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Good news for tourists: Phi Phi's famed Maya Bay to reopen in January - but restrictions apply


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Daily News said it was time for tourists to pack their bags and head once again for Maya Bay on the island of Koh Phi Phi in southern Thailand. They said this was good news.

 

The bay has been shut for several years after damage caused by mass tourism. 

 

Yesterday a high level delegation headed by environment minister Varawut Silpa-Archa visited to inspect the bay and the bridge linking it to the Losama bay behind it.

 

Varawut said there had been technical delays but that Maya Bay would likely reopen to tourism on January 1st 2022.

 

But boats will not be able to access the bay directly. About 8 speedboats at a time will moor at Losama Bay then tourists will walk to Maya Bay.

 

Tourists will be able to stay just one hour each and visits will be limited to 300 people each time. 

 

A special swimming area has been cordoned off - those wishing to enter the water can do so in a 50 meter area up to about waist height only, said the minister. 

 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

But boats will not be able to access the bay directly. About 8 speedboats at a time will moor at Losama Bay then tourists will walk to Maya Bay.

A step in the right direction, manage tourist numbers not pack them in like sardines and kill the attraction.

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