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Tourists visit Maya Bay as Thailand reopens world-famous beach after closing it for more than 3 years


  • Maya Bay, which is surrounded by 100-metre (328-ft) excessive cliffs, lies on the island of Phi Phi Leh within the Andaman Sea.

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Thailand on January 1, reopened its world-famous Maya Beach, after closing it for more than three years to allow its ecosystem to recover from the impact of over-tourism.(REUTERS)

Thailand on January 1, reopened its world-famous Maya Beach, after closing it for more than three years to permit its ecosystem to get well from the affect of over-tourism.(REUTERS)

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This white sand beach was made famous by the 2000 film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio.(REUTERS)

This white sand beach was made well-known by the 2000 movie The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio.(REUTERS)

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It is only accessible by boats from nearby spots such as the islands of Phuket or Phi Phi, or mainland Krabi.(REUTERS)

It is barely accessible by boats from close by spots such as the islands of Phuket or Phi Phi, or mainland Krabi.(REUTERS)

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Authorities shut the whole of Maya Bay to the public in 2018, saying coral reefs and beach areas had been damaged by constant tourist activities. But since the start of this year, some visitors have been allowed to return.(REUTERS)

Authorities shut the entire of Maya Bay to the general public in 2018, saying coral reefs and beach areas had been broken by fixed vacationer actions. But for the reason that begin of this yr, some guests have been allowed to return.(REUTERS)

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To ensure it remains protected, authorities said only up to 375 visitors will be allowed to visit at one time and swimming will be prohibited for now. Boats will only be allowed to dock at a designated location at the back of the bay to avoid damaging coral reefs, they said.(REUTERS)

To guarantee it stays protected, authorities mentioned solely as much as 375 guests will probably be allowed to visit at one time and swimming will probably be prohibited for now. Boats will solely be allowed to dock at a delegated location in the back of the bay to keep away from damaging coral reefs, they mentioned.(REUTERS)

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourism accounted for about 12% of Thailand's economy and was a key driver of growth, with the country attracting 40 million visitors in 2019.(REUTERS)

Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourism accounted for about 12% of Thailand’s economic system and was a key driver of progress, with the nation attracting 40 million guests in 2019.(REUTERS)

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Mass tourism has usually come at a price to the setting in Thailand and different elements of Southeast Asian, with once-beautiful tropical seashores turning into polluted and strewn with rubbish.(REUTERS)

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