Ko Panyi was on my list of places to visit during Covid when it wouldn’t be over-run with tourists. Like many similar attractions in Thailand, Ko Panyi is predominantly a market selling tourist tat. The vendors are renowned for being pushy, but in these lean times, many were pleading with us to help them.
Aside from that, it was a pleasant wander around for a couple of hours. Phang Nga bay is spectacular, so it’s a nice boat ride going to the island, especially if you tack on a side trip. Tourist boats unload at a large sea-food restaurant on arrival… I’m assured the food is very good, although a little pricey.
Ko Panyi is only accessible by boat… there are two options. Recommended is hiring a private boat, the driver will wait at the island until you’re ready to return. The cost (without side trips) is 1000 Baht. Alternatively, for 50 Baht you can take the public boat, however, the driver won’t leave until the boat is full and there’s no guarantee of a boat back.