Remote Lands

Burma

Disappearing Ink: Tattooed Women of the Chin State

Disappearing Ink: Tattooed Women of the Chin State

Deep in the remote hills of the Chin State, tribes of tattooed women inhabit villages. Visiting this far-flung corner of Myanmar is like traveling back in time, but it’s very apparent that society is changing rapidly. As Chin State is becoming more connected to the rest of Myanmar, local tradition is dying. The Chin people are known for their animist ways of life.

Discovering the Tribes of Loikaw

Discovering the Tribes of Loikaw

A short flight from Yangon sits the very traditional Loikaw, one of the best places to head in Southeast Asia for a window into authentic tribal life. I was the very first foreign visitor to some of Loikaw’s more remote tribal areas.

Myanmar’s Kengtung: a Mecca of Tribal Diversity

Myanmar’s Kengtung: a Mecca of Tribal Diversity

During my visit to Kengtung, Myanmar, which is located not far from the Golden Triangle – close to Laos, Thailand and China – I discovered true diversity for its own sake, free of any other agenda, political or otherwise.

Facial Tattoos of Myanmar’s Chin Tribe

Facial Tattoos of Myanmar’s Chin Tribe

The Chin tribe of Myanmar, which live near the Bangladesh border not far from Mrauk U, are a people who wear facial tattoos. I journeyed to this corner of Asia to seek out the answers of why exactly do they undergo the process of getting such tattoos, which might seem extreme in Western culture.