The pristine shore of Maya Bay in Thailand was made world-famous by the Hollywood movie "The Beach". Now Thai authorities are banning visitors for at least four months. Mass tourism has taken a toll on the beauty spot on Phi Phi Leh island.
Thailand's Maya Bay, made famous by the film "The Beach", will close for four months from June to allow its coral reefs to recover from rising temperatures and the environmental impact of thousands of visitors each day.
Thailand has banned overnight stays on popular tourist destination Similan Island in another move aimed at restoring the country's natural and marine resources, local media reported Thursday.
Southeast Asia's once-pristine beaches buckle under tourism strain. The Philippines' Boracay and Thailand's Maya Beach are facing temporary shutdowns. Could the closures become "test cases" for other destinations?
The once-pristine Thai bay which became a tourist magnet after the 2000 movie "The Beach" will be closed to boats for several months to prevent further damage to its coral, an official said Wednesday.
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