Maya bay to be off limits to tourists?
Last week we reported that Mosquito Island is now closed to tourists and we suggested that that was just the start.
Well yesterday authorities announced that Koh Tachai, an island in the Similan Islands national park will also be closed to tourists in order to maintain the natural beauty and resources, like the coral reefs. This tiny island has been suffering under the strain of up to a 1,000 visitors per day, many of whom leave behind their garbage. The island can’t cope with those kinds of numbers so this move is a positive one for environmental preservation.
There were also suggestions yesterday that Maya Bay in Phi Phi Islands will also be closed to tourists. This is another beach that suffers under the weight of thousands of tourists per day, 365 days of the year.
So, if you want to go to Maya bay in Phi Phi you better go soon, before it’s closed.
When the authorities close these areas they don’t do it for 6 months or a year, they do it indefinitely. There are areas of the Similan Islands that have been closed for since the 2004 tsunami. So go to Phi Phi now and you can say you were one of the last to visit.
Our preferred tour from Phuket to Phi Phi is the early bird day trip that beats the majority of the crowds.