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Thai authorities don’t know if Maya Bay will re-open to tourists

 

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Thai authorities say they still do not know when they will re-open Maya Bay.

 

The bay, made famous by the movie The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has been closed to visitors since 2018, after mass tourism destroyed bay’s coral ecosystem.

 

Sharks have now returned to the bay - a sign that the ecosystem is starting to recover, but it could be decades before it fully recovers, experts have said.

 

In a fascinating interview with the BBC, who were given special access to the beach, scientist Thon Thamrongnawasawat said that up to 60 black tip reef sharks have now been spotted at the bay.

 

According to the BBC, about 171 people per day visited Maya Bay.

 

But by 2017, 3,520 people per day were visiting the famous beach.

 

At its peak, it is estimated that as many 5,000 people per day visited Maya Bay.

 

In June 2018, officials announced Maya Bay would be closed indefinitely to tourists. 

 

In October 2018, a boundary of buoys was installed to warn boats not to access the beach. 

 

Boats can still visit but they must stop 300 metres away from the beach - just close enough for tourists to take photos.

 

 

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Great news. Thailand tourisms biggest problem is just how overdone everything popular ends up. Zero regulation means unchecked amount of visitors destroy the area, leave rubbish and pollution behind just to line the pockets of a few people. 

 

Be nice to see this happen with a few of the other heavily polluted beaches too. The ones where you go swimming amongst thousands of drinking straws, car tyres, plastic bottles etc

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Ah, i thought there would be hotels and stuff all over the place by now. So they've actually decided do save one spot for the future generation, like a time capsule, to know how things could have been.

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Let's hope the Thai government, whoever that may be after the election, maintains this closure order indefinitely. In this instance, Maya Bay, Mother Nature had been raped and left bleeding and broken. Now she's recovering, leave well alone.

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

Thai authorities don’t know

So what's new? Knowing needs knowledge; knowledge needs a brain . . . and this is Thailand.

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37 minutes ago, Fex Bluse said:

No doubt the Chinese locusts contributed prominently to the harm. But the Thais are always too scared to acknowledge it. 

I'm generally the first to point the finger at Chinese for society's problems but I imagine there were equal parts Brit, Aussie, Russian tourists as well.

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7 minutes ago, ratcatcher said:

Let's hope the Thai government, whoever that may be after the election, maintains this closure order indefinitely. In this instance, Maya Bay, Mother Nature had been raped and left bleeding and broken. Now she's recovering, leave well alone.

If previous actual rape threads are anything to go by, some posters on here will be quick to point out that nature wasnt raped, she just wasn't paid enough or was asking for it, or is lying.

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It’s truly beautiful there. Probably for the best of humans can no longer visit. But greed will eventually overcome and it will be business as usual. It’s the Thai way.

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Choosing quantity over quality will chew up the entire country as the clueless low cost tours ravage everything. Only solution is to limit access by charging through the nose. Should be a natural solution for Thais.

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I've known a few Farangs recently been on boat trips around there and they dont have a problem with it they seem to accept they cannot go there and the reasons why,

Next stop Similan

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