Thailand Closes Iconic Maya Bay To Assess Tourism Impact

The Thai Government has announced Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi will be off-limits to tourists from June 1 to September 30 so that a proper assessment of the impact heavy tourism has had on the iconic destination, famous as the setting of ‘The Beach‘, a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, can be carried out.  Boats will not be allowed to enter Maya Bay or drop anchor nearby in a move that follows the sensational closure of Boracay in the Philippines and signals a regional shift in attitude toward over-tourism and the potential damage it is  inflicting on destinations.

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