Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village), Krabi Town

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Ko Panyi is a fishing village in Phang Nga Province, Thailand, notable for being built on stilts by Indonesian fishermen. The population consists of 360 families or 1,685 people descended from 2 seafaring Muslim families from Java.HistoryThe settlement at Ko Panyi was established at the end of the 18th century by nomadic Malay fisherman. Ko Panyi is known as Pulau Panji in Malay language. It was during this time that the law limited land ownership solely to people of Thai national origins, and due to this fact the settlement was, for the most part, built on stilts within the protection of the island's bay, providing easy access for the life of a fisherman. With the increase of wealth for the community, due to the growing tourism industry within Thailand, purchase of land on the island itself became a possibility, and the first structures of relevance were built; a mosque and a freshwater well.Village lifeThe village has a Muslim school which is attended by both girls and boys in the mornings. Due to the informal nature of this education, many of the boys attend schools further afield in Phang Nga or in Phuket. Further emigration from the village is encouraged as the size of the settlement is restricted by dangerous water conditions in the rainy season.A mosque based on the island adjacent to the settlement serves the predominantly Muslim population and is a focal point and meeting place for the community. A market stocked with goods from the mainland sells basic amenities such as medicine, clothes and toiletries.Despite the recent rise in tourism, life in Ko Panyi is still primarily based around the fishing industry as tourists only visit in significant numbers during the dry season.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Stayed in the framework of excursions on the islands of aneksa, in this village, we had lunch at a restaurant on the water, and on the village didn't go I was vacationing in Phuket, when our plane landed, it was obvious this village, cool! Lunch was without frills rice, fish, soup, salad, fruit, but all fresh and very tasty, it was felt, that cooked with soul! All neat and clean, beautiful skaterti, generally comfortable, liked it! left the place satisfied!
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  • August 17, 2017
    We stopped here on our tour of islands for lunch. The food was decent. We had an hour there but most of us were ready to go after we ate lunch.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    A village with a church built afloat. Dined in this village in the restaurant kitchen is wonderful, but it is necessary cautiously. Many dishes for our stomach will not fit.
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