Fish Traps of Koh Lipe, Thailand

While on my adventure of living on five continents since 2014, I left Cape Town in April, 2017 to fly to Bangkok, arriving in SE Asia for my first trip this far East.   I joined some friends to explore Cambodia and attend an Ancient Archeology Conference in the Philippines. In May, I met up with some professional speaker friends on the “Together We Can Change the World Tour” to volunteer in Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand for several weeks.  Once my friends had all headed home, I stayed on in Northern Thailand, mainly living in Chaing Mai and Pai, with a bit of travel up north to Myanmar and the Golden Triangle at Laos.

After three months, I had to leave the country as my Visa was expiring.  So I flew from Chiang Mai to Hat Yai in the southern part of the country to either go straight to Malaysia or explore the south for a week before having to leave Thailand.  I was guided to Koh Lipe so took a 90 minute fast boat over the rough Strait of Malacca. Once on the island, I was so glad I had a week left on my Visa as it was such a lovely place to relax, snorkel and explore.

I was fascinated by the local men who made the Long Tail Boats and Fish Traps by hand. I found myself hanging around, watching them and soon realized I would be seeing a trap created from inception to completion so decided to make this video.

The Sea Gypsies of Koh Lipe, Thailand are so kind and full of JOY. These local people gave permission to be videoed and photographed as they worked over several day creating these strong Fish Traps of bamboo, cord and wire. It was fascinating to watch them make the ‘chain-link’ sides all around the bamboo frame on the island’s beautiful Sunset Beach.

You can see by their video how much they seem to enJOY their work. The large trap being worked on in this video took about four days to complete. Once done, it was loaded onto a locally made Long Tail Boat in the evening to be taken out to sea early the next morning. A week or so later, a group of fishermen in several boats will pull up the trap, open the hinged door, dump the contents into one of the boats and return to Koh Lipe with between 100 to 150 kilograms of fresh fish to sell to the local restaurants and residents.

It was so wonderful to watch this ancient craft being passed on from generation to generation. Sadly, none of the men has access to the internet, so they probably won’t get to see this finished video to realize how much their craftsmanship is appreciated. They spoke a local dialect and only a small amount of English so much laughter and many smiles were exchanged as communication was attempted.  Koh Lipe is a fabulous island get-away at the southern tip of Thailand.

***Photographs and Video taken and compiled by Adele Good, Founder of All Good International.   Adele is a Professional Speaker (currently on sabbatical), Transformational Coach, does Energy Healing and loves Adventure Travel. She has been exploring ancient healing processes and hidden sites all over the world for decades. Adele left the USA in 2014 to travel full time and since then, has traveled and lived all over Europe, S. America, Mexico, S. Africa and now SE Asia.   Questions – contact her at Adele@AdeleGood.com

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