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Maya Bay, One of Thailand's Most Famous Beaches Is Closing

Post by hhfarang » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:22 am

"Always wanted to visit Thailand? We have some bad news

It’s said we can’t have too much of a good thing, but when it comes to tourism, it looks like we actually can.

Maya Bay on the Thai island of Koh Phi Phi Leh will be closed and unavailable to visitors all summer long this year while a crew tries to repair damages that are the result of over-tourism.

Maya Bay gets 5,000 visitors a day, most often by boat from Phuket or Koh Phi Phi, says the Guardian, and the wear and tear of all those docking boats, the human traffic and the discarded garbage have turned the once-perfect beach into anything but perfection.

Ironically, the beach became a hot spot after a movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio depicted an American backpacker who visits Thailand and finds the perfect beach. This fame turned out to be the beach’s undoing, made sadder by the fact that DiCaprio is a known environmentalist himself.

As Thailand is already suffering from an environmental dilemma — almost 80 percent of Thailand’s coral reefs have been destroyed — this work can't be taken care of too soon. ..."

http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles ... ch-closing
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Re: One of Thailand's Most Famous Beaches Is Closing

Post by laphanphon » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:29 am

Fake News ...... not closing. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/ ... l/30338976

Here's the really sad part, nobody cares, as profits are so much more important. Posted elsewhere and sadly, from a tour operator:

"This news comes up every single year on phi phi but it has not been confirmed yet. However if it does happen, which is likely this low season, you can still visit Maya bay. The beach itself won't be closed, only the main entry to the bay, you will be able to asscess Maya beach from the back entry, Loh Samah bay. Which is quiet usual way of getting there during these 3 months in low season anyways because of the waves, so I don't think any of the trips and boat tours will get affected very much."

So IF and WHEN ........ it will simply be a headliner for the ignorant who think change would ever happen, and not going to, if they affect profits.
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Re: One of Thailand's Most Famous Beaches Is Closing

Post by buksida » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:26 am

Here is a more reputable source which says there will be a partial closure ...

Thailand’s Maya Bay, location for The Beach, to close to tourists
It is one of the world’s most famous beaches, thanks to its starring role in Danny Boyle’s film of Alex Garland’s bestselling novel, and is often referred to simply as “the beach”. However, this summer Maya Bay, on the Thai island of Koh Phi Phi Leh, will be closed to tourists as authorities attempt to reverse decades of damage done to the region’s marine environment.

The closure will take place from June to September, during the island’s low season, in order to give its coral reef time to recover. While similar measures have been introduced on other Thai islands – in 2016 local authorities closed Koh Tachai – it is the first time tourists will be forbidden from visiting Maya Bay.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018 ... o-dicaprio
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Re: Maya Bay, One of Thailand's Most Famous Beaches Is Closing

Post by laphanphon » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:44 am

The 'guardian' vs TAT........OK

The news of closure, all seem to be based on the same 'environmentalists' opinion that it should be. Not from gov't agency, Thai gov't agency, saying it will be.
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