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(ANSA) – BANGKOK, Jan 05 – The Thai beach became famous for the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi Leh, reopened to the public two days after being closed for more than three years: the decision by the Bangkok authorities to allow the ecosystem to regenerate After the damage caused by mass tourism.

“Maya Bay is back in good shape,” said Environment Minister Faraut Silpa Archa, announcing the reopening of the site that had been closed since June 2018. . of aquatic animals.

Access to the stunning bay surrounded by limestone rocks up to 100 meters high will remain regulated. The restrictions include hourly visitor limits, and the bodies of tourists will have to stop at a pier located at the back of the island, so as not to damage the reef. Bathing will also be prohibited.

Currently, due to restrictions in place during the Covid emergency, the number of tourist arrivals in Thailand is a tiny fraction compared to the approximately 40 million tourists touched before the pandemic.

A subsidized program requiring tourists from a list of 63 countries to quarantine overnight in hotels was suspended on December 22 due to concerns over the Omicron variant, stifling the sector’s operators’ hopes of budding off peak season. After two years on his knees. (Dealing).

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