Koh Panyee houses around 1600 residents of 360 families, who live on this island permanently. All residents are direct or indirect descendants of TohBaboo and his family as well as friends. These people are the very first to settle down on this island community way back 200 years now. To get here without any fuss, simply arrange it with your chosen yacht rental Phuket and they will add it to your itinerary.
Island of the Flag
This is the translation for Koh Panyee or Ko Panyi as some others spell it. This moniker came from the interesting story of 3 Indonesian families. TohBaboo and 2 more families left Indonesia by boat so they can find a new home. Each boat promised to search for a place with abundant fish and enough space to house all three families. As a sign that they’ve found such a place, they were to raise a flag at the highest possible on the mountain near it. Toh Badoo honored this promise, thus the name it is now very famous for.
What to Expect
This village is “floating” because it is composed of large and vertical limestone cliffs, that became the foundation of the shacks, huts, houses and restaurants connected and build on stilts. The informal engineering employed in the building of this community is astounding, to say the least.
Moreover, the youth serve as guides to tourists visiting this place. Since they are isolated, this community is proud that they are self-sustaining in terms of their electricity, Internet connection as well as water supply. What’s more, the locals are environmentally conscious so their school has a recycling program in place. Funds from the sale of collected cans and bottles go to the school. Hydroponics is also done to educate the students to grow vegetables.
FYI, this community is Muslim so make sure that your female companions are not wearing tank tops and shorts or short skirts. Basically, you can wear anything that does not show too much skin.
Visiting Koh Panyee gives an interesting insight into how this village is creating and sustained by its residents. Visit this place by arranging it beforehand with your trusted yacht rental Phuket services. Contact us today for consultations or booking.
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