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Thailand’s Maya Bay, place for The Beach, to close to sightseers

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The bucket-list beach on small island developing of Koh Phi Phi Leh became far-famed when it featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, but environmental concerns mean it will close to tourists from June

It is one of the world’s most well known beaches, thanks to its starring role in Danny Boyle’s film of Alex Garland’s bestselling romance, and is often referred to simply as” the beach “. Nonetheless, the summer months Maya Bay, on the Thai island of Koh Phi Phi Leh, will be closed to tourists as authorities attempt to reverse decades of damage done to the region’s marine environment.

The closure will take place from June to September, during the island’s low-toned season, in order to give its coral reef time to recover. While same measures have been introduced on other Thai islands- in 2016 local authorities closed Koh Tachai– it is the first time tourists will be forbidden from visiting Maya Bay.

Maya Bay goes up to 5,000 visitors per day, with most tourists touring by boat from Phuket or Koh Phi Phi. Much of that tourism has been spurred by the movie The Beach, released in 2000 and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It is a movie that, ironically, tells the story of a backpacker on a seeking to find the perfect, untouched beach.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, core, Guillaume Canet, right and Virginie Ledoyen, left, in a scene from The Beach. Image: Peter Mountain/ AP

Almost 80% of Thailand’s coral reef have been destroyed, according to Thon Thamrongnawasawat, deputy director of the module of fisheries at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, with the primary reasons being beachfront hotels, ship fixes and plastic waste being dumped in the sea.

Speaking to Deutsche Welle, Thamrongnawasawat said that while temporary closes can help to a limited extent, the” ideal solution” would be for the bay to be closed permanently. Thon have so far been outspoken about the importance of preserving Thailand’s marine parks and has forewarned about the risk from tourism. During a call to the bay in 2016, he described the beach as is just so densely army he was left speechless.

Those very well known individual regions are aware of overcrowding at the inlet. Sam Clark of Experience Travel says the tour hustler terminated advocating its clients go on craft trip-ups to Maya Bay “long ago”.

” While it’s a very pretty inlet and recognisable from The Beach, inspecting it with a flotilla of barges and hordes of other sightseers instead detracted from the occult ,” he said.” If the inlet needs to be closed to allow for recuperation time in the low-grade season, I can only welcome the fact that .”

Clark lent:” The Thai authorities have the benefit of insuring what unchecked proliferation over a 40 -year period did to regions of Spain and other residences, so they can hopefully learn from that .”

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