Thai bay made famous in ‘The Beach’ to be shut until 2021 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 10, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 10, 2019

Thai bay made famous in ‘The Beach’ to be shut until 2021

The closure of the glittering Thai bay made famous by the movie “The Beach” has been extended for another two years to allow a full recovery of its corals and wildlife, an official said yesterday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the tourism industry.

Maya Bay, ringed by cliffs on Ko Phi Phi Ley island and surrounded by azure waters, was made famous when it featured in the 2000 film starring Leonardo Dicaprio.

It was shut last June by Thai authorities due to worries the white-sand paradise was suffering from the pressure of thousands of day-trippers arriving by boat.

Authorities had initially said the beach -- a massive draw for Thailand’s more than 38 million tourists -- was going to be closed for four months, but the re-opening was repeatedly postponed.

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