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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  • Stopped of for lunch as part of our full day excursion. Buffet style food which was very good. Had starters, main courses and desserts. Self service. Staff on hand if required. Had time to wonder arou...  more »
  • Did lunch there with my tour group on our island hopping trip. There is a big store which sells original pearl necklaces, souvenirs & most stuff you need on a sea trip. Loved meeting the big hearted b...  more »
  • Posted in James Island Tour, a visit to this village is very charming. Really nice the water village and is enjoyable to walk through the narrow alleys between the houses and stalls leading to picturesque school with a football field. Beautiful mosque. the piers of mooring boats give up numerous restaurants which usually provide lunch included in the excursion. The food is good. The arrival by boat is beautiful, really a beautiful landscape. Recommended!!!
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