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Longtail Boat (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, February 10th, 2010

Longtail Boat in Krabi

Longtail boat in Krabi

Longtail boat in Krabi

This photo illustrates how you get around on the ocean in Southern Thailand – on “longtail” boats. They are called “longtail” boats because of the long propeller shaft that extends out from the engine at the back of the boat. I like this picture because it’s a reminder that when you travel by longtail boat, you are most likely going to get wet; in this case, wading in the water to climb over the side into the boat. (Many boats do have ladders; many don’t.) If you travel much at all in the south of Thailand and head out to islands you’ll become very familiar with these boats and maybe even learn how to snorkel out of them.

The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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