The mention of Phuket brings to mind beautiful islands, sunny skies, and idyllic holidays in the sun but a visit to Koh Panyee will definitely enhance your image of this district of Thailand. Located in the Phang Nga Province, tourists must first make their way to the Surakul Pier and hire a long tail boat, which will finally take them to Koh Panyee. Such long tail boats can usually be rented for a period of three hours thus giving you ample time to explore this famous destination. For a glimpse into what to expect when visiting this idyllic village: read on!
The village has an intriguing history of roughly two hundred years which can be traced back to when the family and friends of Toh Baboo settled down in the area. Having left mainland Indonesia, this family found that the island was ideal for human habitation and raised a flag to indicate both ownership and to ensure that his friends who were journeying to discover a new place to live, too would find the island. This act of raising a flag gave the island its name Koh Panyee: the Island of the Flag.
Geographically, visitors to this island would first be amazed by its massive limestone structures that appear to touch the sky. These limestone cliffs also shelter the small bay in which the community has built their homes on stilts and provide protection from both strong currents and the sun. The village is compact in that there is nothing much to see but it is home to a few restaurants whose seafood meals are truly amazing and make a visit to Koh Panyee definitely worth it!
The village also caters to the tourist industry and a number of small bungalows can be rented by those who wish to stay back without returning to their Phuket resort and explore the island a little bit more. A number of souvenir shops sell unique Koh Panyee souvenirs that will only add to your collection of mementos. If you are staying at a Phuket Beach Resort and wish to make an excursion to Koh Panyee for the day, inquire from the reception for hotels such as the Anantara Phuket Resort Thailand would be happy to arrange the necessary travel details on your behalf and ensure a hassle free journey.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.