Whether you've traveled through southern Thailand or are simply a big fan of our main man Leo, chances are you're familiar with the picture-perfect beach that is Maya Bay. Located on the Thai island of Ko Phi Phi Leh, it's gained hugely in popularity since the hit 2000 film The Beach was released, and the visiting numbers have now gotten to a point that a closure is in order.
Yes, sadly Maya Bay will be off limits to tourists for three months during the low season, from June to September. While we understand the reasoning behind the decision (up to 5,000 people visit Maya Bay daily, which can have detrimental effects on the fragile ecosystem), we're just keeping our fingers crossed that the closure doesn't become more permanent.
“Temporary closures can help to a certain extent. But an ideal solution is a permanent closure, which is not possible due to our reliance on tourism revenue,” Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine ecologist at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, told Traveller.com.