However, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation announced today that the bay would remain closed for the foreseeable future, as the local marine ecosystem will require more time to recover. “The ecosystem and the beach’s physical structure have yet to return to its full condition,” said the agency. Closure will remain in place ‘until natural resources return to normal’.
Maya Bay is part of Thailand’s Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, a hugely popular draw for tourists, and one that was expected to see up to 2.5 million visitors this year, a rise of half a million compared with last year. The beach’s popularity is due in large part to its use in the famous film.