Thai bay made fa­mous in ‘The Beach’ shut

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BANGKOK AFP MAY9, 2019-The clo­sure of the glit­ter­ing Thai bay made fa­mous by the movie “The Beach” has been ex­tended for an­other two years to al­low a full re­cov­ery of its corals and wildlife, an of­fi­cial said Thurs­day, draw­ing a sharp re­buke from the tourism in­dus­try.

Maya Bay, ringed by cliffs on Ko Phi Phi Ley is­land and sur­rounded by azure waters, was made fa­mous when it fea­tured in the 2000 film star­ring Leonardo Dicaprio. It was shut last June by Thai au­thor­i­ties due to wor­ries the white-sand par­adise was suf­fer­ing from the pres­sure of thou­sands of day-trip­pers ar­riv­ing by boat.

Thon Tham­rong­nawa­sawat, advisor to the De­part­ment of Na­tional Parks, told AFP “the res­o­lu­tion of the De­part­ment of Parks yes­ter­day is to ex­tend the clo­sure of Maya Bay for an­other two years to al­low its ecology to fully re­cover,” he said.

Au­thor­i­ties say be­fore its clo­sure Maya Bay was be­com­ing over­whelmed by tourists (AFP)

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