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.

Longtail water taxi or fishing boats, Thailand.3
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”

Longtail water taxi or fishing boats, Thailand.8
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

Longtail Boats, Thai Water Taxi's, Island Info Samui

This steering pole (or tail), resembles the tail of an animal, hence the name “Long-tail Boats”

Long-tail boats
These long-tail boats are licensed to carry between 25 and 50 people…

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