Padaung (Long Neck) People
One of the most striking of these groups is the long necked Padaung national living in the Shan State of Myanmar. Their unique attractiveness is their well acclaimed brass rings on the women's necks. There are two kinds of Padaung, one who puts rings on women's necks called " long-necked Padaungs " and the other, without rings on women's necks called short necked Padaungs. Interesting to note is how padaung women put the rings on their necks, a tradition passed down from their great grand parents to this day. At the early ages of five or six years, spiral brass rings are put around the Padaung girl's neck. More neck rings are added every four years, up to nine times until the age of (45). By the last round, the rings will weigh about (5) kg. This custom of neck rings has attracted a great deal of interest.
Myeik or Mergui Archipelago, located in southern most part of Myanmar, comprises over 800 beautiful islands. Due to its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora & fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life.
The only human inhabitants in this area are sea gypsies, namely Salon (Moken) in Myanmar. They live on boats during dry season and remain on land during rainy season. They still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques used for generation.
Being affectionate to sea, much skiful in swimming and diving, their ways of life and customs are so characteristic that traditional festival will be launched intending to attract international tourists as well as to operate marine eco-tourism around the islands in Myeik Archipelago of Myanmar.