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Maya Bay Closure Extended

Maya Bay (1)

For those wishing to soak up the sun and bury their feet in the white sand shores of Maya Bay, tourists have to wait a little bit longer to get take in the islands creamy white beach and limestone cliffs.

Maya Bay has been off-limits since the start of June as part of a four-month rejuvenation program, aiming at reviving the area’s dying corals, installation of additional boat jetties, and other activities. The popular beach destination was set to reopen this month, but Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) announced on October 2nd, that Maya Bay will be closed indefinitely.

According to the DNP’s announcement, the marine ecosystem requires more time to recover. Hence, the closure would be extended from October onwards until all of the bays natural resources return to normal.

Maya Bay, part of Thailand’s Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, was made famous after the release of the 2000 film, “The Beach”, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio. After its feature in the movie, Maya Bay has been a popular day-trip destination for many.

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Thailand closes its national parks and islands regularly for a variety of reasons, may it be due to inclement weather or ecological recovery, but this is the first time such measures are to be implemented in Maya Beach.

Since overnighting on the island is prohibited, many of the tourists take the day for granted by taking as many pictures, sunbathe, snorkel as much as they can.

Despite Maya Bay’s indefinite closure, you can consider going to Boracay for a surreal beach experience. After Boracay’s closure back in April, it is now reopened in phases beginning this month.

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