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Thailand’s most famous beach is closed to tourists   

One of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world, the Maya Bay in Thailand, is being evacuated for a while because the astonishing crowds of tourists are seriously endangering the ecosystem and coral reefs in the area. The beautiful bay of Koh Phi Phi Leh is closed for several months before visitors, helping to regenerate the wildlife. The Mayan Gulf then became the favorite destination for tourists to feature the beach title screened in 2000 with the starring Leonardo DiCaprio on the beautiful beach. Following the creation, visitors from all over the world flooded into the world-famous beach, which was almost completely unknown before.

But the corals have suffered from the boom of tourism, which is now largely devastated due to water pollution and moorings. The authorities have therefore decided to close the coast for summer, so that corals and marine life can regenerate. The decision has been welcomed by many in Thailand, but most environmentalists are of the opinion that the measure does not solve the problem, as only a complete ban, or at least a strict limit on the number of visitors, could be solely a solution, which would be a big blow to tourism. The bay welcomes thousands of visitors a day, mainly from the nearby Krabi and Phuket islands, which are barely endowed with tourism. Thailand’s tourism has grown significantly over the past decade due to its beautiful natural sights, only in 2017, 35 million arrived in the Asian country. As further growth is expected in the coming years, there is growing pressure from the authorities to take action to protect the environment. The Phi Phi Islands, among other things, are situated between Phuket and the western coast of the continental part of the country, in the Malaka Strait, and belong to the Krabi Province. The largest and most populated island of the group is Ko Phi Phi Don, the second largest island, Ko Phi Phi Leh, while the other is far more than the great limestone rock out of the sea. Islands can be approached by a long-tailed boat or motorboat from Krabi or the port of Phuket. The 2004 tsunami depopulated Ko Phi Phit, but has since largely been restored.

The archipelago is part of the Hat Nopparat Thara-Ko Phi Phi National Park, which abounds in coral and other marine creatures. Lush forests, limestone cliffs, cliffs and caves have long stretches of sandy beaches, which were found only by enthusiastic travelers in the early 1990s.

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