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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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  • Interesting town not only because it's built on stilts, but because it's entirely muslim. I went during low tide, and it was cool watching the mudskipper fish. 
  • Floating village on stilts so-called marine Qigang. There were passing through 11 trip to the Islands. Had dinner at a local dining room is quite tolerable. Bought the wife a Pearl Necklace and bracelet for 1000 baht. Although initially load 3500-bargain. Both managed to buy don't know-there was no time. Quick photographs from around the island, dined and through 15 minutes started. Were with child (white hair). Passing by the local school children plastered the 4 year old daughter-she liked them very much and fotalis' with it. Travel on 11 Islands believe mandatory to visit Phuket for the first time.
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  • Panyi Village is a floating Muslim village near the James Bond Island with its famous Floating Football Ground. It is accesible by small boats only. I found it to be more of a tourist trap. The villag...  more »