Long-tail boats at East Railay beach, near Krabi.

How long-tail boats keep southern Thailand afloat

The long-tail boat is a ubiquitous sight on the beaches of Krabi and Phuket. The boatbuilders' flair for improvisation has kept both a traditional art and the local economy afloat. Words and pictures by Daniel Allen

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Long-tail boats at East Railay beach, near Krabi.
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