MAYA BAY, Thailand (CBS NEWS) — Maya Bay, Thailand, is thought the world over because the impossibly lovely location for the 2000 film “The Seashore.”
It is among the most generally photographed locations on Earth on Instagram.
However its jagged cliffs and crystal clear turquoise waters attracted hundreds of thousands of vacationers who ruined the bay and its marine life.
Now, after being closed for greater than three years, Maya Bay has re-opened — with a makeover for the social media age.
Till 2020 Maya Bay, was a tranquil island jewel off the coast of Thailand.
Then Leonardo DiCaprio confirmed as much as star within the film “The Seashore.” That kicked off a flood of vacationers which quickly spelled catastrophe for Maya Bay.
Jostling tour boats, mobs of sightseers and swimmers coated in sunscreen introduced noise, litter and air pollution that destroyed the bay’s marine life.
Confronted with out-of-control boat and vacationer visitors – and dying coral reefs – the Thai authorities made the arduous choice to show Maya Bay principally from a seaside right into a backdrop.
First, they closed it for 3 and a half years…to let nature recuperate.
The federal government additionally re-wrote the foundations to guard the atmosphere – and provides vacationers what they need: a trophy image.
Boats at the moment are barred from the bay. Passengers now arrive behind the island then comply with a boardwalk to the seaside the place the brand new guidelines are enforced by park rangers.
That is Maya Bay re-imagined for the social media age — however nobody’s complaining. They’re too busy getting the right photograph for social media.
Suthep Chaiakhaot, the bay’s warden, mentioned the positioning is anticipating a busy spring.
Chaiakhaot mentioned greater than 4,100 folks go to the bay every day.
Early indicators say coral is slowly recovering and reef sharks – which hadn’t been seen for years – are again.