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Phuket Snapshots: Rawai’s Sea Gypsy Village

Curving along the south-eastern tip of Phuket, the northern shore of Rawai beach is the home of sea gypsies known as Chao Lay. The sea is their life and livelihood.

Children splash and shriek floating on plastic ice box lids and pieces of broken board alongside long-tail boats anchored to the beach by long lines, bobbing lazily in turquoise waters.

Rickety wooden stalls hug the beach, facing stores and seafood restaurants across the dirt road dividing beachfront from village. Long strings of varying hued pearls dangle with displays of shell handicrafts blowing in the salty, fish-scented breeze.

A rainbow of freshly caught fish lie lifelessly on metal counters alongside plastic trays packed with shellfish on ice. Over-sized, water-filled tubs placed on the ground in front of stalls crawl with live crabs and crayfish.

Locals and tourists browse and buy seafood then cross the road to one of the open-fronted restaurants where, for a small fee, the kitchen serves it up in the dish of choice.

Check out my post Phuket Snapshots: Rawai Beach and Local Life at Rawai Beach on the informative Jamie’s Phuket Blog.

Also, read the eye-opening article Tourism imperils way of life for Thai sea gypsies to learn about the plight of the Chao Lay.

Children playing in the sea at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Sea Gypsy children playing in the sea

Children playing in the sea at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Sea Gypsy children playing in the sea with ice box lids and pieces of broken board

Beachside vegetable stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside vegetable stall

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside fish stall

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Close up of colorful fish

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Another fish close up

Litle girl's feet show size of giant lobster at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

A little girl’s feet show the size of lobster swimming in a tub at a seafood stall

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Array of fish at a beachside stall

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Close up

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Freshly caught fish on ice

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

More fish

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside shellfish stall. Prices are in Thai baht per kilo

Children playing at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Children playing behind the stalls

Beachside seafood stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside shellfish stall

Beachside seafood stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Close up

Fish trap on the beach at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Fish trap on the beach

Old house at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Old house near the Sea Gypsy village

Long-tail boats moored off the beach at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Long-tail boats (“ruea hang yao” in Thai) moored off the beach

Dead puffer fish stabbed on long-tail boat engine shaft on the beach near the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Dead puffer fish stabbed on the shaft of a long-tail boat engine

Close up of dead puffer fish stabbed on long tail boat engine shaft on the beach near the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Close up of dead puffer fish

Beachside shrine at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside shrine under a tree. Offerings include bottles of red Fanta soda and a model ship to protect the fishermen

Long-tail boats moored off the beach at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Long-tail boats moored off the beach

Fish traps by the beach & long tail boats moored offshore at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Fish traps by the beach

Beached long-tail boats & sleeping fisherman near the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Sleeping fisherman next to beached long-tail boats

Long-tail boats moored off the beach at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Long-tail boats moored off the beach and children playing in the water


Penang Snapshots: George Town’s Clan Jetties

Traditional houses crammed together on a series of jetties linked by wooden walkways perch on stilts over the sea. These are George Town’s Clan Jetties.

Built in the 19th century, communities of fishermen, traders and dock workers still live with their families on these austere clan jetties along the shores of historic George Town in Penang, Malaysia.

A few hours exploring by foot along George Town’s clan jetties was one of the highlights of my short trip to Penang. I love waterside living and these simple homes appealed to me. Each clan jetty is unique in character, some more rustic and unkempt than others.

Here’s a series of some of my images captured that afternoon. Check out my earlier post Penang Snapshots: Historic George Town Scenes.

Chew Jetty

A gaudy Chinese temple dominates the entrance to the workmanlike Chew Jetty. Bathed in bright sunlight blue boats moored along the boardwalk, rock lazily on the tide.

Chinese lanterns, bamboo birdcages and handmade fish traps hang outside humble homes, cozy stores and simple eateries. Laundry hangs drying under eaves, bicycles lean against walls and motorbikes stand among the clutter of everyday living. Fragrant incense glows at the seaward tip of the jetty in a Chinese shrine with a sea view.

Jetty home and rocking chairs, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Jetty home and rocking chairs, Chew Jetty

Boats, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Boats at Chew Jetty

Jetty home with hanging bird cages and Chinese shrine, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Jetty home with hanging bird cages and Chinese shrine, Chew Jetty

Jetty home, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Chew Jetty home

View from Chinese temple at end of jetty, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

View from Chinese temple at end of Chew Jetty

Outside kitchen at end of jetty, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Outside kitchen at end of Chew Jetty

Fish traps hanging outside jetty home, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Fish traps hanging outside jetty home, Chew Jetty

Boats at end of jetty, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Boats at end of Chew Jetty

Boats, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Boats at Chew Jetty

Boats, Chew Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Boats at Chew Jetty

Nameless Jetty

The most basic jetty I walked along had no name at the entrance. I ended up staying a while, prisoner of a sudden storm.

Luckily I found a broken plastic chair to sit on under an open-sided shelter full of fishing nets, my view misted by stinging rain; a ramshackle jetty village perched on stilts over a low tide stream clogged with tangles of broken logs, like skeletal remains emerging from the dark, stinking mud.

Jetty home, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Jetty home

View of next jetty at low tide during storm, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

View of next jetty at low tide during a storm

View of next jetty at low tide during storm with fishing nets hanging in foreground, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

View of next jetty at low tide during a storm with fishing nets hanging in foreground

Sunken boat at end of jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Sunken boat at end of jetty

View of next jetty during storm, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

View of next jetty during a storm

View of next jetty with boat in foreground, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

View of next jetty

Lee Jetty

As the rain subsided, I continued to the neater, homier Lee Jetty. A small Chinese shrine protects the entrance leading to an avenue of crimson Chinese lanterns, green wheelie bins, street lights and gaudily painted door and window frames with matching metal fences outside.

A muddle of antennas, cables and satellite dishes hang overhead. Offerings lay at simple Chinese shrines guarding each house. Bundles of incense glow in sacred pots placed on the boardwalk end, facing seaward towards the city skyline and a yellow jetty temple across the water.

Jetty homes with hanging Chinese lanterns, Lee Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Jetty homes with hanging Chinese lanterns

Jetty home with hanging Chinese lantern and view of water, boats and city skyline, Lee Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Jetty home with hanging Chinese lantern and view of water, boats and city skyline

Chinese offerings and flag at end of jetty with view of Chinese temple on next jetty, Lee Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Chinese offerings and flag at end of jetty with view of Chinese temple on next jetty

Jetty homes with hanging Chinese lanterns, Lee Jetty, Clan Jetties, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Jetty homes with hanging Chinese lanterns

More exploring at George Town’s Clan Jetties awaits me next time I visit Penang!