Thailand’s bay closes until 2021

A famous Maya Bay in the film The Beach closes until 2021 for ecological restoration. GETTY IMAGES

THAILAND – A Thai bay made iconic by its appearance in the film The Beach was closed until 2021.

Maya Bay, on the island of Phi Phi Leh, was temporarily closed last year after officials said a sharp rise in visitors severely damaged the environment.

Up to 5,000 people visited the bay every day and most of its corals died as a result.

Authorities extended the ban on visitors by two years to give more time for Maya Bay’s ecology to recover.

The beach featured prominently in the 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. (BBC)

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