Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village)

Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village)

Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village)
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Phillip8789
Terrigal, Australia830 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Arrived here on a long boat trip to James Bond Island, primarily for lunch.

Certainly a unique destination, a village built on the Bay and after lunch several of us went for a walk along the “paths” leading through a small section of the village.

We received little recognition from the “locals”, but it was a fascinating walk through a very different environment.

The lunch was okay - the staff seemed to try very hard to accommodate us.

Would have to say that this Muslim community has been extraordinary, over quite a few years, in being able to adapt to this way of living.

Unique, interesting and rather stunning, actually.
Written October 28, 2022
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Jon C
Lincoln, UK20 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We stopped here for lunch and a look around, as part of our trip to James bond island. The restaurant area was nice and clean, and the food was good. We had a wander around the school and market stalls. It was nice to say that we have seen it, but there isn’t a great deal to do when you’re there. Because the people rely on the tourist for income, the market stall holders were very pushy with their products.
Written March 13, 2023
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anastasiakemer
Cambridge, UK126 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This village is a cool place to see - it's amazing knowing that an entire community lives and works in this unique environment. When you step foot onto the floating island, you forget you're floating in the middle of the ocean; it feels as though you're walking on land. They even had a football pitch so the children could practice sports. It's clear that some of the community relies on tourism to support their families, so be prepared to see lots of souvenirs and lots of people trying to catch your attention as you walk by. They also sell a lot of dried fish products so this is a good spot to pick up any fish/seafood related products if you're interested. We ate at New Fern restaurant and the food was delicious!
Written April 23, 2023
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary3,353 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
Floating village inhabited by local Malaysian muslims. Around 3000 people live here but most of the men are working so it seems less.

Food wasn't particularly good but it's nice to chill and enjoy the views.  Lots of stalls selling the usual tat.   The restaurant is halal

Super cool mosque on site too.  An enjoyable stop off along the ocean
Written July 16, 2022
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A O
5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were brought there for lunch included to our boat tour to the islands around Phuket. Sunny SeaFood Restaurant (if you can call it restaurant)provided us with meal. After lunch we were given some time to explore the village by ourselves. Front side of the village looks cool, which you can notice even while you are in the boat and from harbor. But don't go further inside the floating village to the side where local peopie live. It's not about Local people, they are absolutely friendly, but mostly don't speak any English. Main concerns are caused by destroyed, and falling apart structures in mix with terrible smell of all kinds of waste, what surely won't make your day the best. If you are in this island somehow, better stay at front side and wait until your bout is leaving. Don’t destroy amazing impressions you are getting during the day by these small sad thing.
Written January 23, 2020
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Jody S
8 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
I was looking for an authentic experience. The village is pretty much a tourist trap, and when you’re not distracted by the various curios, behind the stands is actually quite a sad state.

The restaurant I went to as well wasn’t great.
Written June 11, 2022
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GoldCoastTezza
Gold Coast, Australia93 contributions
I have been to the floating Muslim village 4 times over the past 10 years with various tours. The whole village with an exception of the mosque is built over the water. A main pier runs the length of the village that connects it to the island and smaller piers connect to the main one.

The village has grown substantially over this time and what was once a small fishing village that existed almost entirely on fishing now plays host to the throngs of tourists from all over the world. Tourism now makes up 80 percent of the islands income.

The hordes of tourist boats come and go in a constant procession and with a host of new over the water seafood restaurants one can find it hard to imagine that this village was once a very poor fishing village.

Outside of the restaurants there is not much to see. The markets that cram the crowded walkways are overpriced and cater for the tourist who mainly wants to buy shells, t-shirts, postcards and all the other dust accumulating memorabilia.

When the tide is out you see the garbage underneath the piers in the mud below. If this is not enough to turn you off your crayfish the smell certainly will.

Many tour companies include this place in their package of must see attractions. In my opinion there are far better places to visit in this region.
Written January 10, 2008
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Carlos A
Sydney18 contributions
This village was part of a day trip that we had organized to see the James Bond Island and I really could have skipped the whole thing.

You feel like a pack of tourist sheep as you are herded off the long boats with all the other hoards who have probably been suckered into this as well.

The whole experience leaves you cold. The food is awful, it's rationed out (4 plates for a table of 8 people) and drinks cost extra. Half the village is crammed with shops full of cheap t shirts and all manner of tourist junk that is thrust at you as you shamble along in the steaming heat with other sweaty unfortunates.

You feel like you are viewed like a walking wallet ripe for the picking. Everything is overpriced and the locals don't even attempt to hide the fact that they are only interested in taking your money. They circle like smiling sharks and the moment you decline, the friendly veneer disappears to be replaced with cold stares and sneers.

A human zoo. Avoid.
Written March 4, 2012
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Glenn J
Sydney, Australia38 contributions
Nov 2019
We visited this place as part of a James Bond Island tour. We stopped for lunch and ate with our group. Fast forward 18 hours and my poor 10yo was sick with vomiting and diarrhoea, we do not believe that it was food poisoning but poor hygiene at the Fishing Village, he probably touched something them put his fingers in his mouth and whammo !. The place was dirty and smelly, all there is are rows and rows of locals selling trinkets at twice the price you can buy anywhere else. No interest in ever returning,
Written December 16, 2019
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Naseema M
Brisbane, Australia32 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
3 nights in Thai unique floating village at this property is a great experience. Simple accomodation with breakfast included, the owner is a chef and makes the most amazing dinner. They organised my pickup from Phuket and brought me here with the greatest of ease. All tours were arranged through them to see the caves and six nearby islands.
Written October 25, 2019
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