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Saturday 11 May 2019

Famous Thai beach to remain closed

The tourist ban at the beautiful Thai beach made famous by a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio has been extended to 2021.

Since the release of the film The Beach in 2000 there had been a sharp rise in visitors to Maya Bay, on the island of Ko Phi Phi Leh, severely damaging the environment.

Officials from the 
Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation temporarily closed the beach last year and now the closure has been extended to give its ecology more time to recover, the Bangkok Post reported.

When it eventually reopens, officials plan to restrict the number of visitors to the beach and boats will be banned from mooring within the bay's waters.

Local people have opposed the ban, saying their livelihoods are being affected.

At its peak there were over 5,000 tourists visiting the secluded bay every day. 
Maya Bay is just 250 metres long and 15 metres wide. 

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