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Thailand’s Long Tail Boat Crisis

If you’ve spent any time travelling around Thailand no doubt you’ve seen these amazing long tail boats plying up and down the rivers and waterways.  This local watercraft uses a standard automative engine sitting inboard with a propeller mounted on a long pole directly on the drive shaft.

We took a ride on one of these long tail boats out to visit James Bond Island.

According to Wikipedia the future of long tail boats in Thailand may be in jeopardy with a dramatic spike in pricing making conventional speed boats a more attractive option.  Prices have rocketed from 3,000 baht to now over 200,000 baht for just the frame.

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