Thailand’s famous Maya Bay to shut down due to excessive tourist numbers

Published on : Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Maya-Bay-500x300Maya Bay, best reputed among movie-goers as the shoot locale of the famous movie “The Beach” will be closed down temporarily owing to excessive tourism numbers.

 

The film would be starring Leonardo DiCaprio and was a box office superhit when it was released at the turn of the millennium.

 

It motivated several thousands of tourists to enjoy the view of the beach for themselves. Maya Bay was found on the Thai island of Ko Phi Phi Leh and has emerged as quite a popular one.

In fact it has become so popular that local authorities have decided to close it down for three months in the low-season, between June and September.

 

Up to 5,000 visitors travel to Maya Bay daily by boat from places like Phuket and Krabit. Tourism to Thailand has increased almost year on year over the last decade and tourist numbers have surpassed 35 million in 2017.

 

It actually accounts for a large percentage of the GDP of the nation and is likely to grow further in the coming years, placing greater pressure on delicate natural areas and ecosystems.

 

High numbers of tourists pose several threats to coral environments as per the principal specialist of Marine Protected Areas, Jean-Luc Solandt.

 

While conversing with the media, he gave certain instances of the extent of damage tourists generally do. He feels that tourists are absolutely ignorant of the extent of damage they eventually cause by touching and grabbing the corals.

 

Maya Bay is among the several spots across the world that have faced challenges after being used as a filming location.

 

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