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“Overrated”
Review of Koh Panyi

Koh Panyi
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Phang Nga Bay Day Tour and Canoe by Speedboat from Phuket
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Phang Nga Bay Island Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Lunch from Phuket
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

As many tourists, we had a lunch stop at Koh Pannyi during our trip to James Bond island. The lunch was O, though nothing special. The village itself seems to be very commercialised and the village itself is not readily accessible for tourist groups. This is understandable, though, as these people have to live out of something and fishing won’t bring enough money these days and then, nobody would be happy to have crowds of tourists gaping at their everyday life. As a part of excursion – lunch stop is OK.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

If you are committed to "touristy" sites then do not go to the Sea Gypsy Village. This is a small village with people trying to get by on what they know - fishing. The people are friendly but distant (as I would be too). We walked back into the village to see what life is like. We enjoyed it and found it to be interesting but it likely wasn't worth making the extra trip. Wear shoes that are closed toes. Women were sitting around shucking clams. Children were running and laughing among stray dogs and chickens. There were some great photo moments.

3  Thank dldarcy
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We came here as part of our day trip. It is essentially a floating housing area with restaurants, tourist shops a school and a mosque that is still under construction. Food here was great, and glad that it was not western style. You can take a walk through the shops and to the school but its the same tourist stuff as patong. We went for a walk to see part of the mosque, still under construction and they were dumping the waste directly into the water!

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

The island village here was interesting. Definitely not a place you'd find in Kansas. The famous YouTube video about the kid's soccer team from 1986 was probably the first place I'd heard of it. The kids built a scrap-heap floating pitch to play soccer, and went on to become local champions. Worth a look.

They have at least 3 different soccer pitches back there. 2 solid concrete fields at the school, and a newer floating pitch to entertain the tourists who know the story.

We had our lunch as part of a larger area tour detailed below. As packaged as the tour was, I was not expecting the lunch to be very good, but I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of food served in this nice restaurant.

Walking around after through the maze of dock sidewalks of this village on stilts was fascinating, and I wished we had more time to spend wandering. The people were friendly, though they all wanted to sell whatever it was they each sold. Only one lady pleading with us as she followed us into the maze to try to convince us that her pearls were real and that we needed them.

This was part of a packaged tour run by Rung Siam Adaman Group that we bought through a fantastic tour company in Ao Nang called August Ventures.

Our trip down here was very last-minute, and I didn't have time to plan anything, so the packaged tours were a great way for us to see as much as we could in the short few days we were down here at the beaches.

In total, the tour crammed an awful lot into a day. I'll summarize the island experience below, but the total package was all of these things:
-Van ride out to the docks from Ao Nang. Very nice van with only 8 of us and working A/C. Water provided.
-Stop at the docks to load up on a 48-person long tail boat.
-Boat trip out past Koh Panyee (this Floating Village) to an area where the locals take you by inflatable canoe among the limestone cliffs rising out of the water, and through caves into inner courtyards (this was optional. Those who didn't canoe stayed on the boat for a ride through the mangroves).
-Back on the long tails for the trip to James Bond Island for about 45 minutes.
-Back into the boat to go back here to Koh Panyee for a surprisingly good lunch, then left to your own devices to explore the village for the rest of the hour.
-Back in the boat to return to original docks.
-Back into the vans (same driver from the morning, all 48 of us in multiple vans from different areas).
-To the Monkey Cave or Temple for an hour.
-Back in the vans to the waterfalls for an hour or so of swimming and exploring the falls.

It really was a lot to do and pack into a single day.

On the one hand, I am torn because I only got a small period of time to see each place. But on the other, there's no way I would have seen even half of them without the knowledge these guys had in showing us all of these places. Our guide was a lot of fun and knew a lot.

The system seems like a convoluted mess at times, but it flowed very smoothly.

1  Thank James S
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

This place we visited as trip part of james bond island .food was average but not great. My only suggestion to people visiting this place is to bring your own bottle of water as taste of water is not fine. In fact i was not able to go beyond one sip.

1  Thank Dhruwa R
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