Published on February 28, 2014
The Human Zoo ? Kayan Village – Mae Hong Son Thailand
Tourism • What are our impacts as a tourist? – Social – Economic – Environmental • Focus : The impact of tourism on culture (Social, economic and environmental benefits and problems)
George is staying in Mae Hong Son in Northwest Thailand He is keen to learn more about the hill tribe peoples that live in the region, especially a group called the Kayan.
Vote with your feet: Should George visit a Kayan village?
• Seventy Kayan families live in three villages around Mae Hong Son. • One of the traditions of the Kayan is a major tourist attraction in Mae Hong Son - their long neck women. From a young age, Kayan women add brass rings around their necks that gradually make them appear longer. http://www.anntours.c om/Thailand/Thailand.a spx
The Giraffe Women of Mae Hong Son
Who are the Kayan and Where are they from ?
Why are they in Thailand ?
What is the controversy surrounding them ?
Responsible and Ethical Tourism • This dilemma for George on whether to visit the hill tribe village brings about the issue of ethics. Is it ethical and responsible for George to make a visit ? • What is meant by being ‘ethical tourism’? • What is ‘responsible tourism’ ?
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