Thailand’s Maya Bay set to reopen in January

Maya Bay. Remember that Instant on Koh Phi Phi Leh off Krabi?

Now, the seaside that featured in “The Beach” is now poised to reopen. The iconic pure cove of limestone karsts, turquoise waters and THAT seaside was one of Thailand’s most popular points of interest for a decade with as much as 6,000 visitors on an everyday basis. But ultimately even the native marine nationwide park officials realised that tourists had been killing Maya Bay with love.
So they closed it.
“The Beach” was a 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio (and an excellent book) is now scheduled to reopen to tourists on January 1, 2022. This from Thailand’s Department of National Parks. The postcard attraction is sure to lure back some of the more reticent tourists who would be keen to see one of many world’s most favorite seashores, however without the mass tourism that closed it down in June 2018.

PHOTO: “The Beach”- 2000.
Since then the park has been devoid of tourists and allowed to rejuvenate, with a little bit of help from officials and marine biologists on the Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park.
Replanting coral, revegetating the again of the seaside and development of some protective walkways, has taken a lot of the 3 yr break.
Koh Phi Phi Ley is one of two islands that make up the Koh Phi Phi group. Even although it’s officially a part of the Krabi province, most visitors travel by speedboat from Phuket for quite a few day trips. The larger Koh Phi Phi Don is somewhat of a solar and snorkel backpacker haven and as well-known for its parties as it’s for gorgeous surroundings.
But it’s Phi Phi Don’s smaller and more attractive sister that has attracted so many day trippers and Instagrammers.
After the discharge of “The Beach” Maya Bay (the scene solely occupies a few minutes of the film) grew to become a Mecca for guests looking for out THAT seashore and the crowds stored coming. At its peak hundreds of vacationers and long tail boats can be anchoring off the shores each day, delivering 5-6,000 vacationers, trampling over the vegetation. The boat’s anchors almost completely destroyed the coral in the Bay.

Watch a short Thaiger report in regards to the closure of Maya Bay in 2018.
Covid, although it nothing to do with the closure of the Bay, just delayed the reopening, giving Maya Bay’s ecology an extra break before reopening.
But, as with much of Thailand post-Covid, there are new restrictions that may make the customer expertise to Maya Bay very different from the past.
Speedboats won’t even be capable of enter into the actual bay anymore. A pier behind the island will now be the drop-off level where passengers will disembark and walk throughout protecting boardwalks around the back of the beach.
Visits will be capped at one hour with only 8 boats allowed to tie up at the pier at anybody time. The journeys will all take place between 10am and 4pm every day.
At this stage the piers aren’t prepared for boats and there’s now a mad sprint to get everything completed before the reopening firstly of next year.
Whilst one of the best intentions to restrict vacationer site visitors have been laid down – less than 2,000 tourists a day – the local tourist trade might be pushing hard for Maya Bay to accept more guests if the demand is there. There are nonetheless a lot of spare boats and crews out of labor in Phuket and Krabi and they’ll be pressuring authorities to loosen up the restrictions. History reveals, in the case of Thai tourism, market forces normally prevail.

PHOTO: Maya Bay in its heyday, when a parking was an issuem

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