Maya Bay ranked fifth-best beach in the world

Maya Bay ranked fifth-best beach in the world

Hollywood film Destination has recovered from the near-death practice of overtourism.

Maya Bay ranked fifth-best beach in the world
Helmet Noppharat Thara Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park is a popular Maya Bay in Krabi.

In a study conducted by London-based Beachatlas, Maya Bay, a well-known tourist destination in Krabi, was named the fifth-best beach in the world.

” Maya Bay, Thailand’s showstopper, boasts distinct blue waters, spectacular mountains, and beautiful white sand. It’s not just nature’s classic but even a Hollywood celebrity, thanks to The Beach and Leonardo DiCaprio”, said Beachatlas.

” Abruptly, everyone wants a chunk of Leo’s sanctuary, turning Maya Bay into the final bucket list place”.

Guests to Maya Bay must be acting at their best these days, though, because Thai authorities are determined to prevent another natural disaster that overtourism caused a few years ago.

Authorities announced in March 2018 that the beach may be closed to visitors for four months so that it could return from increased visitor numbers.

After research discovered that boat traffic and pollution had destroyed 80 % of the coastal reefs surrounding the sea, the shutdown was extended continuously. Following a significant treatment program, the bay was reopened to visitors in 2022, but rigid rules were followed to stop future abuses.

Bora Bora in French Polynesia topped the list, according to Beachatlas ‘ review of the 2024 Golden Beach Award survey, followed by Rock in South Africa, Waikiki in Hawaii, and Copacabana in Brazil.

Apart from Maya Bay, Pattaya Beach in Chon Buri and Railay Beach West in Krabi were ranked 12th and 66th, respectively.

Beachatlas, a company that specialises in seashore- related information, said it based its results on the votes of go experts and influencers from around the globe.

The awards, it said, are intended to showcase “destinations that offer unmatched natural beauty, vibrant lifestyles, diverse atmospheres, heavy- rooted community ties and significant cultural heritage”.