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Stilt fishermen Sri lanka

Stilt fishermen Sri lanka

stilt fishermen sri lanka

Stilt fishermen Sri lanka beaches sunsets travel photography
Stilt fishing is often thought to be an ancient form, indigenous to the island. Although the second half may be true, it is far from ancient. Stilt fishing actually developed during WW2, when food was short, and fishing areas were over populated by fishermen. This forced a few creative men to move farther out to sea, first using capsized boats and downed airplanes to perch on whilst they fished in quieter, and richer waters. Soon, they began erecting stilts far from the coastline, using the reefs for elevation and access to larger schools of fish.
Now, of the few genuine stilt fishermen left, most perch much farther out to sea than the posers that sit along the coast line. It seems the tradition is a dying one, unsettled by dwindling fish numbers, thanks to the tsunami, and rising tourists interested in watching. For many fishermen it is simply more financially viable to take money from tourists than actually fishing.
Stilt fishermen Sri lanka beaches sunsets travel photography

The Longboats of Thailand

The Longboats of Thailand Thailand is the jewel of Southeast Asia world travel photos, Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Longboats of Thailand The jewel of Southeast Asia world travel photos

Thailand is the jewel of Southeast Asia or so they say. Who’s they you ask? Every backpacker, couple and traveling family we’ve met seems to rant and rave about the wonders of Thailand and the wonderfully hospitable Thai people.

The Longboats of Thailand Thailand is the jewel of Southeast Asia world travel photos, ThailandThe Longboats of Thailand The jewel of Southeast Asia world travel photos

Although we often refer to long-tail boats as “Thai Longtail Boats”, they are not native to Thailand, they are also common throughout Southeast Asia. They are though, typically Thai, one of those iconic images which we all associate with Thailand. Like images of Thailand’s floating markets, Thai “houses on stilts”, Tuk Tuks and paddy fields, the Long-tail boat is a “Very Thai Thing”.

 

The Longboats of Thailand Thailand is the jewel of Southeast Asia world travel photos, ThailandThe longtail gets its name from the trailing drive shaft and propeller at the back of the boat. Traditionally, these boats were made from wood or bamboo but they are now also made from materials such as fibre-glass. The engines at the back of the boats are sometimes custom-made, but more often than not they are simply a converted car or truck diesel engine which makes them relatively cheap and easy to maintain. The boatman sits or stands at the back of the boat whilst the passengers sit in front of him on small wooden planks. An overhead canopy provides shade and shelter and some boats also have pull-down plastic canopies that cover the sides to protect passengers from spray or rain.

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