The ubiquitous long tail boat is found wherever there is water in southern Thailand. The current version with the motor mounted on the back is just the latest modification on this ancient but quite seaworthy craft.
The one serious disadvantage of the long tail is the almost complete lack of safety equipment such as life jackets. Long tails are not advisable while travelling with small children or non-swimmers.
Rental prices average:
1 hour 1000 THB
Laem Singh Beach (1 way) 600 THB
Surin Beach (1 way) 1000 THB
Patong Beach (1 way) 1000 THB
These are average prices, they often want to make a deal with the customer pending on how many persons you are, if they shall wait for you, pick you up later or else.