Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Koh Hae...Coral Island!

Welcome everyone to the Southern part of Thailand, Phuket Island...we will travel today one hour by Long Tail Boat, acrossing Andaman Sea to Koh Hae...or in English, Coral Island...Koh Hae is a small island situated 9 km southeast of Phuket. It stretches 3 km from east to west but is only 800 metres from north to south. Apart from a fisherman's village, much of the island is clad in jungle, and has not changed much for decades.
Nevertheless, Koh Hae is a popular day trip for visitors to Phuket, because of its lovely coral reef. For that reason, Koh Hae is often called Coral Island.
The island has two stretches of long, white sandy beaches which are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Among the tourist activities available at Koh Hae is the Underwater Seawalker, a sort of helmet that allows visitors to walk underwater.

The long-tail boat is a type of watercraft native to Southeast Asia, which uses a common automotive engine as a readily available and maintainable powerplant. A craft designed to carry passengers on a river may include a lightweight long canoe hull, up to 30 meters, and a canopy. There is much variation among these boats, and in rural areas they may be improvised from bamboo and traditional materials—the sole defining characteristic is a secondhand car or truck engine.
This engine is invariably mounted on an inboard turret-like pole which can rotate through 180 degrees, allowing steering by thrust vectoring. The propeller is mounted directly on the driveshaft with no additional gearing or transmission. Usually the engine also swivels up and down to provide a "neutral gear" where the propeller does not contact the water. The driveshaft must be extended by several meters of metal rod to properly position the propeller, giving the boat its name and distinct appearance.

Advantages to the inboard engine with a long driveshaft include keeping the engine relatively dry. Following the basic design pattern allows a variety of engines to be attached to a variety of different kinds of hulls. This flexibility simplifies construction and maintenance while sacrificing the efficiency and comfort that might be expected of a typical mass-produced product.
Cooling to the engine is provided by a shaped metal pipe strewn underneath the rear running board which is used as a rudimentary heat-exchanger. This is then coupled to the engine using rubber or plastic hoses. Clean water is then used as the coolant.
Control is achieved by moving the engine with a lever stick attached to the inboard side. Ignition and throttle controls provide simple means to control this simple craft. Larger boats may include more than one "tail," with several operators piloting in tandem.


OZYOSO said...

Qué lugar más espectacular!

Podriai de repente, pa complementar, hacer un videito con la camara digital. Sería un hit!

Saludos por allá!


★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Gracias Don Nacho...justamente estabamos hablando eso hace unos minutos atrás con Subongkot... estoy pensando en comprarme una video camara y empezar a probar nuevos formatos en Compass... estoy viendo si eso, o invertir la plata en una Nikon D90 con un par de Lentes Nikor...will see

Saludos en tu familia

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

ps: puedes escuchar la musica de este blog sin problemas en tu computador?

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

ps: the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo di Caprio was filmed in 2000 here, near to Phuket in Phi Phi Islands...


Suruyevsky. said...

Soothing sea and island.
Also, cloudy day: the best one.
Greetings to you and Amy.-

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

just Awesome Mr. Suruyevsky...funny but this is the "Andaman Sea", and it feels different...the energy is different there.
Couple of years ago, this place was affected for the Tsunami as well. Now everything is back to normal but people still scare...

Greetings in Mandriland

Seba and Subongkot

gabriela said...

Hi Crazy Drile

Weeeenaaaa!!!! Que entretenido el capítulo, con super lindas fotos y la mejor es donde sales como saltando, genial al compás de la música.

Que hermoso es Phuket. Coral Island tiene un encanto especial. Que lindo y transparente el mar. Tiene mucha vida esta capitulo, con música linda y bellas fotos.


Cheers and kisses

Franchesca said...

¡Hola Seba!qué tal? mucho tiempo sin pasar por el blog.Estoy un poco vaga, de vacaciones casi dos meses.Muchos recuerdos para tí y Ami.Preciosas las fotos.Un encanto de lugar.Un abrazo.Franchesca

subongkot said...

hello crazy drile

i love the music .... beautiful chapter with a lot of fun..

Beautiful Banana Island ..

you look very happy ..

kiss for you