Koh Panyee, Phang-Nga
A village in Phang Nga Bay
Koh Panyee is not an island in the true sense of the word. To be more precise, we can say that it is a Muslim village, on stilts leaning against a huge rock and which can only be accessed by boat.
In the photo on the right, you can clearly see and understand the layout of this very special little village.
In Koh Panyee, you don't go there to swim or to bask in the sun, but to visit the people who live there all year round, with their tourist restaurants, their mosque, their school, and their many shops.
Walking through the alleys (once made of wood, nowadays more and more of concrete), one can discover the life of the village with its traditional side.
Infants sleeping peacefully, children at school, "old people" having their nap, women cleaning and preparing fish for the evening meal...
The village of "Koh Panyee" is located in the northern part of Phang Nga Bay and to get there, there is only one solution: the boat.
You can take a boat from Phuket (Chalong, Bang Rong Pier, Ao Po etc...) or do as we did: by car, leave Phuket, cross the Sarasin bridge and drive a few kilometres to reach small local organizations, often family owned.
This is what we did for the trip I am presenting here...
A very pleasant road
Once we cross the Sarasin bridge, we are back in nature with different panoramas from one place to another.
No more crazy traffic in Phuket in this high season, and we just have to enjoy the beautiful views.
On arrival in Phang Nga Town, we turn right, eastwards, towards Krabi... but our meeting point is already not far away.
The hardest part of this "expedition" is crossing Phuket from south to north... once you cross the Sarasin Bridge, there are only 25km to go.
We decided to go to the Kalai area... and more precisely to Koh Klang Pier.
A few longtail boats are waiting for you and are always ready to take you wherever you want in this beautiful bay of Phang Nga.
Of course, on arrival, several tours are offered: you can choose different packages: Koh Panye + James Bond Island + some wineries etc...
This time we were determined to visit only Koh Panyee...
We left Koh Klang Pier at 9:30 and arrived at Koh Panyee 40 minutes later. Our goal was to spend as little time as possible on the boat, hence the location we chose for our departure... as we had planned to visit other places in the area...
Koh Klang Pier
Welcome to Koh Panyee
The School in Koh Panyee
The Village, the shops...
The village of Koh Panyee is a Muslim fishing village built entirely on stilts, in the sea, but against a small island and dominated by a huge rock where, among other things, the mosque is located.
There are about 400 to 500 houses built, with a population of about 2000 people (?), very close together, and the alleys, which used to be made of wooden slats, have been redone in concrete allowing the people of the village to circulate (on foot) but also the numerous tourists to visit all the corners of the village.
That's the passion!
He... spends his time creating fishes, flowers and other glass objects... the torch works non-stop and his creations are quite impressive.
A quick hello to my friends Christine and Olivier who were my fellow travellers today.
After this little trip to Koh Panyee, we reach Samet Nangshe Boutique located a few minutes from the Koh Klang pier... which I invite you to discover by clicking on the following link: