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Thailand's Maya Bay made famous by The Beach to be closed to tourists indefinitely

But what has changed in the past decade is that fewer of us want to holiday at the expense of the environment or local culture. This price is based on two sharing and includes return international flights with Thai in economy class, regional flights in economy with all taxes and fuel surcharge included and all private transfers. Hotels dot the coastline with views out to distant Koh Phi Phi, where The Beach was filmed the tiny archipelago, sadly, should be avoided now, even for daytrips; it is ruined.

This majority-Muslim island has retained its laid-back culture and local traditions, and boasts the best beaches I came across on this trip.

Real Beach Where the Movie “The Beach” was Filmed

Daffy explains that he and other travelers settled there in secret several years earlier, but difficulties arose and he chose to leave.

There would be hunger pangs for a crisp crab salad or grilled squid with lime juice, while we slapped sandflies biting our ankles.

You might like. Thon Thamrongnawasawat is an ocean scientist and member of a government committee on environmental development. Voucher Codes. Since the Thai royal family started coming here years ago, Thailand's original beach destination has been the smart weekend getaway for Bangkok's so-called HiSo high society.

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The coastline varies wildly from unexceptional Ao Nang to the striking cliffs around Railay peninsula. Ayesha Hazarika. In , Thailand's Supreme Court upheld an appellate court ruling that the filming had harmed the environment and ordered that damage assessments be made. Used as a location for scenes in The Man with the Golden Gun one outcrop is even named "James Bond Island" , this is about as beautiful as it gets.

Thai Beach Made Famous in DiCaprio Film Closes to Tourists

Other Southeast Asian beach resorts have also come under threat because of continued increases in the number of visitors. Back to top. Cynics will say we are trying to relieve a guilty conscience in a part of the world where the monthly wage is probably less than the price of a massage. After getting locked out of his bungalow during a thunderstorm, Richard meets two American surfers who have heard rumors of the island, including huge amounts of cannabis supposedly growing there.

Contact Form. Delightfully, the forested terrain retains a sense of the rural and antiquated.

Dario G featuring Vanessa Quinones. Thanks for subscribing! While similar measures have been introduced on other Thai islands — in local authorities closed Koh Tachai — it is the first time tourists will be forbidden from visiting Maya Bay.

Thai Beach Made Famous in DiCaprio Film Closes to Tourists

Phi Phi Natural Resort. He also meets the eccentric Daffy, who tells him of a pristine, uninhabited and restricted island in the Gulf of Thailand with a beautiful hidden beach and lagoon.

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