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Maya Bay to closes to tourists

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Maya Bay made famous by 'The Beach' closed to tourists

Tourists banned from Maya Bay as famous Thailand beach shuts following damage

THAILAND’S famous Maya Bay, popularised by the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach, has closed to tourists for the next four months to repair the damage, missing the entire summer season.

Maya Bay has been damaged over time by the huge influx of tourists that visit every year.

Since the release of the famous film The Beach 18 years ago, many travellers have headed to the island to explore it for themselves.

s Thailand has become popular with backpackers and luxury resort tourists, the damage to the island and the coral has intensified.

Plastic has also washed up on the shores as tourists throw their waste into the ocean.

Maya Bay has now closed from today (June 1) and will remain shut for tourists for the next four months.

Boat tours regularly travel to the island, with an estimated 5,000 tourists per day using small speedboats and larger party boats.

Summer season is a popular time for holidaymakers, and with the closure lasting until September 30, could mean tourists head to other islands instead.

While Ko Phi Phi, where Maya Bay is found, is a popular island, others such as Koh Tai and Koh Samui also see a high number of visitors every day.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has issued a statement confirming that boats will not be allowed to moor on the island, and can only see the island by a natural entrance.

This will be monitored by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).

"During the four-month period, the DNP will undertake a coastal and marine environment quality evaluation study on the condition of reef and beach resources, environmental control and tourism management," the TAT statement explained.

"This is to properly determine measures for environmental sustainability of Maya Bay during future off-tourist seasons."

Twitter users were both pleased to see the beach is protected, as well as annoyed by the closure.

One person tweeted: “So glad I got to visit Maya Bay before it shut to the public even if it is an overcrowded disappointment.”

Another Twitter user wasn't so lucky: “Can’t believe Maya Bay in Thailand is shutting 2 months before I go, sooo gutted I won’t get to visit it.”

Some were pleased that it was being shut down: “Absolutely made up they are closing off Maya Bay. Sad to see it destroyed gradually so hopefully now it gets the time to recover and be ace again.”

When it reopens, a tourist cap could also be imposed, similar to other famous destinations around the world.


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Good news, I was there in 2005 ... I really dislike people  slinging litter ... selfish  scum ,  

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It is good news, maybe took their cue from the closure of Boracay in the Philippines. 

The amount of tourists in many SE Asian prime destinations has got way beyond sustainable levels and moves like this are necessary if the state of the environment is taken seriously.  In the end it will be better for future tourists even though closures will affect some Thai workers short term; I doubt though many will be out of pocket as the prices charged should see most of them sitting pretty through the downtime. 

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We were meant to dive not far from there in Feb, but changed location due to too much 'traffic', scared of a diver getting clipped by a boat or boat propeller. 

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