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Koh Panyi, Phuket

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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 males and females in the mornings. Due to the informal nature of this education, many of the male children 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.The village includes a floating football pitch. Inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup, children built the pitch from old scraps of wood and fishing rafts. After making it to the Semi-final on an inland tournament, all the village were inspired to take up the sport. They built a brand new pitch, although the wooden one still remains and is popular among tourists. As of 2011, Panyee FC is one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand, and the boys who built the pitch back in 1986 are now grown men. A 2011 brand campaign for TMB Bank includes a short film that tells the team's story. The film is based on interviews with the original team, and it stars local children rebuilding the field on location.
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  • We were in the course of a tour with James bind Iceland and the caves of Hong Iceland here. The place is interesting to see how everything on stilts is. Otherwise but actually not recommended. We were done once and have then in the huge restaurant/dining room liked food. We spent the 45 minutes stay at the pier on the boat waiting. Reason: The island is otherwise awful. Tourists - particularly legions of Chinese and Russians - are channelled through here and the village consists almost only of souvenir stalls! Everyone wants to sell one any junk. Awful! Even the school is marketed here as the attraction! I would never again here, but it was just me interesting to see.
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  • In the middle of the waters to the horizon. And no, an oasis in the form of islands floating appears in the middle of the waters. A true small town, with a mosque schools, football field... AMAZING!
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  • we went to this place for lunch as it was included in the jamesbond tour, Indians going for lunch here dont have choices the food was not at all good we just ate pineapples served there, i dont know a...  read more »
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