Southern Thailand is famous for its wooden longtail boats – called ruea hang yao in Thai – which today are used as a small passenger ferries and fishing boats. These simple yet perfectly designed vessels are typically powered by automobile engines mounted on a rotating turret at the stern. The engine drives a propeller at the end of a long pole (the “tail”), which is used to both steer and power the craft. With their narrow profile and negligible draft, they are ideal for navigating the shallow waters, bays and limestone passageways of the Andaman Sea around Krabi.
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