ThailandBoats will not be able to enter the bay and tourists will be kept off the famous beach

Maya Bay to reopen with restricted access

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In future boats will not be able to moor in Maya Bay and visitors will be restricted to boardwalks.
In future boats will not be able to moor in Maya Bay and visitors will be restricted to boardwalks. Photo Credit: watcharakorn malithong/GettyImages

PHUKET – Thailand’s iconic Maya Bay at Koh Phi Phi in Phuket, is expected to welcome tourists again by November 2020.

Maya Bay was closed to tourists in June 2018 by Thailand’s Department for National Marine Parks due to the concerns about the impact of mass tourism on the environment.

The revitalisation of the area includes a US$200,000 wooden pier and mooring at Maya Bay’s back entrance for speedboats and long-tail boats.

The new pier is expected to accommodate a maximum of eight boats at a time, with the number of boats being able to stop each day to be limited.

An elevated boardwalk, a designated walkway for tourists, will allow access to Loh Samah Bay and onto a viewing platform at Ao Maya.

In future, tourists won’t enter the bay by boat and they won’t walk on the beach.

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