Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village)

Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village)

Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village)
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daltonblue
Dalton-in-Furness, UK536 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We came to here as part of a boat trip and it certainly isn't somewhere I would recommend going out of your way to see.
We had a meal at the floating restaurant and ate fish caught that morning and kept in a net at the back of the boat ready to be picked out, killed and cooked. You just can't beat that chopping sound prior to eating.
Onto the village itself it's a dilapidated market where you get pestered by locals trying to sell you things that will go in a cupboard back home and then be forgotten about before you throw it out in a couple of years.
A trip to the village school, I genuinely don't know how that happened but the walk through the market took you to it and the school fundraisers were on hand to take your money.
Back to the market and onto the mosque. Muslims only in there though. Its a grand building, where like with other religions ,if they used their money on their people instead of ornate buildings, it might get them out of poverty.
One last thing to see, a floating football pitch with no nets around it. Whoever kicks it out goes into the water to get it.
Written 29 January 2024
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Joerg H
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nice online pictures however shocking to see this impoverished village which is surrounded by beautiful & amazing mangrove forests and outstanding landscape. Waste is spilled in the water.
Written 16 January 2024
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Paulo M
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
A must see if you're in the area. A village that is notable by being built on top of stilts by fishermen moved from Indonesia's island Java. Now love there around 1600 people, 360 families descendents of two Muslim families. Remember to dress accordingly.
Written 12 January 2024
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Melanie C
Edenbridge, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
3 of us chartered a speed boat every thing was amazing UNTIL eating at ANDAMAN restaurant on Floating Muslim Village.

1. Greeted with a rather arrogant Muslim lady on a walk-in talkie shouting at her younger colleagues we ( the whole restaurant could her it was not relaxing at all.

2 Given ala carte menus not given buffet option ordered 5 dishes three drinks ( not allowed alcohol )

3 we had the boat an hour to wait there so we could eat and explore the floating village.
You can’t they do not allow.

4. Three drinks came. We ordered 5 ( ala carte dishes 1 came after 40 minutes after asking the “ walkie talkie women screaming on her phone where is the food she scream not apologises .disappears gor 10 minutes , I thought she would be in the kitchen hurrying them along. The 1st dish was clearly scooped up from the buffet to keep us content.

5 I asked crew if should could advise the woman how upset we were waiting .. now 55 minutes and receiving 1 dish -and 3 drips
Quickly the inedible and quite disgusting soup came up.

Feeling sorry for a young crew member who was translating at first out patience now ifury in arrogance and god dam rudeness. Every Muslim person around us was fed and watered even people that arrived 40 minutes after.

6 I followed the young crew down , my 2 children knew I was frustrated and annoyed. They both said mum “just leave it”

I followed the young crew girl down the “walkie talkie women was laughing”

7. Advised I would only pay for what we had at 40 minutes of waiting (3 drinks and a dish) , she began to be very angry at this point kids at had be at se for 4 hours and still not eaten (crew very deeply embarrassed not there fault)
she brought over the bill.

8 THE FINAL INSULT, she brought over the bill and apparently corrected it which when the crew checked she crossed out doses but still asked us to pay.

9 I went up to pay and again couldn’t care less, most restaurants would write the bill of out embarrassment of failure

10. This is a complete tourist trap and should be avoided AT ALL TIMES.
Written 28 December 2023
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anastasiakemer
Cambridge, UK197 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This village is a cool place to see - it's amazing knowing that an entire community lives and works in this unique environment. When you step foot onto the floating island, you forget you're floating in the middle of the ocean; it feels as though you're walking on land. They even had a football pitch so the children could practice sports. It's clear that some of the community relies on tourism to support their families, so be prepared to see lots of souvenirs and lots of people trying to catch your attention as you walk by. They also sell a lot of dried fish products so this is a good spot to pick up any fish/seafood related products if you're interested. We ate at New Fern restaurant and the food was delicious!
Written 23 April 2023
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Jon C
Lincoln, UK20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We stopped here for lunch and a look around, as part of our trip to James bond island. The restaurant area was nice and clean, and the food was good. We had a wander around the school and market stalls. It was nice to say that we have seen it, but there isn’t a great deal to do when you’re there. Because the people rely on the tourist for income, the market stall holders were very pushy with their products.
Written 13 March 2023
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Phillip8789
Terrigal, Australia796 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Arrived here on a long boat trip to James Bond Island, primarily for lunch.

Certainly a unique destination, a village built on the Bay and after lunch several of us went for a walk along the “paths” leading through a small section of the village.

We received little recognition from the “locals”, but it was a fascinating walk through a very different environment.

The lunch was okay - the staff seemed to try very hard to accommodate us.

Would have to say that this Muslim community has been extraordinary, over quite a few years, in being able to adapt to this way of living.

Unique, interesting and rather stunning, actually.
Written 28 October 2022
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Joanne L
Los Angeles, CA37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
I think it was worth seeing the floating village at least once in your life. Yes, for the majority of residents living there, it's not an easy life and most of the homes are humble. They rely on the tourist industry, so the Covid pandemic has been hard on them, but the people are kind. I felt safe going as part of a tour group, but I would be careful going around, because the streets can be a bit confusing and maze-like.
Written 8 September 2022
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary4,843 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Floating village inhabited by local Malaysian muslims. Around 3000 people live here but most of the men are working so it seems less.

Food wasn't particularly good but it's nice to chill and enjoy the views.  Lots of stalls selling the usual tat.   The restaurant is halal

Super cool mosque on site too.  An enjoyable stop off along the ocean
Written 16 July 2022
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Jody S
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
I was looking for an authentic experience. The village is pretty much a tourist trap, and when you’re not distracted by the various curios, behind the stands is actually quite a sad state.

The restaurant I went to as well wasn’t great.
Written 11 June 2022
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