Koh Panyee – A Village On Stilts

Alley, Koh Panyee, Thailand

Separated from the waters below only by wooden stilts, the fishing village of Koh Panyee in Thailand is one of those places that almost makes you believe in miracles. It simply shouldn’t be there, why doesn’t it just float away? And yet it’s home to over 1500 people. An absolute marvel to explore, I’ve never seen anything like it.

I couldn’t resist taking some shots of the narrow alleyways that sit almost impossibly between the buildings. This is one of many, and probably the least scary of the lot! Unfortunately we didn’t have time to wander down any of these as the tour we were on moved through fairly quickly. But there was something incredibly intriguing about Koh Panyee that means I’ll have to return one day.

Have you ever visited a town on stilts?! Or a place that almost defies belief with its location? I’d love to hear from you!

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7 thoughts on “Koh Panyee – A Village On Stilts

  1. Hayley

    This look amazing Ben! Did you know that historians believe there were villages on stilts not far from where you guys are on Lake Geneva? They recovered the stilts just off from Eaux Vives a couple of years ago. It’s not supposed to be the only on either – you wouldn’t have thought they could survive La Bise!!

    1. Ben Post author

      Wow that’s incredible! I had no idea. I’m just reading that they think people were living there on stilts up to 3000 years ago! I also didn’t know that the terrific wind coming off the lake was called la bise. Useful to have a name for it since it is such a part of life here in Geneva. Thanks for the education 🙂

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Sreejith. I always think there must be so many incredible stories in a place like this. It’s a shame most of them will never be told!


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