Maya Bay, made famous by Leonardo Dicaprio’s movie “The Beach” is set to reopen in January for visitors. The tropical paradise with stunning coral reefs and crystal lagoons located on the Phi Phi Leh Island will once again welcome tourists under new rules.
The famous bay had been closed off for almost three years to protect the ecosystem and wildlife in 2018. Although the closure was supposed to last a couple of months, the government decided to extend the shutdown to improve facilities. Under new rules and regulations, boats will no longer be allowed to enter the bay area but instead would be docked at a pier.
Visitors will only be allowed to visit the bay for one hour during selected time periods. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa Archa said,
“Maya Bay has been continuously receiving interest from tourists around the world. But this has also caused the natural area to deteriorate. Especially the corals. After shutting down Maya Bay to revive and restore it, up until the present, it has returned to a good condition.”