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Famous Thailand beach reopens to visitors for the first time in four years Famous Thailand beach reopens to visitors for the first time in four years

After an extensive period of ecological restoration, Thailand’s beautiful Maya Beach is now welcoming back tourists, but with new protective measures in place
06 January 2022

One of Thailand’s iconic beaches has reopened to the public after nearly four years of closure.

The idyllic Maya Beach was made famous by one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s early films named the ‘The Beach’, a Hollywood hit released in 2000.

Located on the island of Ko Phi Phi Leh, the beautiful 250 metre bay is only accessible via boat, most arriving from Phucket and Krabi.

The film’s star attraction became an instant hit with tourists, flocking from all from over the world to see the stunning sand, sea and scenery, with the towering limestone cliffs providing a mystical and awe-inspiring landscape.

However in 2018, Thai Authorities decided to close the beach as overtourism was causing the environment to suffer and deteriorate. More than 5,000 people were visiting the tiny bay every day.

Maya Beach is only 250m wide (Shutterstock)

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