• 10 photos that show how thousands of partying tourists destroyed one of Thailand's most famous beaches forever

    16 days ago - By Business Insider

    On Tuesday, Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation announced that its famous Maya Bay will be indefinitely closed to tourists .
    Known for its clear turquoise waters, white sand, and lush, towering cliffs, the bay served as a filming location for the 2000 movie, "The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
    Since the film's release, Maya Bay has seen a massive influx of tourism - often up to 5,000 visitors a day, DNP director Songtam Suksawang said. According to Suksawang, this unending wave of travelers has "seriously damaged" the bay's ecological system...
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