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Maya Bay from the film The Beach is open to visitors

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Thailand’s world-famous Maya Bay has resumed welcoming visitors after a three-year break for nature rehabilitation

Maya Bay has been open to tourists since the New Year, but visitors must apply in advance for a visit and are limited to 4125 per day. In addition, the visit is for just one hour without bathing, Thai Public Broadcasting said.

Representatives from 80 tour operators and private guides from Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and Phangnga provinces took a tour of the bay this week to familiarise themselves with the rules and requirements that visitors must comply with, otherwise, violators face fines.

Guides and tour operator representatives were pleased with the improved environmental situation and natural ambience of the bay after more than three years of closure for rehabilitation, said national park director Pramote Kaewnam.

Maya Bay is open to visitors daily from 7 am to 6 pm. There are 11 one-hour runs of 375 visitors each to visit the bay. A special app can be used to book your visit.

Swimming is prohibited due to the presence of over 100 blacktip reef sharks and rare lobsters (panulirus versicolor) in the bay. However, visitors will be able to walk around or relax on the white sandy beach.

Boats are not allowed to enter the bay or drop anchor. They must dock on the opposite side of the island where the pier is built and tourists must walk a short distance to the bay itself. Guides should learn the rules and requirements for visitors and pass on the information to their clients, said Sukhon Nuchui, president of the Krabi Provincial Guides Association.

Maya Bay gained worldwide fame after the bay was featured in the Hollywood adventure film “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2000.

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