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Three alternatives to Maya Bay

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“Stop complaining and take tourists somewhere else – National Park officials.”

National parks officials, looking after the Phi Phi islands, say there are plenty of other great locations to visit besides just Koh Phi Phi Ley’s Maya Bay. They were responding to complaints from both tourists and tour operators.

Tour operators say that the move to indefinitely close the famous bay to tour traffic will affect their livelihood. Tourists, on the other hand, are complaining because they’d already made plans to visit the region and booked Maya Bay tours based on the information that the attraction was re-opening in November.

Songtham Suksawong, the Director of the National Parks, says there are at least three other excellent locations – Pileh Bay, Koh Hong and Lo Moo Dee Bay – equal in beauty and well worth a visit. He has suggested to disgruntled tour operators to reschedule visits to these areas and market their beauty instead of complaining about Maya Bay’s ongoing closure.

He also dismissed any rumours that they’d capitulated to demands from tour operators and would re-open the Bay on November 1.

The local National Park agency that controls the Koh Phi Phi archipelago is going to promote the other three destinations whilst setting limits on visitor numbers as it grapples with controlling the future of tourism to the fragile eco-system.

Maya Bay exploded onto the world’s tourist map following the 2000 Hollywood film “The Beach”. Adding to the location’s popularity was the rise of Chinese tourism over the past 5 years. Maya Bay was one of those ‘must see’ locations and tour boats were delivering up to 6,000 people a day in the year before the bay would be closed down to tour boats on June 1.

Officials say that tourists were unwittingly killing the attraction with love, trudging sand from the beach back onto boats which would wash off onto the frail corals underwater. The beach was also disappearing under the weight of so many tourists.



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Maya Bay’s extended closure “vital to conserve the ecology”

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Maya Bay’s extended closure keeps the wraps on one of southern Thailand’s most popular tourist attractions.

Worapot Lomlim, chief of the Hat Nopparat Thara Phi Phi Islands national park confirmed this week that he might keep Maya Bay closed for up to five years to allow the current recovery to continue.

The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has agreed to extend the closure of Ao Maya, or Maya Bay, located on one of the Phi Phi islands between Krabi and Phuket, for another six month period after an initial 10 month closure to allow nature to regenerate the ecosystem.

The Chief reports that the local ecological systems of Maya Bay, degraded by years of accelerating tourist traffic, has steadily improved during the current closure. Up to 5,000 tourists a day were visiting Maya Bay at its peak before authorities weighed up the pressures of the conservationists and tour operators and decided it was best to close the popular tourist attraction for an extended period

He cited the frequent sightings of blacktip reef sharks near the beach and the gradual growth of some 23,000 corals farmed at a coral centre in Trang province, which were planted in the Bay with the help of volunteer divers.

After the next six-month extended closure, Khon Worapot indicated that the department will consider extending the closure for an even longer period, up to 4-5 years, to allow full rehabilitation of the environment and the ecological system.

Maya Bay was closed to all tourist access on June 1, 2018.

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Up to 5,000 tourists a day were visiting the Bay at its peak

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Man found with drugs at Krabi checkpoint

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A man has been arrested with methamphetamine pills at a checkpoint in Krabi today. He was stopped at the checkpoint because his girlfriend wasn’t wearing a bike helmet.

The Krabi City Police arrested 22 year old Atsadawut Nuisuchon who was driving his motorbike past a checkpoint in Krabi city centre today. He was found with 20 methamphetamine pills.

Police stopped him as his girlfriend wasn’t wearing a safety helmet. Atsadawut fled the scene but left his motorbike and girlfriend behind.

Police followed him and arrested him within half an hour. He and his girlfriend were taken to Krabi City Police Station for further legal action.

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Fake 500 baht banknote found in Krabi store

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A fake 500 baht banknote has been discovered at a convenience store in Krabi.

Police headed to the store in Mueang Krabi District after they were notified of the dodgy 500 baht note.

43 year old Maimunoh Somsa, the store manager, was waiting for police with the item in question – a very good copy of a 500 baht Thai banknote.

The manager told police that at about noon on Wednesday there was a woman buying cigarettes and a lighter for 72 baht. She handed over the 500 baht banknote. The staffer didn’t realise at that time that it was a fake. It was later discovered long after the woman had made her purchase.

Police are continuing their investigations to find the suspect and track down the source of the fake note.

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