Maya Baythailand Following months of speculation and unofficial reporting, Tourism Authority of Thailand has confirmed that Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has announced the temporary closure to visitors of Maya Bay in Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park for a period of four months commencing 1 June 2018.Ko Phi Phi’s famed Maya Bay will undergo a ‘much-needed rejuvenation’ from 1 June to 30 September 2018, the DNP announced, with access to Maya Bay strictly off limits during that period. Boats will be banned from entering the bay in front of the beach, or from dropping anchor at nearby Loh Samah Bay. Travellers can still catch a glimpse of the Bay’s stunning beauty, made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie ‘The Beach’, at a 400-metre distance, or between the two cliffs that form a natural entrance to the lagoon. But this will be strictly supervised and carefully monitored by the DNP.During the four-month period, the DNP will undertake a coastal and marine environment quality evaluation study on the condition of reef and beach resources, environmental control, and tourism management. This is to properly determine measures for environmental sustainability of Maya Bay during future off-tourist seasons.