Thai authorities are to temporarily close Maya Bay to the public, in a bid to halt environmental damage caused by tourists.
Thai authorities have ordered the temporary closure of Maya Beach, made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie The Beach.
The bay will be closed to all visitors for four months every year starting this June to allow for the recovery of the island’s damaged coral reefs and sea life.
Although marine parks in Thailand are typically closed during the rainy season (May to October), Maya Bay has previously remained open all year round because of tourist demand.
Currently, an average of 200 boats and 4000 tourists visit the beach every day from the tourism hubs of Phuket and Krabi.
According to reports, when Maya Beach reopens, Thailand’s National Parks and Wildlife Department will set a daily limit of 2,000 tourists, and boats will no longer be allowed to anchor there.
In the Philippines, controversial President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to close Boracay, a small island known for its resorts and beaches, saying it has become a “cesspool.”