With the current state of beaches in Thailand, it might be a good idea for tourists to stay at a Sukhumvit hotel and enjoy the city for the meantime. Maya Bay, which gained its popularity in 2000 after the release of the Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie The Beach, is one of the best examples of the effect of tourism on the natural resources of a country. The beach is located in Koh Phi Phi Ley which is an island in the west of Thailand. Maya Bay welcomes around 4,000 tourists everyday and despite the rise in tourism, it has costs the beach a lot.
Saad Lazrak, a Moroccan tourist, noted how crowded the beach is that it is has gone to a bad point.
This is the same in a number of beaches in Southeast Asia. As the government struggles to keep up the main economic drivers of the country, they are also plagued with a number of environmental problems such as beaches filling with trash and the degradation of natural resources.
After decades of opening its arms to the public, Maya Bay will be closing from the month of June until September. According to announcement from officials, the decision came to be in order to save the coral reefs in the area that have already suffered a great deal of damage.
Boracay, one of the most popular beaches in the Philippines, is also closing for six months starting on 26th of April. The closure was announced by the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, and the main reason is because the sewage of the businesses is being dumped to the sea.
In Bali, the government of Indonesia announced the need for a garbage emergency because of the amount of trash collected at coastline spanning six kilometres. The problem came into public notice when Rich Horner, a British diver, posted a video of him swimming in trash.
In Thailand, the health of the corals is their main priority as it has been affected by tourism. Aside from the beaches, the tourists can enjoy a room in Sukhumvit hotel and discover the beauty of the city for the mean time.