Ko Panyi

Ao Phang-Nga Marine National Park

A stilted Muslim village clings to this small karst island, where most tours dock for lunch. It's busy, but Ao Phang-Nga tour operators can arrange for you to stay overnight and soak up the scenery without crowds. The island is home to a small mosque, a floating soccer field and numerous souvenir and snack stalls.

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