Beautiful Maya Bay Is “The Beach”
Have you seen the movie “The Beach” starred by the ever famous Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio?
The movie is about a group of young people who wants to escape the reality of life and accidentally discovered a spectacular island paradise.
The place featured in that movie is the then not so famous Maya Bay.
What to see
This stunningly beautiful bay has become the main attraction of Phi Phi since the movie “The Beach” was filmed in 1999. Maya Bay offers different activities that tourists will definitely enjoy. Snorkeling, diving and kayaking are the most popular activities for tourists.
Diving and snorkeling is best throughout the bay which large underwater boulders are covered with corals and numerous radiantly colored fish. Tourist will definitely enjoy the silky soft white sand and extraordinary clear water of several beaches along Maya Bay.
Most of the beaches are small and some only appears during low tide but the main beach is about 200 meters long sheltered by 100-meter high cliffs on the sides.
Tour guides and local tour shops offer fun activities such as drinking, partying and camping packages on “The Beach”. It is considered as a national nature reserve in Thailand and if you go there on your own, there is a fee of 200 baht. Phi Phi island has no airport, no stores and no hotels. Tourists are advised to take a lot of food and drink before traveling to the island.
There is only one way to get to Phi Phi Island and the reason why is because it is a National Park in Thailand.
Maya Bay is situated on the island of Phi Phi Ley. Phi Phi is situated in Krabi Province in southern Thailand.
Phi Phi is only 40km from Phuket and follows a similar climate with average temperatures around 75°F to 89°F (24°C to 32°C) year round.
The best time to visit Phi Phi is November to March when humidity and temperatures average 28°C and cool breezes keep things comfortable.
During the high season from November to April, seas are calm and access to the bay is easy that is why it is recommended to visit during this season.
All visitors have to ride a ferry boat in and out of Phi Phi Island and that is the only way to get to Maya Bay. There is no accommodation in Phi Phi Island where Maya Bay is located and is only accessible during the day by boat.
You can also rent private boats that can carry up to 4 people that can tour around the island in about 3-4 hours which costs about 1500 baht.
Tour packages costs from 500 baht to 1000 baht which includes visit to Maya Bay and other islands of Phi Phi. Guided tours depart daily from Phuket and Krabi by speedboat.
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