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Maya Bay under threat of massive tourist invasion

THAILAND: Photos of hundreds of tourists standing inches away from each other on Maya Bay, the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi island in Krabi province, were shared on social media, raising concerns about preservation of marine and coastal resources and sustainable tourism.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 21 March 2015, 11:31AM

Photos from Niruth Darid Bannob's Facebook page.

Photos from Niruth Darid Bannob's Facebook page.

The photos were first posted on Niruth Darid Bannob's Facebook page on Thursday (March 19).

"People say the selling points of Krabi are its serenity and untainted natural beauty. But what many of us are doing goes in an opposite direction. 

"If the place is quickly developed, it will not be sustainable. In the end, there will be no visitors and the local people will have to live in the state of spoiled nature. 

"Huge tourism revenue cannot buy back nature," Niruth Darid Bannob wrote. The Facebook user wrote that the photos were taken on Maya Baya on a normal working day.

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Asst Prof Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine biology lecturer at Kasetsart University and an established environmental writer, shared the photos on his Facebook page and wrote, "I am crying heavily. This is too much for Maya Bay, situated in Had Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park.

"If relevant agencies still refuse to reorganise marine national park management, when is the right time for it? This is stressful."

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Coolpapa | 22 March 2015 - 19:41:16

What about to restric number of boats and visiters to access Maya Bay on a daily basis, I was at PhiPhi leh in januari diving outside of Maya Bay and I was struc by the large number of boats entering into the paradise bay, Im urging to the authorities to act NOW! The agencies are not capable to handle it.

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