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Painted Boat (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Pattani Painted Boat

Painted Boat

Painted boat in Pattani province

Pattani province, in southern Thailand, is famous for its painted, long-tail fishing boats. Here’s the photo of one of these famous boats that I promised last Wednesday.

Be sure to see last Wednesday’s painted dragon from one of the boats.


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

Painted Dragon (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Pattani Boat Dragon

Painted Dragon

Dragon detail from a boat

The southern Thailand province of Pattani, on the Gulf of Thailand/South China Sea side, is known for its painted fishing boats. Along with Yala and Narathiwat, Pattani province is predominantly Muslim. We used to travel there on Kasma’s trip to Southern Thailand but with the unrest in those provinces (there is a strong separatist movement) we’ve not been there since early 2003.

This dragon is a close-up from one of the boats. I wish I could tell you the beach where the picture was taken but I simply don’t remember. The picture was scanned from a color negative.

Be sure to look at next Wednesday’s photo of one of the boats.


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

Longtail Boat (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, 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.