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 authorities decided to indefinitely extend the closure of the beautiful bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" until it recovers from years of environment damage caused by too many tourists.
The famous Maya Bay in Thailand has been closed for three months to give its coral reefs a chance to recover. After the reopening on October 1st, each visit will be limited to one hour.
Overnight tourist stays on Thailand's popular Similan islands were banned starting Tuesday, as the government took another step toward tackling environmental problems caused by mass tourism.
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?
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