Cruising the Ping River with the Chiang Mai’s unique boats seeing an old town heaven.
Scorpion Tailed boats
Since long Scorpion-Tailed boats were served as cargo boats sailing between the northern region and Bangkok. Almost a century that they disappeared from the river when the northern railway-route arrived at Chiang Mai.
Today they brought back to life to serve tourists cruising along the Ping River.
Scorpion Tailed boats in the old day
The origin of the Scorpion-tailed boat
Initially the first boats was built approximately in the 18th century by a local shipbuilder who get the idea from a boat-shaped coconut shell floating in the river with a scorpion on it.The scorpion’s instinct makes that it holds up its barbed tail all the time. So the original one was built following the sight of what he saw.
When the Scorpion-Tailed River Cruise begins.
And now the legend of a uniquely northern-style boat has been revived by Ms Songsri Wongvech, a tourism industry master graduate of Chiang Mai University, with the support of Mr Samak Laosatirawong. He re-built the small fleet that now giving the service to tourists cruising and exploring the charm of Chiang Mai along
the both sides of the Ping River.