A Thailand reopened Maya Bay, a white sand beach made famous by the 2000 movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo Dicaprio. It has been closed for over three years to allow its ecosystem to recover from the impact of thousands of visitors daily.
The beach, surrounded by cliffs 100 meters high, is on the island of Phi Phi Leh in the Andaman Sea and is only accessible by boat from nearby points such as the islands of Phuket or Phi Phi, or from mainland Krabi .
Authorities closed the entire Maya Bay to the public in 2018, saying coral reefs and several parts of the beach were damaged by constant tourist activity. But since the beginning of this year, some visitors have been allowed to return.
“The sharks are back, the coral reefs are growing and the water is clean again,” he told Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Thailand Tourism Authority.
“This proves that nature will heal if we give it time, and we have to work to keep it that way too.”
“Maya Bay is beautiful, it’s a wonderful place,” said Manuele Panin, a 40-year-old tourist from Italy who was visiting the beach. “I think it’s okay that it’s been closed all this time to protect nature and allow it to heal and recover.”
Reference: CNN Brasil