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  • marmite
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    thats correct - still to this day its on the back packer trail.

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  • Boon Mee
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    Originally posted by lamphun View Post
    Was there in 1980 with a total of about five people. We had the place to ourselves for a couple of hours. Snorkeled off a boat and never set foot on the beach. The water was crystal clear with coral on the seabed. Also the added attraction of reef sharks.
    Unbelievable but the water is still crystal clear. The rest of the place is a disaster zone.

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  • vendetta4real
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    ^reef sharks..cool.

    Originally posted by TizMe View Post
    I didn't really like the movie. The book was good though.
    I never read the book.... could be a good one to pick up in the future.


    Maya Bay

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  • lamphun
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    Was there in 1980 with a total of about five people. We had the place to ourselves for a couple of hours. Snorkeled off a boat and never set foot on the beach. The water was crystal clear with coral on the seabed. Also the added attraction of reef sharks.

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  • TizMe
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    I didn't really like the movie. The book was good though.

    I went to Phi Phi with my daughter around 2000, but we didn't go out to Maya Bay as the seas were too rough while we were there.

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  • vendetta4real
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    Wow! Maya beach was somewhat packed when I was there way back in 2006, but now it is beyond hope sadly. What a huge shame as it is a very beautiful place when not packed with people, garbage and boats. I did love that movie though.

    ^Ao Nang is also a start off point for many boats to the islands and it isn't really a nice beach because of that.

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  • Boon Mee
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    Hoards of boats out of Ao Nang as well. Horrible experience.

    Don't know what made me & the missus go out there. Will post a few pics later.

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  • news junkie
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    https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2...nardo-dicaprio

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  • Mid
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    It is hoped that the temporary shutdown will give the reef time to recover.
    3 months , yep that'll do it

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  • Mid
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    Thailand's Maya Bay aka 'The Beach' to close due to overtourism
    February 14 2018


    Maya Bay experienced a huge surge in visitors thanks to 2000 film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
    TIM HALES/NZPA

    Maya Bay in Thailand, famed for its starring role in The Beach, will close to tourists for at least three months this year in a bid to reverse damage to the surrounding coral reef.

    The idyllic cove in the once little-known Phi Phi Islands has become a victim of its own popularity since Danny Boyle's 2000 movie adaptation of Alex Garland's novel about a backpacker's search for sandy utopia.

    Some 5000 people each day now descend on Maya Bay to live out their own beach fantasies, many on day trips from the tourist hubs of Phuket and Krabi.


    Leonardo DiCaprio (centre) in The Beach.

    Concerned about the damage to the local reef, Thai authorities have decided to close the beach for around three months during the summer low season, from June to September, to help it recover, The Telegraph reported.

    Maya Bay is just the latest spot in Thailand to face temporary closure because of the damaging effects of mass tourism. Thai authorities have previously banned tourists from parts of the popular Koh Kai islands and Koh Tachai.

    About 77 per cent of coral reefs in Thailand have been seriously damaged by tourism, marine expert Thon Thamrongnawasawat of Bangkok's Kasetsart University said.

    While the ideal solution would be to close such places to tourists permanently, the country's reliance on tourism makes this impossible, he added.

    In May 2016, Thai authorities announced the indefinite closure of Koh Tachi, saying the swelling tide of tourists had brought the island to the brink of irreversible damage.


    Overtourism has damaged the coral reef, a Thai marine expert says.

    "We have to close it to allow the rehabilitation of the environment, both on the island and in the sea, without being disturbed by tourism activities before the damage is beyond repair," Tunya Netithammakul, the director general of Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, told the Bangkok Post at the time.

    "In fact, Koh Tachai is preserved as a primitive zone, not a tourist site," said Thon, referring to a designation that Thailand gives certain particularly vulnerable areas. "If it's not closed now, we'll lose Koh Tachai permanently."


    It is hoped that the temporary shutdown will give the reef time to recover.

    stuff.co.nz

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  • Dr Earl
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    Originally posted by peterplonker View Post
    Luckily I saw the place before the film came out, it was in those days a pristine and beautiful place.
    It hurts to see it now to see it packed full of "oriental" tourists.
    I passed through there during my dive training in 2004 and it was already attracting the hoards in speed boats. looks like it's gotten much worse now.

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  • Mid
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    Mar 27, 2015http://skift.com/2015/03/27/u-n-agen...afety-concern/

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  • peterplonker
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    Luckily I saw the place before the film came out, it was in those days a pristine and beautiful place.
    It hurts to see it now to see it packed full of "oriental" tourists.

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  • Delayed
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    That is so sad yet so funny at the same time. Sad that the beauty of such a place can be overrun so easily but funny in that they look like a oriental flock of penguins ready to head out.

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  • Mid
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    ^

    hardly a pristeen NP , long way from a fair comparision .

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