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Longtail Boats

Longtail boats are probably some of the most famous way of traveling here in Thailand. You’ll find them everywhere – not only at the beach. Even in Bangkok you can see them cruising the Chao Praya river.

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What’s interesting about the longtail boat though is that it uses a common automotive engine. So it’s basically a converted car (or truck) engine that powers you over the water. Those engines usually are stuck on a long canoe hull with a canopy. Some even are up to 30 meters long and the types vary a lot. Improvised small ones and huge professionally built ones can be seen everywhere.

What then makes the longtail boat even more unique is the turret-like pole which can rotate about 180 degrees in order to steer the boat by thrust vectoring.

Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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