Thai Beach from Leonardo DiCaprio movie Closes

A Thai beach made famous by the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach will stay closed indefinitely to give its ecosystem time to recover. Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, was closed for four months in June, in a bid to salvage the area’s coral reefs, which have been damaged by warmer temperatures and a flood of thousands of tourists. Up to 6,000 visitors have visited the beach every day, which was made popular in the movie, most tourists traveling by speedboat and other motorized transport. Apparently a“four month” closure was not enough, at least a year or even up to two years or maybe more for the environment to recover — this includes the coral reefs, mangrove, and the sandy beach which was covered in litter. Tourism makes up about 12 per cent of Thailand’s economy…..Ed
Source: Panarat Thepgumpanat Panu Wongcha /Photo: INTANA PANYAARVUDH

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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