While travelling around Thailand, you will inevitably come across many fishermen. They are so common, they will at some point probably become a part of your daily observations and perhaps after a while, you will not notice them anymore. Still, they are an integral part of the country, and on any boat trip, you are bound to see them. They might form a great sight with stunning islands in the background, or a pretty scene in their colourful boats.
But you might also come across fisherman while walking on the beach. After mooring their boats, they get their fish out, get their nets arranged, clean them, repair them, and prepare them for the next catch. Or, walking in a village, you might see their wives getting the fish out of the nets, or repairing them, scrubbing them and folding them to get ready for the next time their husband takes them to the sea.
Early mornings, if you stay in a village near the sea you will hear the droning engine of their longtail boats as they take to the waters for their next catch. In some cases, you might see a fisherman dragging his boat through the sea in apparently shallow water. The typical bow of their boats make the fisherboats photogenic, and they are often coloured brightly, and decorated with brightly coloured cloth and flowers. Fish being a main staple in the Thai diet, fishermen are just a part of daily life, and it is worth paying attention. They make for great sights.
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