Beach in ‘The Beach’ goes on 4-month retreat from tourists

Beach in ‘The Beach’ goes on 4-month retreat from tourists

Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Leh is where the hit movie 'The Beach' was filmed in 2000. (Post Today photo)
Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Leh is where the hit movie 'The Beach' was filmed in 2000. (Post Today photo)

Authorities have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists.

Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all visitors annually for four months starting this June to allow for the recovery of the island's battered coral reefs and sea life. The decision to keep visitors away was made Wednesday by the National Parks and Wildlife Department.

All Thai marine national parks are closed from mid-May to mid-October, but because of tourist demand, Maya Bay has remained open year-round since a Hollywood crew set foot there in 1999 to film the dark backpacker tale based on a novel by Alex Garland.


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