The Destruction of Koh Phi Phi

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

Tourism has been on the rise for over a decade and it appears that nothing is standing in its way of growing even more. While prosperous to the local economy (it accounts for 20% of Thailand’s), it has often been detrimental to its ecology and its environment.

That is the reason why Maya Bay––a gorgeous beach off of the island of Koh Phi Phi––has been closed for over a year, and will continue to be shuttered for at least 2 more years.

This isn’t an isolated incidence; tourism does come with its downsides. And at a certain point, intervention is critical to protecting the ecosystem that relies on that habitat.

Forbidden Paradise

Maya Bay is world famous for its breathtaking cove. You might have seen it in the 2000 DiCaprio flick The Beach.