LONG-TAIL BOATS IN THAILAND
Have you traveled to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Lipe, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Maya Bay, Koh Samui or Koh Chang? If so, you will most likely have been on a long-tail boat before.
The Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, in the South of Thailand are famous for the use of the, often brightly coloured, wooden long-tail boats, in the Thai language these boats are called “Ruea Hang Yao”
These amazing and sturdy vessels are powered by diesel-powered auto-mobile engines that are securely mounted on a rotating turret towards the rear of the boat. The engine drives a propeller attached to the end of a long pole, which is used to both steer and power the boat
This steering pole (or tail), resembles the tail of an animal, hence the name “Long-tail Boats”
These water taxis take thousands of visitors to and from destinations such as Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Lipe, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Maya Bay, Koh Samui, Koh Chang and many more every day
The long-tails are often adorned with brightly coloured ribbons, usually but not always in the Thai National colours of red, blue and white
The long-tail boats above are also flying the Yellow Royal Thai Emblem