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Don’t hold out hope for a visit to Maya Bay anytime soon.

After temporarily closing in June of 2018 – and closing to tourists indefinitely in October – the previously popular tourist destination on Thailand’s Phi Phi Leh island will likely be closed until 2021.

Officials cite the need for the local ecosystem, specifically the coral reefs, to recover after extreme tourism took its toll on the environment.

“Four months’ closure was not enough,” Songtham Sukswang, the director of Thailand’s Office of National Parks, told Reuters when instituting the indefinite closure of the beach in 2018. “We need at least a year or even up to two years or maybe more for the environment to recover — this include[s] the coral reefs, mangrove and the beach.”

Maya Bay, which was featured in “The Beach,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Danny Boyle, had reportedly seen a surge in visitors since the movie was released in 2000 — at times more than 4,000 visitors per day, the Associated Press previously reported. Other estimates put that number at closer to 5,000 per day. As a result, the coral reefs reportedly suffered, and sea life began to disappear.

 

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