Panyi Village is sizable community along the edges of the Andaman Sea near the town of Phang Nga. A stop here is well worthwhile to see and experience to some extent the daily life of these villagers. Some of the village is built on wooden supports above the water – other homes are supported by reinforced concrete pillars. A walk here is an experience in senses – smells, tastes and exotic surroundings. Wooden walkways are surrounded by tiny homes – shops line many parts of the village selling Thai souvenirs as well as a variety of fish – both dried and fresh.
A beautiful mosque sits at the base of one of the impressive limestone karsts that dominate parts of the horizon in this part of Thailand.
Nearby Khao Tapu or otherwise known as the “James Bond Island” attracts mass tourism – when we visited today, crowds of visitors from around the world had descended on this small island – all jostling for the same photographs taken by thousands of visitors prior. Small caves and great views are highlights of a stop here.
Wat Suwan Kuha Temple otherwise known as the “reclining Buddha temple” contains a giant Buddha relaxing in a horizontal position inside a small cave. Fresh water dripping from the ceiling is held within a concrete container; this cool water is a welcome relief on a hot humid day. Monkeys run around outside sitting on the heads of tourists and eating food fed to them by hand.