in with the accompanying threats but they can't charge entry. OK if you want to photograph some one with a long neck then give them a tip, that's fair. There are other villages... More 

1 Thank Steve F
Level Contributor
549 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

Recommended. This attraction, it seems is a natural lure for the human instinct to observe what's different about other peoples elsewhere. Were it not for the unusual practice of women wearing rings around their necks as a differentiating feature, we're not sure these peoples would be significantly different from a visual perspective than many other nomadic peoples worldwide. Of course,... More 

1 Thank RoverTreks
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015

We visited this village as part of a private tour with Untouched Thailand. We really appreciated having our tour guide to take us through the village and tell us about their history and how they came to be the long-neck hill tribe. He was also able to communicate to the people for us if we had any questions about their... More 

Thank Tova J
Level Contributor
18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

You can drive by yourself to all the Kayan villages, even the one with boat only access. You just need to pay 20 baht for the 20 second trip in the boat taxi to cross the river. You then pay a 200 baht village entrance fee. Do I begrudge them this fee? Absolutely not, we are probably their main source... More 

3 Thank Sharon K
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
89 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

we paid a taxi driver 300Baht to take us, wait & drive back to Old City. Got a bit of a surprise to discover an entrance fee of 500 Baht each. It wasn't what we expected. I wish I'd done more research before going. I bought some scarves which I really could've bought anywhere.

3 Thank Wendy B

Travellers who viewed Karen village also viewed

Mae Hong Son, Mae Hong Son Province
Mae Hong Son, Mae Hong Son Province
Mae Hong Son, Mae Hong Son Province
Mae Hong Son, Mae Hong Son Province

Been to Karen village? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Karen village and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Karen village staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?