Thai beach made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio reopens after coral reefs recover

Due to the success of the 2000 Hollywood film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, based on the novel of the same name by British writer Alex Garland, this quaint Thai place was on the verge of ruin

Coral reefs and marine life around Maya Bay have benefited from a break from tourists (

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Maya Bay was once known only to a handful of backpackers who sought it as an escape from the tourist trail.

But due to the success of the Hollywood film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, in 2000, based on the novel of the same name by British writer Alex Garland, this quaint Thai place was on the verge of ruin.

After three years of closure, imposed to save its coral reefs from tour boats and rubbish, Thailand’s most famous beach on Koh Phi Phi Island will reopen on January 1st.

After the film was released, around 5,000 visitors a day came to the beach, which is 250 meters long, 15 meters wide and can only be reached by boat.

It was only supposed to close for four months, but the period has been extended to allow coral reefs to recover from damage.

In addition to replanting corals, efforts have been made to prevent erosion by replanting trees and grass along the beach.

Leonardo DiCaprio starred in The Beach, filmed in Maya Bay
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Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine biologist at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, said he believed the waters would improve due to a booming shark population.

Only 300 tourists are allowed to be on the island for a maximum of one hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You will be taken to a single pier away from the beach.

Only eight boats per day are allowed to take snorkelers into the water, but they are not allowed to land on the beach.

More than half of the world’s coral reefs have been lost in the past two decades and more than 90% are expected to die by 2050.

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The warming of the water, which is making the oceans more acidic due to rising carbon dioxide levels, threatens coral reefs with extinction.

Reefs are some of the most productive and diverse ecosystems in the world and are home to approximately 25% of all marine life, including more than 4,000 species of fish.

They first appeared 500 million years ago, but it took at least 10 years to recover after being bleached by warmer water.

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