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Maya Bay confirmed to reopen Jan 1

KRABI: Maya Beach will definitely reopen to tourists on Jan 1 but swimming will be off-limits, according to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 20 December 2021, 10:35AM

Maya Bay in Krabi, closed since June 2018, will be reopened with restrictions on Jan 1, 2022. Photo: Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park

Maya Bay in Krabi, closed since June 2018, will be reopened with restrictions on Jan 1, 2022. Photo: Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park

The famous tourist attraction in Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi Marine National Park in the southern province of Krabi will begin welcoming a limited number of tourists on New Year’s Day, department director-general Thanya Netithammakul said yesterday (Dec 19).

Mr Thanya said the number of tourists visiting the beach on Phi Phi Le Island would be limited to 375 per hour, reports the Bangkok Post.

However, swimming would definitely not be allowed because the sea around Maya Beach is home to a large number of blacktip reef sharks. A recent survey found there were 161 blacktip reef sharks in the area, he added.

According to Mr Thanya, the department was pondering collecting an additional fee from tourists.

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Apart from paying an admission fee to enter the marine national park, tourists would have to pay extra for visiting Maya Beach itself.

The matter was being considered by an advisory committee of the park, he said.

The department closed Maya Bay in June 2018 after it was overwhelmed by tourists, leading to the destruction of reefs and marine ecology in the area.

Although small in size - just 250 metres long and 15 metres wide - the bay has drawn global attention since it featured in the Hollywood movie The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, filmed there in 1999.

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Timothy | 21 December 2021 - 10:15:21

JohnC they only care about money. All the way up the chain of command. Back in 2015 the National Reform Council took over the collection of fees at Phi Phi. Turns out the old boys were stealing about 30 million baht per month. The parks guys were even reselling tickets. Of course we have never heard any follow up on that story. 30 mil per month for years! Like the rental of Karon Beach case.

JohnC | 21 December 2021 - 08:49:33

Who are the greedy money grabbing so-called officials who don't care one bit for their country's natural beauty but only about how much can be made from selling it out? Come to see the bay we destroyed to make a C grade bad movie. Bargain, pay only 2 fees to see 400 others p/hour destroy it again. If you want to swim with the sharks a special backhand deal can be made with your park offici...

Kurt | 20 December 2021 - 11:26:41

So, instead of 1 fee, now they go to collect 2 fees. That is what it is all about, yes? Money! Who counts that 375 per hour? So, only can stay 1 hour? Talk down that 'global attention' of a movie of 22 years ago. Think priority local enviroment preservation, not money. Agian, it is just money the Thai are interested in, not their nature inheritance.


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