Famous Thailand Beach Closed Indefinitely After Tourist Damage

If the famous “Maya Bay” in Thailand is among your vacation location this holiday, oopss, you need to make some changes right away. This is because the popular creamy white shores and towering limestone cliffs, day-trip destination which was due to reopen this month (October, 2018) following a temporary tourist ban will remain closed indefinitely.

Made famous by “The Beach,” a 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Bay has been off-limits since June 1 this year, as part of what was expected to be a four-month rejuvenation program aimed at reviving the area’s decimated corals and installing additional boat jetties, among other activities.

However, a DNP’s announcement, signed by its director-general Thanya Nethithammakul, stated that the marine ecosystem requires more time to recover.

“The ecosystem and the beach’s physical structure have yet returned to its full condition,” said the letter, in Thai, adding that they would extend the closure from October onward “until natural resources return to normal.”

Data released by the DNP suggested that the park would see as many as 2.5 million visitors in 2018, a year-on-year rise of half a million.

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