Ahoy Pirates, yesterday I drove past Maya Bay, where members of the government and employees of the national park were on an inspection tour; today, I got the official news: Maya Bay will be opened to tourists again!
The bay on Phi Phi Leh (Thailand) was made famous in 2000 by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie "The Beach" and experienced an immense rush as a result. The numerous anchoring boats destroyed the coral reef in front of the beach, and the bay was closed a good three years ago. In the meantime, the reef has recovered somewhat, and even reef sharks have been sighted again.
Now the decision of the Thai authorities: From January 1, 2022, tourists will once again be allowed on the beach of the bay, although some regulations will be in place.
Instead of an average of 5,000 visitors per day that were allowed in the past, only 1,800 will be able to enter, and they will only be allowed to do so during specified time windows. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., each visitor can stay for a maximum of one hour.
Boats will no longer be allowed to enter the bay but will have to dock at the back of the island at the specially built jetty (nearing completion), and only eight boats at a time (48 per day instead of the previous 200).
Swimming is only allowed in a specially demarcated zone.
Important: This is only an estimated opening date; changes are still possible.