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Maya Bay, Phi Phi Island Is Closing Soon | Phuket Thailand 2023

28 Jun, 2023

The Thailand National Park Authorities have announced that as of the 1st of August 2023, Maya Bay Phi Phi will close.

In an expected repeat of the closing of Maya Bay, Phi Phi for two months last year (2022), The Thailand National Park Authorities will again be using this time to check and assess the effects of tourists being on the beach and how the systems, which were put into place after COVID is working out. They will also be assessing the impact on the environment, both in the bay and on the land.

Maya Bay Beach will close from the 1st of August 2023

It will reopen on the 1st of October 2023

*As of writing these are the current dates, they may and could change.

Maya Bay, Phi Phi is one of the best and most beautiful beaches in Thailand IF, not the world.  The Bay was featured in the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio which was filmed over 23 years ago.

Maya Bay became worldwide known after the 2000 film “The Beach” which was an adventure drama film directed by Danny Boyle, based on the 1996 novel by Alex Garland.

There was some controversy during the making of the film, with the production team accused of landscaping some of the beach and removing some of the coconut trees to make it more like the descriptions in the book.

Maya Bay Beach was closed for over 2 years (2020 – 2022) by the Thai Government to help the ecosystem recover as it had become ruined by over-tourism. It reopened back in January 2022 with new rules and regulations that helped to manage the tourists and how they access the bay.

Some of those new rules and regulations:

  • Not allowing boats to close into the bay and drop anchor.
  • Guests must be dropped off at a newly built pier and stairs.
  • Number of guests visiting each day is restricted.
  • Not allowing anyone to swim in the waters or even go too deep into the sea.

Is the closing of Maya Bay a good thing?

Very simply – YES, it is!

If you still wish to visit Maya Bay our 5 Star Marine Phuket tours are still going to Phi Phi. You can see Maya Bay from a distance and get a stunning picture of the beautiful bay.

Then head to the awesome Pileh Lagoon ( Also a location used in the movie The Beach). Check out the monkeys on Monkey Beach. Snorkel with Blacktip reef sharks, visit camel rock, and all the other wonders that are Phi Phi.


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