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Thailand orders temporary closure of beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio

AP
Published Mar 28, 2018, 8:24 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2018, 8:24 pm IST
Maya Bay will be closed to all visitors annually for four months starting this June.
Thailand orders temporary closing of  beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Thailand orders temporary closing of beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio. (Photo: Pixabay)

BANGKOK: Authorities in Thailand have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists.

Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all visitors annually for four months starting this June to allow for the recovery of the island's battered coral reefs and sea life. The decision to keep visitors away was made Wednesday by Thailand's National Parks and Wildlife Department.

 

Many Thai marine national parks are closed from mid-May to mid-October, but because of tourist demand, Maya Bay has remained open year-round since a Hollywood crew set foot there in 1999 to film the dark backpacker tale based on a novel by Alex Garland.

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