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Maya Bay Named Third ‘Best Beach in the World’

Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island in Krabi named the third “best beach in the world” by Lonely Planet.

The beaches of Thailand are in the spotlight again. The world-famous travel publication Lonely Planet has named 20 of the world’s best beaches, with Thailand’s Maya Bay coming in third. Maya Bay is a beach hidden behind a limestone cliff, part of Phi Phi Island, in Krabi, a southern province of Thailand. The stunning bay is surrounded by limestone cliffs and boasts turquoise water and silky soft sand.

The location became instantly famous throughout the world after the movie The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, hit the cinemas in 2000. Maya Bay is a must-go beach surrounded by breathtaking nature.

Getting there: From neighboring Ko Phi Phi Don, take an early morning boat tour (20 minutes each way) to beat the crowds. Alternatively, it’s reachable by speedboat from Phuket and Krabi.

iThailand''s conic Maya Bay was closed but has finally reopened to visitors after four years of closure, and is making strides towards its sustainability goals with new visitor rules.

After the entrance to Maya Bay was barricaded in 2018, it was thoroughly cleaned of rubbish; and trees, plants and coral were planted. Next, work began on installing an entirely new tourism infrastructure in and around the bay. A boardwalk, an effort to limit damage to sand and plants, was constructed, and future visitors will reach Maya Bay via a floating dock located behind the karst cliffs, meaning that boats will no longer be allowed to anchor in the bay itself. There will also be a designated area in the bay for swimming.

And perhaps most importantly, the park has decided to cap the number of visitors to Maya Bay.

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