Photographer Matthew Atkin in the Phi-Phi Islands of Thailand

Matt Atkin photographs long-tail boats in the Phi-Phi Islands of Thailand

Matt Atkin photographs long-tail boats in the Phi-Phi Islands of Thailand Matt Atkin photographs long-tail boats in the Phi-Phi Islands of Thailand Matt Atkin photographs long-tail boats in the Phi-Phi Islands of Thailand

Matt Atkin photographs long-tail boats in the Phi-Phi Islands of Thailand Matt Atkin photographs long-tail boats in the Phi-Phi Islands of Thailand

These long-tailed boats in the Phi-Phi Islands are of Thailand were photographed by my Far-East based brother Matthew Atkin a little while ago. Lovely work once again Matt – thanks!

The boats are interesting with their proud bows, canoe-like form and brightly coloured cloth charms – I bet they go well – and because they are the predominant local form of transport on islands with few motor vehicles. So here we have wood-built craft carrying people and goods by sea, and for me at least it’s a powerful reminder of a time in our own islands in the UK that we can only read about in the history books.

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