Thailand’s ‘Nzulezu’ Koh Panyi: Where football is played on water

Koh Panyi is a small village located in the Phang Nga Province in Thailand, noted for its stilt nature. The small fishing village is built on water with structures such as houses, schools, restaurants all supported by stilts which stand firmly rooted in the water just as the Nzulezu village in the Western Region of Ghana.

The village is never short of visitors as thousands of tourists regularly make their way to there everyday to see this unique and amazing town and its people who live their entire life in houses built on water.

Koh Panyi
Koh Panyi

And if you ever thought living on water meant they would be deprived of some of the finest and best sporting activities in the world, you are definitely wrong. The latest addition to their many facilities is a football pitch. Yes you read that right, A FOOTBALL PITCH.

The people have managed to build for themselves a small football pitch on the water capable of hosting five-a-side matches and it is an incredible sight to behold as the young kids in the village take to this strange pitch to kick football every day.

Here are a few photos we managed to get you from the newly created football park that hosts the village’s matches.

Koh Panyi football pitch
Koh Panyi football pitch
Koh Panyi football pitch
Koh Panyi football pitch

Is Thailand Open For Tourism?

Thailand has also had its share of the COVID-19 pandemic and as such has moved to enforce certain restrictions as a response to the spread of the virus.

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Is Thailand Open For Tourists?

Thailand is currently not accessible to tourists. Despite the government’s recently announced plans to gradually reopen the country to foreign visitors in a bid to kickstart tourism, the increase in COVID-9 cases says otherwise.

The ban on international flights to Thailand has been extended until 31 May 2021 whiles travel to Thailand is restricted to only specific categories of passengers.

Do you need a PCR test to enter Thailand?

Yes, All travellers must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.  A PCR test must be taken on arrival, after which all travellers must quarantine at government-approved quarantine facilities

Aside from the PCR test, all travellers must provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $100,000 including COVID medical expenses.

Quarantine restrictions in Thailand

The quarantine period for all passengers, both Thai and foreign nationals regardless of their point of origin and vaccination status, will be no less than 14 days, with the following conditions based on the date their Certificate of Entry (COE) was issued:

  • Passengers whose COE is issued from 1 May 2021 onwards will be quarantined for no less than 14 days.
  • The quarantine period for passengers whose COE was issued before 1 May 2021 will be considered according to their arrival date.
  • Passengers entering Thailand between 1 and 5 May 2021 will be quarantined for 7, 10 or 14 days, based on their country of residence and vaccination status.

The quarantine period will be 10 days (11 nights) for passengers travelling to Thailand between 1 and 5 May 2021 from countries with no cases of COVID 19 variant strains.

All travellers who have received a Certificate of Entry are required to download the ThailandPlus Application and register. Upon arrival in Thailand, they will have to show a QR code that will be scanned by the Thai authorities upon arrival.

Here’s the link to ThailandPlus Application: https://thailandplus.in.th/en/

  • Passengers travelling from the following countries with cases of COVID 19 variant strains must undergo a 14-day quarantine: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Botswana, Zambia, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Rwanda, Congo, Republic of Ghana and the United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Passengers travelling to Thailand between 1 and 5 May who have received any of the following vaccines (Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca,  Covidshield (Serum Institue of India), Johnson and Johnson, Sinovac, SK BIOSCIENCE AstraZeneca, Moderna and Sinopharm) at least 14 days before departure and can present their vaccination certificate are required to undergo a 7‑day quarantine.
  • Passengers travelling to Thailand from 6 May 2021 onwards will be quarantined for no less than 14 days.

Which countries are banned from entering Thailand?

Non‑Thai passengers travelling to Thailand from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal are not permitted to enter Thailand.

 

Top things to do in Phuket

Phuket located some few kilometres from Krabi is one of Thailand’s major Islands situated in the middle of the Andaman Sea. The Island is very popular in Thailand due to its amazing resorts, beautiful beaches, and some lovely restaurants and attractions. Outside Thailand however, Phuket is not so known but in recent years has begun to gain worldwide attention as one of the finest tourist destinations in Asia due to the increasing number of visitors it receives, with the number shooting up every year. While it may not be in your plans to visit this unique island anytime soon, you definitely would want to read more about this Island and some o.f the finest attractions it has and things you can do when you find yourself there.

Phuket Trickeye Museum

Phuket Trickeye Museum
Phuket Trickeye Museum

The Phuket Trickeye Museum is the first 3D museum in southern Thailand. The art museum makes use of 3d designs to create interactive and almost real images that stimulates your imagination and creativity, making it almost impossible to forget these paintings even after years of the visit. As the only 3D museum in the southern part of Thailand, the Phuket Museum is the most patronized public gallery in the Phuket province and one of the most sort-after by tourists who visit Phuket.

Khao Rang Hill

Khao Rang is the highest viewpoint in Phuket city and offers an amazing experience for tourists who love to go on hiking expeditions. The Khao Rang Hill also has some amazing restaurants where hikers and tourists can rest and grab dinner while viewing the landscape of Phuket. Aside from restaurants the summit of the hill also boasts of a children’s park, some wonderful bars and luxurious facilities. All these facilities are found in a particular section of the mountain’s summit called the VIEWPOINT and it is from that section that tourists get to catch a glimpse of the landscape of Phuket. The Viewpoint was built in 2014 to provide the needed services to tourists climbing the hill.

Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket Weekend Market is perhaps the weirdest market in not just Phuket or Thailand but also the whole of Asia as a continent. Unlike the everyday normal market where newly produced and unused products are put for sale, the Phuket Weekend market is a special kind of market that deals in the sale of only second-hand items. In other words, items which have been used before and no longer found useful or needed by the owner. From footwear to clothes to jewelry and even utensils, anything you can think of, as long as you have a little money on you, you can find a second-hand one to buy an take home. Aside the second-hand clothing the market is also known for its abundance of pirated goods which come at insanely cheap prices making it one of the most visited markets in Phuket for especially the average residence who cannot afford the luxurious and brand new products in the malls. Phuket weekend market is a must-visit for tourists who visit the city.

Phuket Fantasea Theme Park

Phuket Fantasea elephant show
Phuket Fantasea elephant show

The Phuket FantaSea Park is a modern theme park on the Island of Phuket famous for its beautiful night scenery. The park usually hosts nighttime entertainment events which showcase the culture and tradition of Thailand while at the same time entertaining patrons. Facilities at the park include a 3000 seater capacity state-of-the-art theatre where events like stage plays, magical shows, cultural dance and acrobatics are performed and also a 4000-seat dining hall where patrons can feast and eat special traditional Thai foods. The park currently measures 60 acres, making it one of the biggest theme parks in the tourism world.

Big Buddha

Big Buddha
Big Buddha

The Big Buddha is the most iconic statue in Phuket standing at 45 metres tall and overlooking the Phuket province from the Nakkerd Hills where it is situated. The location of the statue is approximately 6 km from Phuket and is connected to the city by road. The statue was built in 2004 by the Thai state to serve multiple purposes including increasing the tourism potential of Phuket. Big Buddha was constructed with concrete and layered with beautiful white marbles that gives the statue a shining colour especially under the scorching sun. Since the completion of the statue in 2004, it has become a major tourist attraction in Phuket where most Island visitors pass by before departing the small province.

Bangla Road

If you are in Phuket to have fun, there is nowhere to look other than the famous Bangla Road streets near the Patong Beach. Once the sunset, the entire Bangla Road is closed to vehicular movement and the party begins. All the best restaurants, fine hotels, nightclubs, bars, casinos and other entertainment events and centres can be found on this 400-metre road. For those not wanting to visit any of the nightclubs, open bars and casinos, there is something for you too as the street performance of music, and cultural dance events are common on the main streets of Bangla Road.

Bangla Road
Bangla Road

Elephant Sanctuary

Talk of real tourism and preservation of nature, then the Elephant Sanctuary on the Island is the real deal and a must-visit for any tourist who loves animals especially the good old gentle giants called elephants. The park was specially created by the Thai government to provide a safe haven for the increasing elephant population of Phuket. The government has over the years gone a great length to ensure the animals live peacefully in the park, away from dangers of poachers and human activities that could put their lives at risk. The park is opened to tourists and visitors even though interaction with the animals are limited to a great extent to ensure the elephants are not stressed or used as some form of exhibition and entertainment for human satisfaction. A trip to this sanctuary is a must-visit to anyone who visits Phuket.

Phuket Beaches

You simply cannot talk about Phuket and discuss the amazing beaches that this small town has to offer tourists. There are more than twenty beautiful beaches on the island of Phuket and it is impossible to even imagine a tourist visiting Phuket and not go to any of the beaches to soak in the sun and relax on the shores. The most popular among these beaches in Phuket include the Paradise Beach, Kata Beach, Kata Noi beach, Nai Harn Beach, Patong beach, Karong beach and Ya Nui beach. All these beaches together with many others which were not mentioned have modern facilities and safety equipment to give tourists the best experience of their lives.

Phuket Night Market

Phuket Night Market
Phuket Night Market

There is something about Phuket and night market and you only have to visit there to understand this strange love affair. The people of the Island are ardent lovers of night market and you may never meet any group of people who love night markets as much as the Phuket people. There are over 10 major night markets on the Island where foods, drinks, snack and clothing can all be purchased under streetlights rather than sunshine. What’s more beautiful about the night markets, they are filled with street performances of music, making shopping the more exciting and intriguing. The Phuket Indy Market, Malin Plaza Patong and Phuket Walking Streets are among the most popular of the night markets on the small Island.

Top Things To Do In Krabi, Thailand

If you are considering taking a trip to Southern Asia with the hope of having a good time with regards to visiting some of the finest tourist destinations in the world, then Krabi in Thailand definitely has to be on your list.

The wonderful city is described as the soul of Thailand, embodying the beauty, lifestyle and diverse culture of the country.  Krabi has over the last few decades also developed to become one of the finest and most visited cities in Asia, and receives millions of visitors annually, most from other Asian countries, Europe and the Americas.

After all is said and done, are you wondering why you should visit Krabi as a tourist? Well, there are so many reasons and here are a few which can make Krabi your best-toured city yet.

Maya Bay

The Maya Bay is one of the most beautiful natural scenery in Thailand, located off the coast of Krabi, and found on the Phi Phi Islands. The bay boasts of a world’s class beach with a unique white-sandy shore that is naturally sheltered by limestone cliffs. The bay rose to Prominence in 2000 after the famous movie The Beach was shot at the location. Since then it has become one of the most visited bays in the world, with over two million tourists visiting each year. Tourists who intend to visit the Maya Bay can only do so, on a boat since it is located on an island off the coast of Krabi, the mainland. Aside from the amazing beach, Maya Bay also boasts of beautiful clear waters that are home to the world’s most exotic fishes. Tourists can order for a boat ride on the water and be taken around the bay. There is never a dull moment on Maya Bay, a mini paradise, full of nature and devoid of the technologies, and pollutions of the modern world.

Koh Panyi Muslim Village

The small Muslim village of Koh Panyi is located just an hour drive from Krabi and is regarded as one of the busiest tourist destinations in Thailand. But what makes the village so renowned and famous? Poh Panyi village is built on silt and sits right on top of a large water body, making it one of the few floating villages in the world, with another one located in Ghana, a small country in West Africa. The population of the village runs into thousands with the main occupation being fishing. Surprisingly the village has modest schools and very good restaurants which serve mostly see foods. There are tour agencies in Krabi who organize bus tours to the village every day and it not difficult to find one and join as they embark on the short trip to the amazing floating village which lies just an hour drive away from Krabi.

Wat Khong Museum

The Wat Khlong Museum is another destination one must not miss when in Krabi. The Museum is one of Krabi’s most historic places, keeping records of historical artefacts, some of which are as old as 5000 years. Most of the artefacts were obtained through archaeological excavation to unearth monumental evidence that could help enrich the history of the people. The majority of these artefacts include tools made from bronze, stone ornaments believed to have been worn by the rich and royals as well as glass beads. For tourists who would like to visit the museum, it is located in the eastern part of Thailand, in the Khlong Thom district off the Phetchakasem highway and is open to the public during the day time, usually from 8am to 5pm.

Ao Luk

Ao Luk is a place for the brave and adventurous, a place where people go to experience the wild part of nature and be secluded from the modern world of technology and artificial intelligence. Located north of Krabi, Ao Luk jungle provides tourist with an opportunity to witness some of nature’s most amazing works such as waterfalls, caves and ponds as well as many wildlife animals. The jungle also has a stream that runs through the jungle, making it possible for tourists to ride through the forest on a canoes paddled by tour guides. The jungle also has a special area known as Tree Top Adventure Park where tourists can climb trees, take a walk on high up canopy walkways and also swing from one tree to another. For the adventurous Ao Luk is the ultimate destination to visit if you find yourself in Krabi.

Tiger Cave Temple

The Tiger Cave Temple is located in the north-eastern part of Krabi. The renowned Buddhist temple is known for its tall statues, tiger claw prints found in the case of the temple and a long strenuous staircase which must be scaled to get to the summit of the temple. The history of the temple dates back to 1975 when a Buddhist monk by name Phetchakasem went to the cave to pray only to discover the tiger claw prints on the walls on the cave.  This discovery partly led to the construction of the temple on the cave as the monks came to regard the cave as a sacred prayer grounds for Buddhists especially the monks. Beside the temple, there are other minor caves found on the Kiriwong Valley (the exact location of the temple). Some of them include Tum Luk, Tum Lod and Tum Khon Khan. The temple and entire area is opened to visitors who would want to go and learn a few things about Buddhism, the history of the temple or just visit there for site seeing.

Ao Nang Beach

Ao Nang arguably has one the best beaches and resort in Krabi. The small town with a population of just over ten thousand people is well known for its beautiful beach known simply as Ao Nang Beach. Every year, the town receives over a million tourists from other countries, who visit the town purposely to enjoy the scenery and wonderful beach is offers. To complement the amazing beaches, Ao Nang also has some amazing resorts and guest houses for tourists who intend to spend a few days in the town to enjoy life on the beach. While the beach of Ao Nang has grown to become a household name in the tourism sector, the town of Ao Nang itself remains relatively reserved and quiet, with the local people seen as calm and laidback. For tourists who love to live by the sea and experience the breathtaking air and breeze of the sea, Ao Nang is a good option.

 

The Railay Beach, Ko Lanta Yai, the Mu Koh Lanta Marine National Park, there simply so many things to do and places to visit in Krabi that you have no excuse to miss out on these places if you are in Krabi as a visitor or even a resident. Draw your schedule, decide on the time and visit any of these attractions to do things you love, whether swimming on the amazing beach of Ao Nang or climbing trees and walking on canopy walkways in the Ao Luk jungle.