In the Phang Nga Bay province of southern Thailand is the incredible floating hamlet of Koh Panyi. A small man-made island, Koh Panyi in reality has no spec of land. It is strategically built up by the southern end of the picturesque colossal limestone rock amidst the Andaman Sea, where the water is shallower. All the houses of the village of around are linked with each other by stilt. Although the main occupation of the people of Koh Panyi is fishing, the growing number of tourists has also made them open souvenir shops and restaurants in the island.
Eat, Sleep, And Pray On The Floating Island
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As you reach Koh Panyi floating village on a long-tail boat, you will not remember it is a floating island. You will be amazed at the exhibition of human inventiveness when you get the sounds of the waves splashing against the stilts. During low tides, the muddy soil is exposed to some extent, which is when the inhabitants of the floating village complete any repairs that might be needed. Food here is scrumptious, and Thai sunsets are even more beautiful from this floating hamlet.
Story Of The Floating Soccer Field
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Staying in a floating island has certain problems and limitations, under which playing football could feature among one of the last things you could think of doing. Yet, the children of Koh Panyi built a a football pitch. They collected old scraps and fishing rafts and made it. Their sole inspiration was the FIFA World Cup of 1986. They soon made it to the semi-finals in an island tournament, and since then the village started taking the sport seriously. Although, the wooden pitch still remains for the love and memory, Koh Panyi then built a new-fangled floating soccer field. Today, Koh Panyi is surprisingly known for its exceptional soccer team. It might sound ironical, but even with the lack of land, the soccer team of Koh Panyi have gone on to become such a brilliant team that there was also a short film made on them.
You could also take a helicopter ride to get yourself a glimpse of the aerial view of this stupendous human ingenuity of Koh Panyi.