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.
The island located in the Andaman Sea about an hour from the southern Thai coast by speedboat will remain open for day trips only, the Bangkok Post newspaper said. The decision follows the planned four-month closure of Maya Bay, which has experienced drastic coral die off, from June to September. Maya Bay became famous after appearing in the 2000 Hollywood film "The Beach" starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Similan Island is part of a national park that currently sees an "overwhelming number of visitors," Thon Thamrongnawasawat, the chairman of a government committee overseeing marine resources management, told the Post. The ban on overnight stays will go into effect in October, the report said.