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“Human zoo”

Union Hilltribe Villages
Ranked #16 of 29 Tours in Chiang Rai
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India
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Human zoo”
Reviewed 20 March 2013

Its terrible here and looks like another tourist scam clubbed with the Golden Triangle. The ladies with long neck dont seem to get any cut out of the money paid by tourists. Even the so-called "village" seems fake. Do yourselves a favor by not visiting here. I travelled from Chiang Mai all the way here and Golden triangle - A big disappointment and waste of time and energy.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“This is blatant commercialism”
Reviewed 26 December 2012

Not very impressed, though we did enjoy learning a little bit about hill tribe life as it used to be. It would be nice to see something unspoiled by tourism and money. We've done worse but we hope to do better.

Visited December 2012
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“False Hilltribe experience, simply not worth it”
Reviewed 6 December 2012

What a false, acting experience this is. Just a routine that the people go through to get tourists to part with money. The expressions on the faces tell a good story. We were very disappointed with this 'attraction' and would advise others to think carefully before visiting. It would appear that there is a 'behind the scenes' life to the people here with motorbikes and cars, pickups coming and going so I don't think that life in the hilltribe is too bad. The singing and dancing was painful to watch/hear and the 'actors' appeared to be bored senseless having to go through the same routine the thousandth time over. Shalln't be returning here and can't recommend this.

Visited November 2012
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“Just for tourists”
Reviewed 21 November 2012

If it is your first experience with the hilltribes and you are not able (for time or health reasons) to spend 2-3 days tracking to see the real villages in the mountains, it is worth visiting. You can see there Ahka, Yao, Lahu, Palong and long-neck Karen. The entry fee is 350,- B.

Visited November 2012
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Chiang Rai, Thailand
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“Human Zoos should be Banned!!”
Reviewed 3 May 2012

I have not seen a worse tourist destination yet. What is even more heartbreaking is that there are many more of these human zoos which feature tribal people that have been removed from their villages (in Myanmar or Burma in the case of the Long Neck Karen) and transplanted anywhere the businessman who runs the place so chooses.

The Human Zoo management is not up front about where the people that populate this make-believe village come from. It is as if they are saying that the Long Neck Karen and the other exotic tribal people that are made to live here are from Thailand. More often than not, they come from Myanmar (Burma). I asked one of the Long Neck Karen women where their husbands were because I saw only women and children. It seems that their husbands did not come along and I was thinking that perhaps it was because men also ate food - but it was the women which tourists are attracted to. Hmmm.

The 200 to 500 Baht entrance fee was exorbitant. Nothing could be learned from the visit and the only thing worthwhile doing there was to take photos of the exotic people. How much of the 200 to 500 Baht went into the pockets of the women was anybody's guess. I heard they got a stipend of 1/2 a sack (around 20 kg.) of rice and a little bit of cash. It might be a better deal for the Long Neck Karen women to be here in Thailand - but they should be treated in a fair manner. NOT Exploited this way.

Visited December 2011
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