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Visitors to Maya Bay will have to book tour in advance

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Visitors to Maya Bay will have to book tour in advance

By Pratch Rujivcanarom 
The Nation

 

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Photo by: Thon Thamrongnawasawat

 

Visitors will have to make advance bookings for limited day tours to the internationally renowned beach at Maya Bay on Phi Phi Islands of Krabi once the site reopens to the public, according to experts.

 

After accompanying National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP) director-general Thanya Netithammakun on an official inspection of the environmental rehabilitation efforts at Maya Bay in Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, prominent marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat revealed in his Facebook that the mission to restore the ecosystems of Maya Bay had gone as planned and the two-year environmental restoration of Maya Bay had entered the third and final phase.

 

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“We have now nearly reached the goal to revive Maya Bay’s pristine nature. The DNP is finalising the tourism management plan at this famous nature attraction spot, calculating the appropriate number of visitors in order to prevent over-tourism, and also setting out measures to ensure the fragile ecosystems of the bay will be protected from the impacts of tourism,” Thon said.

 

He said that after the DNP closed Maya Bay to visitors for 10 months, the first phase of environmental restoration mission had allowed nature to heal the devastated ecosystems damaged by prolonged intensive tourism activities. The master plan to reform tourism management at Maya Bay was drawn up in the second phase; in the third and final phase, the DNP will have to implement the plans.

 

“The first and foremost issue is to determine and implement the visitor quota for Maya Bay,” he said.

 

“From now on, tourists will have to book their seats in advance for limited standardised day tours to Maya Bay.

 

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File photo: Maya bay // EPA-EFE PHOTO

 

Individual visitors will not be allowed to visit the bay on their own; each tour to the bay will have no more than 300 people per trip and each trip will be of 60 minutes duration around Maya Bay.” 

 

Although he said the daily visitor quota for Maya Bay was yet to be finalised, both Thon and DNP executives insisted that mass tourism would not be allowed again at Maya Bay.

 

“We would like to restore the pristine nature of Maya Bay from the scars of mass tourism and preserve it as a prominent marine animal sanctuary rather than continue to exploit its beautiful nature with unsustainable tourism,” he said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30369243

 

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Aparrently ''Closed indefinitely due to human impact'' means ''show me the money''...

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

Visitors to Maya Bay will have to book tour in advance

Presumably they have to book two years+ in advance??? Akin to booking a seat on a high speed train.

 

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This will make the concession the take the tourists there a very valuable commodity.

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Close the Island for2 or3 years more.Everything else makes no sense.

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A couple of years to get the Coral starting to grow,and a couple

of weeks to return to devastation,once its opened again,nature

will never win over money in Thailand.

regards worgeordie

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So these people have stopped traveling in boats for sight seeing??? They have just gone off and are seeing other places and the same thing is happening there. What is the condtion of James Bond Island??? 

 

They mentioned sharks have come back...the first day of the tour boats come back and they are gone. Shouldnt be used as a bar of success as they will flee as soon as their enviroment is altered.

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Booking in advance for limited access ... couldn't be more open to abuse if you tried. Someone will be able to make a brisk business in over-priced slots at short notice for disorganized tourists that just show up as the "booking system" may well have a waiting list of months with opaque block bookings chewing up availability. Someone will make a mint out of this corruption opportunity and I bet it'll be hard to get a ticket unless you go through the unofficial channels for more money.

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They've made it clear that no boats will ever enter the bay again, moored outside and enter via the backside of the island only

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