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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