Thailand bay made famous by “The Beach” closed indefinitely.
The famous tourist spot in Thailand, gained international popularity after the 2000 movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio rose to critical acclaim. Countless tourist fled to the idilic spot, to take photos and bath in the ocean. The beach has now been closed indefinitely, after more than 5,000 daily tourists have ruined the beach with pollution, littering and the destruction of the coral reef. The small beach has sustained extensive environmental damage of the recent years, resulting in its closure.
The corals around Maya bay have died due to the amount of human activity including boats and sun cream. The corals need time to heal, and will be closed of from human contact for at least 1 year. The authorities have been reluctant to close the beach for years, as it generates £9.5 million per year.