Thai people strongly follow their beliefs. One of the first things we were warned on LOB trip was to stay away from the front end of the boat. This part is considered sacred and you will always see some flowers decorating this area as well as Thai flag. To be respectful to their beliefs, none of the guests in LOB trip got closer than where I took this picture.
Its has been a local custom (especially applies to fisherman) that when you have a whole fish for a meal, you DO NOT flip the fish over when you are done with one side. Instead you take off the fish bone and continue with the other side. It was believe that by flipping the fish over means "dead fish" thus not very good for business. Who wants to buy a dead fish???
When we first got on the boat, we were strongly advised not to go to the hong of the boat (the front deck) as the locals regard it as a sacred. Try not to hang around that place if you can.
Its has become a local Thai customs to fire up a fire cracker before they head for the sea. According to the captian, it is a form of offering/prayer for protection while they are out there.