Maya Bay in Thailand, which became famous worldwide as a result of the film The Beach, will now be closed off to the public until 2021.
The ecology at this bay on Phi Phi Leh island suffered because of the huge number of tourists who visited the beach after the film’s release. The number of visitors exploded, particularly in recent years, and from about 170 visitors per day in 2008, the number went up to 3,500 every day in 2017.
The authorities had already closed off the bay temporarily last year, and had planned on closing it off again this year for a four-month period from June.
It now appears that this period has been extended, as it is planned to close off the bay for a full two and a half years.
This lengthy closure should allow the coral reef on the island to regenerate itself.
It was also announced that when the bay is reopened, the number of visitors will be limited, and boats will now no longer be allowed to drop anchor in the bay.
Daqshekk turisti f’Maya Beach li kisbet popolarità bil-film ‘The Beach’