Thailand is taking back its environment from the barrage of tourists it endures. The beach made famous by the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach, also known as Maya Bay on the Phi Phi Leh Island, will be temporarily closed for four months starting in June.
The decision was made by Thailand’s National Parks and Wildlife Department this Wednesday. The aim is to restore the coral reef and sea life, which are visited by an average of 4,000 tourists and 200 boats per day. The beach is actually following the model of several of Thailand’s other beaches, which are closed from mid-May to mid-October.
A marine scientist compared Maya Bay to an overworked employee. “It’s like someone who has been working for decades and has never stopped,” Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a Thai marine scientist said. “Overworked and tired, all the beauty of the beach is gone. We need a timeout for the beach.”
Can I get a break from mid-May to mid-October, too?