Koh Panyee, Thailand | fishing community living on water [S+M]

Floating Urbanisation

Created at: 12 Feb 2017


Koh Panyee is a small island, less than 400m 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 / rock that makes up Panyee island. At low tide the waters are shallow enough to stand in, or disappear completely which aid in building these houses, all supported on a network of stilts.

Fishing was the main trade here, and is still important, but tourism is now well and truly established.

The village has gained extra popularity with it's floating football pitch and the local team 'Panyee FC' (see short film TMB).

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