Thailand is definitely a Third World country where most people earn their livings humbly, perhaps on fishing boats or by selling handmade crafts.
Restaurant service is another area that employs many locals.
Shopping for scarves, clothing, and other souvenirs can be done at this Muslim village built on stilts.
The village is accessible by way of a longboat, which is like an extended canoe but roughly twice the width. Ours was covered to provide shade.
Longboats practically litter the shore in most tourist areas here, serving as taxis among the islands and taking people to remote beaches.
There are so many small, uninhabited islands that you're always able to have a deserted beach just to yourself. If a longboat should come by to drop off some tourists, it's an easy enough matter to simply pick up your things and dinghy over to another quiet beach.
Water sports are a big part of the charter program.
Options include Wave Runners, scuba diving (by rendezvous with a local company), and fishing from the yacht's tender.
If you decide to forgo watersports and fishing, other entertainment options await, include lounging at onshore resorts with Taipan III in the distance.
This Memorial Day, remember those who were lost serving our country on the high seas in the U.S. Navy aboard PT Boats. Recently we were invited out for a ride on the only operational combat-veteran PT Boat, PT 305 in New Orleans.
See what it was like here. ▶