The Floating Football Island

The Floating Football Island

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Spot Cool Stuff first visited Koh Panyee on a trip to Thailand a few years after the story of the YouTube video below takes place. “Koh” in Thai means “island.” But Koh Panyee is an island more in name than reality. The place is more accurately described as a floating village, built around steep karst mounds and upon bits of rock that stick out from the sea. To walk around the inhabited areas of Panyee—the inhabited areas being virtually the only parts of the “island” one can walk around—is like exploring a scene from Waterworld come to life (minus Kevin Costner).

We mention all that by way of explaining just how unlikely it is that Koh Panyee could have a football/soccer field. And how doubly unlikely it is that the sport could thrive there such as it has.

The story of soccer on Koh Panyee is told in the video below. Yes it was made as a sort of advertisement—part of a campaign by TMB bank called “Make THE Difference”—but it’s still very cool.

best of youtube  The Floating Football Island
published: 17 Aug 2011
best of youtube  The Floating Football Island

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best of youtube  The Floating Football Island

best of youtube  The Floating Football Island

best of youtube  The Floating Football Island


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  1. Dan says:

    August 26th, 2011at 5:45 am(#)

    Really interesting, but who goes after the ball, once it is in the water? :)

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  2. MarkG says:

    October 26th, 2011at 2:22 pm(#)

    You mean Kevin Costner not Mel Gibson.

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    wilbek Reply:

    Ah, I get my bad actors confused. Thanks, Mark.

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  3. Rob Crook says:

    November 1st, 2011at 11:23 pm(#)

    Hey I build floating islands. I could build a floating football pitch no problem. Who will be the first to get one?

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