Thailand: Famous beach to close

Phi Phi’s famous Maya Bay is to be closed this year for the first time after ‘critical’ damage to corals due to a tourist boom, according to eTurbo News.

Tourists will not be allowed on to the beach – the main location of the film The Beach, and known for its lush greenery and clear water – between June and September, ahead of the high season.

Coral damage at Thailand’s popular holiday destinations has reached critical levels due to the booming tourism industry.