Situated about 20 minutes by a boat trip from Surakul pier in Phang Nga province, Koh Panyee is a small island, less than 400 m long, and there is not really any flat land. Instead, over the last 200 years since the village was founded, a community has built up over the shallow waters to the south of the limestone cliff that makes up Panyee island.
The hundreds of shacks, huts, restaurants and houses where the villagers live are built on stilts over the surrounding shallow sea.
This is one of the main attractions on tours of Phang Nga with the increasing number of tourists, a number of seafood restaurants are present on the island, as well as various stalls selling souvenirs. Koh Panyee is really a complete village with police station, a school, a tiny health center and of course the mosque.
Living space is amazingly scarce but people are obviously used to it. Koh Panyee is full of life, colors, lights and smells, offering plenty of photographic opportunities.