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‘The Beach’ takes a break from tourists

- Travel · The Simpsons · Andaman Sea · Leonardo DiCaprio

A Thai beach made fa­mous by the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach will stay closed in­def­i­nitely to give its ecosys­tem time to re­cover, au­thor­i­ties said on Tues­day.

Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh is­land in the An­daman Sea, was closed for four months on June 1 in a bid to sal­vage the area’s coral reefs, dam­aged by warmer tem­per­a­tures and a flood of tourists. Up to 6,000 vis­i­tors had gone to the beach ev­ery day.

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