Phi kong koi

Phi Kong Koi (Thai: ผีกองกอย) is a Lao and Thai jungle ghost. Their appearance is not easily characterized, but often described as a phantom with one leg. They move by hopping with one leg and shout "Koi, Koi, Koi"; Some people believe it has a fly-like tube mouth.[1] Others describe it as looking like monkey or langur, Most agree this ghost is ugly and cannot climb trees,[2] which is unusual in nature. It is believed that the Phi Kong Koi will suck blood from the toes of the sleeping traveler in the jungle; travelers should keep the feet together or cross their feet when sleeping to protect themselves.

Phi Kong Koi
GroupingLegendary creature
Sub groupingVampire
Other name(s)Kong Koi
CountryThailand, Laos
RegionSoutheast Asia

The name Phi Kong Koi[3] has several sources. Phi means ghost in Thai language; some people use the term Phi Pong (ผีโป่ง) or Phi Pong Kang (ผีโป่งค่าง; Mineral lick ghost.) The word “Koi" or "Koy" (กอย), as defined by the Royal Institute Dictionary means, "An ethnic group have black skin, curly hair is in the Malay Peninsula, also known as Sakai[disambiguation needed]."[4]

Luang Pu Waen Suciṇṇo (former abbot of Wat Doi Mae Pang, Chiang Mai province) said that when he traveled in the jungle in Khammouane, Laos, with Luang Pu Tue Ajala Thamฺmo, they fought with many Phi Kong Koi at night. He described the Phi Kong Koi as being shaped like children of about 13–14 years old. They were thin with a bulging belly, dark brown skin, dark hair, and a chubby nose. They were armed with a small crossbows or arrows and shouted "Koi". Luang and fellow travelers were meditating, which protected them from the Phi Kong Koi. At dawn, the Phi Kong Koi surrendered and invited both of them to their home.

Some have suggested, based on this story, that the Phi Kong Koi are really the Kha Ra Dae (ข่าระแด) an ethnic group. This indicates that in the above story, they were hunting and possibly killing intruding humans and taking the meat to eat.[5]

In the faith of Tai Dam people in Nong Sung District, Mukdahan province, they believe that Phi Kong Koi is a long-haired, very small (childlike) woman with a backwards foot. They speak the opposite of reality.[6]

In September 2016, strange footprint were found at a cave in the forest in Loei Province. Believed to be the footprints of Phi Kong Koi, the director of a local cultural agency said Phi Kong Koi are real and that they are ethnic group whose has not been seen for a long time.[7]

Similar creaturesEdit

  • Jiangshi: Chinese hopping vampire
  • Madam Koi Koi: African demon walking with hopping with one heel
  • Patasola: one legged female vampire in jungle of South America
  • Shanxiao: Chinese mountain one legged hairy creature


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  2. ^ "โป่งค่าง". (in Thai).
  3. ^ "พิสูจน์แล้ว! โลกโซเชียลฮือฮา สัตว์ประหลาด-ผีกองกอย แค่หมีป่วยในมาเลย์". Thairath (in Thai). 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ "กอย". พจนานุกรมแปล ไทย-ไทย ราชบัณฑิตยสถาน (in Thai).
  5. ^ "ขนพองสยองเกล้า!! ... อสุรกายในป่าดิบเขตลาวที่พยายามทำร้ายหลวงปู่แหวนก็คือ "ผีกองกอย"!!". T-news (in Thai). 1 September 2016.
  6. ^ "ผีกองกอยเดอะซีรีย์ : เรื่องเล่าหลายตอนจบของชาวไทดำ". langrevival.mahidol (in Thai).
  7. ^ ""ผอ.วัฒนธรรม ยัน!รอยเท้าผีกองกอย จ.เลย เป็นเรื่องเข้าใจผิด!"". Nation TV (in Thai). 26 September 2016.