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Koh Panyi, 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 two seafaring Muslim families from Java.
The 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 fishers. 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.
The 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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  • We went here as part of a day trip. Some of the constructions were huteria and the water border had messed up streams. On the route through the village there were sales tables with a backdrop of villagers ' dwelling. Overall worth seeing!
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  • we had lunch break here on our island tour. Beautiful place. Nice view from the restaurant. Good food was arranged. Lot of shops are there in this island for souvenirs.  more »
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  • It's a floating shopping center. Whatever is nice can be seen from a distant boat. Wouldn't warrant a stop but trips tend to take lunch breaks here.
  • Fabulous. The beauty of this place is fantastic. U must experience this
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