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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


Krabi Town Morning Market: A Typical Thai Talad

Markets all over the world lure me with their vibrant color and local life, each country with its unique specialties and variations. Exotic fruits, nameless vegetables and unknown produce nudging the familiar are a pictorial feast for the eyes begging to be photographed. A mix of flower fragrance and cooking aromas mingle with fish and other less appealing odors in the air.

I remember markets blasting every sense. Sadly, for me, severe concussion from a horse riding accident years ago left me with little sense of smell except the odd whiff snatched occasionally. Like a constant cold blocking the nose, but without the breathing problems! It saves me from the stench but deprives me of the fragrant in life.

Thai markets, known as talad, don’t disappoint although I know I’m not getting the full experience of sensory overload. A few months ago while staying in Krabi town on the coast of southern Thailand, I visited the morning market with a friend. There was so much to see we ended up spending a few hours wandering around buying fruit and taking photos. Here are just some of my images from that day at the market.

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Look neang, morning market, Krabi town, Krabi, Thailand Selling vegetables, morning market, Krabi town, Krabi, Thailand Orchids, morning market, Krabi town, Krabi, Thailand Incense stall, morning market, Krabi town, Krabi, Thailand Orchid & marigold bunches & temple offerings, morning market, Krabi town, Krabi, Thailand Selling jasmine & marigold garlands, morning market, Krabi town, Krabi, Thailand Selling jasmine & marigold garlands, morning market, Krabi town, Krabi, Thailand