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Thailand bay made famous by The Beach closed indefinitely
Facebook Twitter Email. Bangkok, Thailand CNN A victim of its own success, the most famous beach in Thailand is set to be tourist-free for at least another two years. Maya Bay, the stunning cove made famous by "The Beach," the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has already been shuttered for almost a year, and will likely remain closed for two more years to allow for its natural resources to regenerate, according to Songtam Suksawang, director of Thailand's National Parks Department NPD. He tells CNN Travel the popular bay's shores will be off-limits to tourists until at least June Our team will reassess the situation every three months. A crowd of tourists visits Maya Bay in April, , prior to its closure.
Sad news for beach lovers everywhere today: the Thai beach made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Danny Boyle film The Beach is being temporarily shut down, effective June 1, to tourists. Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi is a picturesque strip of white sand, backed by dramatic rock cliffs and surrounded by water that shines a turquoise blue. But thanks in part to its starring role in the DiCaprio adventure movie based on the book by Alex Garland, tourists have flocked en masse to the small space for years and the environmental damage is beginning to show. DiCaprio himself is an avowed environmental advocate who has supported organizations that protect coral reefs and work to inhibit damage on natural ecosystems. Back when The Beach was filmed, Thai authorities allowed 20th Century Fox to make some cosmetic adjustments to the landscape leveling and widening the beach, removing some native plants and adding new ones that caused something of a controversy at the time.
He meets an off-his-head Scotsman who waxes lyrical about a remote, paradise island off the Thai coast that no one but a select few knows about. The film is sub-par at best, but us wanderlust-chasers can forgive its shortcomings. The film opens on our pal DiCaprio as his narration laments about having amazing adventures and opening himself up to new and wild adventures. Yadda yadda yadda, normal gap year talk. You know, a street famous for drunk white teenagers drinking from buckets and pretending to eat Scorpians. DiCaprio moves on to his accommodation whilst staying in Bangkok, which is actually in Phuket Town.
The Beach. Sounds idyllic, doesnt it?
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Facebook Twitter Email. CNN Travelers hoping to visit famous "Maya Bay" in Thailand are going to have to wait a while longer to take in its creamy white shores and towering limestone cliffs. The popular day-trip destination was due to reopen in October following a temporary tourist ban. Made famous by "The Beach," a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Bay has been off-limits since June 1 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. But according to the DNP's announcement, signed by director-general Thanya Nethithammakul, the marine ecosystem requires more time to recover. A crowd of tourists visits Maya Bay in April, prior to the closure. Thailand regularly closes national parks and islands for a variety of reasons, from extreme weather to ecological recovery, but this was the first time such measures were taken in busy Maya Bay.
Visiting The Beach movie location may not be the paradise you think. The most famous beach in Thailand is now closed indefinitely to allow the beach and ecosystem to recover. Imagine a stunning beach cove, located 30 minutes away from a populated island. A cove whose crystal blue waters are almost glowing, the sand silky soft under your feet, the surrounding cliff faces beautifully dominant in a protective hug and where the surrounding choppy waters protect the enclave from human invaders. Except Maya Bay was made famous as a setting for where The Beach was filmed. A story I too wanted to seek out as a traveller, despite knowing the consequences that its fame had brought.