Kanchana – Hotel Murano Phang Nga Bay

We are a small family owned hotel, managed by Kanchana, who is your host. We want to provide you will true Thai hospitality and an authentic Thai village stay here in Phang Nga Bay. Our rooms are very comfortable with crisp linen and king size beds.

Kanchana attended a pizza school so she could open a pizza restaurant at the hotel which is proving to have become very popular, she is also famous in the village for her Thai cooking which she also loves to serve to her guests.

For an absolute unforgettable Thai hospitality experience leave Phuket and spend a couple of nights here in Phang Nga, there is so much to see here, from spectacular mountains to pristine waterways and the famous Ao Phang Nga national Park, to top this off have our friends take you to James Bond Island, in Phang Nga Bay, and be treated like family.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Our Village

“Ko Panyi” (suburb of Phang Nga Town) The settlement at Ko Panyi was established at the end of the 18th century by nomadic Malay fisherman.[2] Ko Panyi is known as Pulau Panji in Malay language. It was during this time that the law limited land ownership solely to people of Thai national origins, and due to this fact the settlement was, for the most part, built on stilts within the protection of the island’s bay, providing easy access for the life of a fisherman. With the increase of wealth for the community, due to the growing tourism industry within Thailand, purchase of land on the island itself became a possibility, and the first structures of relevance were built; a mosque and a freshwater well.

The village has a Muslim school which is attended by both males and females in the mornings. Due to the informal nature of this education, many of the male children attend schools further afield in Phang Nga or in Phuket. Further emigration from the village is encouraged as the size of the settlement is restricted by dangerous water conditions in the rainy season.
A mosque based on the island adjacent to the settlement serves the predominantly Muslim population and is a focal point and meeting place for the community. A market stocked with goods from the mainland sells basic amenities such as medicine, clothes and toiletries.

Despite the recent rise in tourism, life in Ko Panyi is still primarily based around the fishing industry as tourists only visit in significant numbers during the dry season. The village includes a floating football pitch. Inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup, children built the pitch from old scraps of wood and fishing rafts. After making it to the Semi-final on an inland tournament, all the village were inspired to take up the sport. They built a brand new pitch, although the wooden one still remains and is popular among tourists. As of 2011, Panyee FC is one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand the boys who built the pitch back in 1986 are now grown men.