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Post by yartims » October 5, 2018, 4:57 pm ... index.html

(CNN) — Travelers hoping to visit famous "Maya Bay" in Thailand are going to have to wait a while longer to take in its creamy white shores and towering limestone cliffs.
The popular day-trip destination was due to reopen this month following a temporary tourist ban.
But on Tuesday, Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) announced the bay will remain closed indefinitely.

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Post by stattointhailand » October 5, 2018, 5:05 pm

Authorities are considering closing Pattaya indefinitely fearing a tourist invasion following a film on Playboy TV suggesting that naughty things went on there :shock:

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Post by Drunk Monkey » October 5, 2018, 5:08 pm

stattointhailand wrote:
October 5, 2018, 5:05 pm
Authorities are considering closing Pattaya BEACH indefinitely due a turd and used sanitary towel invasion following a film on Playboy TV suggesting that naughty things went on there :shock:
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Post by yartims » October 5, 2018, 5:29 pm

The stretch of coast made famous in Danny Boyle’s movie The Beach is to be closed indefinitely, following years of environmental damage from tourists.

Maya Bay, on the island of Ko Phi Phi Leh in Thailand, had attracted more than 5,000 tourists every day, and as many as 200 boats.

Thai authorities closed the bay in June this year, with plans to keep it closed for four months, but that has now been extended to a minimum of a year, according to The Guardian.

“We have evaluated each month and found out that the ecological system was seriously destroyed from tourism of up to 5,000 people daily,” said Songtam Suksawang, the director of the national parks department.
Maya Bay (Credit: AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

“It’s very difficult to remedy and rehabilitate because its beach was completely destroyed as well the plants which cover it.”

According to reports, Thai authorities had been reluctant to close the area, as it brings in as much as £9 million in tourist revenue.

But it’s said that as much as 80 percent of the natural coral in the area has been destroyed by boats, tourist litter and the use of sun cream, which then washes into the sea.

After Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Alex Garland’s cult novel was released in 2000, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, a fervent environmental activist, Maya Bay became one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Thailand.

The production itself was fraught with controversy in the following years, with allegations that the landscape was altered, with dunes moved, plants and bushes removed to widened the beach area, and ‘alien’ palm trees not indigenous to the locality planted to make the shooting set more ‘paradise-like’.

20th Century Fox was named in lawsuits which were later brought by environmental groups.
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Post by yartims » October 11, 2018, 10:01 pm

10 beaches in south-east Asia that haven’t been ruined by tourism
The Telegraph Lee Cobaj,The Telegraph Wed, 10 Oct 09:19 BST

Maya Bay, made famous by The Beach, has been closed thanks to damage from overtourism. But there are plenty of unspoiled alternatives - This content is subject to copyright.

Like many a Hollywood star before it, Maya Bay, made famous in the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster The Beach, has become victim of its own success. Over the last five years, its blonde bombshell of a beach, circled by a curtain of wavy limestone mountains and kissed by dazzling jade-green waters, has attracted nearly 10 million people. But as of last week, it's closed indefinitely to allow the corals and marine life to recover from the devastating effects of overtourism.

Initially, the plan was to close Maya Bay from June to October 2018 so that it could heal. But you don't need to be a marine biologist to know that that was never going to be enough time for a full recovery. Having lived in Phuket, I have seen how the high-season crowds can overwhelm the delicate environment. On my last visit to Maya Bay, I headed to the famous cove not long after sun-up in the hope of getting ahead of the 5,000 holidaymakers that hit the beach daily. But by 8am, barely a square foot of sand was visible and dozens of long-tail boats were parked three-deep along the shore. The engine noise was deafening and the surface of that luminous green water was shimmering with sunscreen and gasoline. It was not an enjoyable experience.

“With so many long-tail and speed boats arriving every day, plus ferries pulling for photo ops, we've seen the shallow corals dying off,” said Klaus Thumm, long-time resident and owner of H2O Sportz Phuket. “On top of that, visitors are urinating in the sea – thousands of them - and most of the boats use marine toilets, which they also dump into the water.”

Mr Thumm added, “Hard corals grow very slowly, at a rate of just 1cm to 3cm a year. It could take years for a full recovery.”

Happily, Thailand – and its neighbours - have dozens of beautiful beaches worth seeking out. We've compiled a list of some of our favourites. Whichever new hot spot you hit, be responsible by removing all of your own rubbish, don't abscond with seashells or sands and use an ocean-safe sunscreen such as All Good Sunscreen Butter (£7.50) – no one wants a repeat of Maya Bay.

1. An Thoi Islands, Vietnam

The diamond-shaped island of Phu Quoc in the far south-western reaches of Vietnam flew under the tourist radar for years. Today much of its shimmering shores come with a construction site soundtrack and increasing beach traffic. But just off the south coast a slice of Eden remains. Pack a picnic and hire a boat from Phu Quoc's port to take you the mesmerising An Thoi Islands, a speckling of 15 isles, secluded coves and colourful coral reefs almost completely devoid of humans.

The Holiday Place ( has seven nights staying at JW Marriott Phu Quoc from £1,099, B&B, including flights from Heathrow and transfers.
2. Tai Long Wan, Hong Kong

Three-quarters of Hong Kong is greenland, home to bird-filled wetlands, mountainous parks, secret waterfalls and golden beaches. The finest of these is Tai Long Wan, a bow of fine sands and opal-green waters coiled in sub-tropical rainforest. It’s at the end of a seven-mile hike, so bring supplies. And if you don't want to trek back, walk to neighbouring Ham Tin beach and jump on a speedboat to the seaside village of Sai Kung for £15.

3. Khlong Rahan, Thailand

The island of Koh Kood on Thailand's eastern seaboard is beautiful, which makes it a miracle that it has remained relatively untouched by tourism. More than a dozen beaches frame the island, each a vision of crystal waters, icy-white sands and tranquil tidal pools, but if you want to ensure the only footprints on the beach are yours, seek out Khlong Rahan's brush of baby-soft white sands. The only company you're likely to have are the hermit crabs which scuttle back and forth.

4. Sok San, Cambodia

You can always find a quiet spot on Sok San, also known as Southwestern Beach, which unravels across seven sandy kilometres on the island of Koh Rong, swaying in the Gulf of Thailand below Cambodia's Sihanoukville Province. From shore, slip straight into an aqua wonderland of seahorses, diamond fish, goat fish and grumpy-looking grouper. In the evening, bioluminescent plankton will flicker and dance in a glitter-fest of light. The tiny star-like creatures are more sparkly the darker it is, so avoid a week around the full moon.

Koh Rong looks out over the Gulf of Thailand Credit: ©communar -
5. Binh Lap, Vietnam

Naval base turned island idyll, Cam Rahn Bay, on Vietnam's eastern flank, is pinch-me perfect – jungle-painted isles, screenwash-blue waters, snowy beaches, and barely another person in sight.

The entire bay is speckled with sensational island beaches, such as Binh Tien, Binh Hung and Na Cu, but the most enchanting of them all is the secluded Binh Lap, a lick of sands dotted with large shiny boulders – more Seychelles than South-East Asia.

6. Pink Beach, Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines

The Philippine archipelago is made up of 7,640 islands. Parakeet-green mangroves blended with baby-blue waters and salmon sands paint a fantasy backdrop on Pink Beach on Great Santa Cruz. The rosy hue is the result of billions of bits of red organ-pipe coral eroding into tiny fragments, scarlet chunks of which can be seen as the sand slips through your fingers. Visitor numbers are restricted (arrange entry through the local tourist board) and facilities are few (pack a picnic) which makes it the perfect spot.

7. Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi, Malaysia

Tanjung Rhu is far and away the most beautiful beach on Langkawi: three kilometres of broad ivory sands fronted by a glassy aquamarine seascape punctuated with dramatic limestone karsts. A handful of high-end resorts, including the Four Seasons Langkawi, are set around this public beach but day-trippers are few, giving the entire stretch the feel of a private escape. If you're looking for something to do, swathes of shadowy mangrove forest frill its edges and make for fabulous kayaking.

8. Tubkaak, Thailand

It's only 20 kilometres along the coast from Krabi but feels a world away from the millions of tourists that descend there every year. White sand swirls along the shore forming dipping pools and Insta-perfect sandbanks. Long-tail boats wrapped in rainbow-coloured ribbons bob along the luminous green Andaman Sea. Flag one down for a ride over to nearby Hong Island where you'll find another, magnificent M-shaped beach and a secret lagoon hidden deep in the rainforested interior.

9. Don Daeng Island, Laos

Beaches don't get much more secret than Don Daeng's in the wilds of landlocked Laos, which only materialises in the November to April dry season as the Mekong River recedes. Recognised by Unesco World Heritage as as Cultural Landscape, the entire scene looks like something from a 19th century watercolour painting; wide sandy banks, rickety bamboo bridges, baby-faced novice monks puttering past in wooden boats, rice fields swaying on the hills above. The swimming is wonderfully cool and refreshing but stick close to shore to avoid deceptively strong currents.

10. Palua Tiga, Malaysian Borneo

A gorgeous 20-minute wind-in-your-hair boat ride from the Sabah mainland lies a cluster of small islands which burst to the surface as mud volcanoes in the late 1800s. Two centuries later, they were made famous as the setting for the first series of both the British and American versions of the TV show Survivor. And while not exactly a secret, the island's earthy beauty remains intact. There's plenty of vibrant marine life – fan corals, parrotfish, green turtles - to keep snorkelers happy, while inland there are warm gooey mud pools for a DIY spa.
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Re: thai beach closes indefinately due to movie status

Post by mech_401 » October 12, 2018, 10:12 am

in order for sustainable tourism to continue , you
have to put some of the profits back into preserving the ecology. and 100's speedboats don't help

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