Maya Bay reopening likely to be postponed | VIDEO

Maya Bay, on Koh Phi Phi Leh, in between Krabi and Phuket, was slated for a reopening on January 1. But now there’s a building swell of local help to keep the well-known Bay closed, for a while anyway. Guide utilized by the Marine National Park, together with tour operators and other stakeholders, has revealed a groundswell of help to increase the closure of the picturesque bay, made famous within the 2000 movie, “The Beach”. Of notice, the assist has come from the local Thai stakeholders and tour operators who’re dedicated to long-term protection of the popular natural asset.
(Watch the special video stories from The Thaiger concerning the reopening of Maya Bay, below)
The iconic natural cove of limestone karsts, turquoise waters and THAT seashore was one of Thailand’s hottest points of interest for a decade with up to 6,000 visitors on a regular basis within the lead up to the closure of the vacationer attraction in July 2018. The huge quantity of visiting boats, the onsite refuelling, boat anchors and folks clambering onto the sandy shores was slowly destroying the local ecosystem.
So they closed it.
“The Beach” was a 2000 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio (and an excellent book), set in Thailand with the ‘beach’ performed by Maya Bay. Maya Bay was poised to reopen to vacationers on January 1, 2022. But now native operators, and nationwide park officials, are concerned that the Bay is most likely not ready for visitors for a reopening solely four weeks away.
A new concrete and metal touchdown pier, on the back side of Koh Phi Phi Leh, has been constructed, however the infrastructure was to have floating plastic pontoons for the tour boats to tie up. As ot his date, they have not arrived. There are also concerns exactly how these new arrival platforms will act if the seas aren’t perfectly flat. From the arrival pier there is a 10 minute trek from the back of the island onto the Maya Bay beach alongside a boardwalk which retains the tourists off the actual island, until they get to the seashore. The proposal to reopen the bay to tourists was also going to restrict boat and passenger numbers every day, and stop boats coming into the precise bay.
At this stage no official bulletins have been made however with only four weeks to go, and indecision in the wind, the popular ‘beach’ could stay quiet beyond the proposed January 1 date. Watch this space..

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