Maya Bay on Phi Phi Lei Island to be closed from June to September

The famous Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island in Krabi province will be closed four months from June to September for nature to recover.

The closure of the world's famous bay was agreed upon at the meeting of the marine national park consultation committee yesterday.

According to Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat, deputy Dean of Kasetsart University's Faculty of Fisheries, the meeting agreed to close the bay from June to September.

As the bay reopens after the four month closure, visitors to the bay will also be limited to 2,000 per day from the previous 4,000-5,000.

Moreover, all boats are not allowed to access to the beach passing the coral reefs, he said.

Earlier the chief of the Hat Nopparat Thara� Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Mr Worapoj Lomlim has said Maya Bay at Phi Phi Island will be closed to all boats from June to September this year in order to provide much-needed relief to the coral reefs and marine eco-system.

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The increasing number of visitors has threatened the nature with coral reefs being destroyed by boat anchors, sea walkers and divers.

Survey along the coral reef and water samples were collected for laboratory test all showed the bay was severely affected, thus prompting the park to propose the committee to close the bay, he said.

Maya Bay has become the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi since the scene appeared in the Hollywood film The Beach in 1999.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)