7 January 2013
You now understand why these typical Thai boats are called long-tail boats. They are omnipresent along the coast, in canals and around the hundreds of Thai islands, ferrying passengers and goods alike. In fact, some islands don’t even have sufficient facilities for larger-size ferries and boats to dock the coast directly. In that case, they come alongside a floating platform about a hundred metres off the beach, disembarking passengers who then hop onto long-tail boats waiting for them. What freaked me out? The cute lady selling tickets for the long-tail boats answered me with a deep, manly voice. Wow, she/he (that ladyboy) was unexpected.