Access to the famous Maya Beach in Thailand's Ko Phi Phi National Park will be strictly off limits during a four-month rejuvenation period from 1 June to 30 September, 2018.
Boats will not be allowed to enter the bay in front of the beach, or even drop anchors at nearby Loh Samah Bay.
Temporary closings of natural attractions are not new to Thailand. Each year, Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) close several national parks to allow for ecological recovery. During this four-month period, the DNP will undertake a coastal and marine environment quality evaluation study on the conditions of the reef and beach resources, environmental control, and tourism management. This is to appropriately determine measures for the environmental sustainability of Maya Bay. Tree planting and restoration works on coral reefs are also part of the rehabilitation efforts.
However, from a 400-metre distance or between the two cliffs (and carefully monitored by the DNP), travellers can still catch a glimpse of the Bay's stunning beauty, which was captured perfectly in the movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This area still has much to offer with a diverse archipelago boasting 154 islands, 3 national parks and many other stunning beaches including Mu Ko Phi Phi, K Dam, Ko Lanta, Ao Nang, plus more.