This post was last updated on February 18th, 2020 at 01:08 pm
Maya Bay is the calling card of Thailand. Even though you have never been to Thailand, chances are that you have already seen Maya Bay Beach. In every travel magazine, on the internet, and in all “Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches”, the magical Maya Bay Beach will show itself!
Maya Bay Closed Until 2021
Maya Bay Beach remains closed until the end of 2021. Because of increasing damage to nature, due to the many visiting tourists (more than 4,000 per day), the government has decided to close Maya Bay until nature is restored. They set the date at 2021 but it could be even longer, no one knows for sure.
Most Famous Beach in Thailand
Together with Railay Beach, Maya Bay is the most beautiful beach in Thailand. The beach is on Koh Phi Phi Leh, the smaller brother of Koh Phi Phi. Koh Phi Phi Leh is located in the Andaman Sea and is uninhabited. Perhaps that is precisely the power of this beautiful beach.
The beach is not free. You have to pay a 400 Baht (US $13) entry fee.
This stunningly beautiful bay is protected by 100-meter high, green-covered cliffs on three sides. In this bay, which is unreal and beautiful, there are several beaches. Most are small and some only exist when the tide is low.
The beaches here are characterized by the white sand, exceptionally clear water, colorful coral, and impressive rocks. It is one big paradise for beach lovers.
Movie: The Beach
You may not know the name Maya Bay Beach, but the movie The Beach, with Leonardo DiCaprio, was shot here on this beach. Although Maya Bay Beach was already popular among the Thai people, the beach became world famous after this film came out. Almost everyone who traveled to Krabi, Koh Phi Phi Don, or Koh Phi Phi makes a trip to this beautiful bay.
Relax, Dive or Snorkel at Maya Bay Beach
Although almost everyone comes here to enjoy the surroundings and a day in the sun on the beach, there are more things to do besides sunbathing. You can also enjoy excellent snorkeling and diving here.
With colorful coral, various tropical fish, and the bizarre clear water you can entertain yourself for hours under water. Many diving and snorkeling tours are arranged from Phuket, Krabi, and Phi Phi Don. In addition to diving and snorkeling, you can also do sea kayaking here.
TIP – Please note that it is busier in the high season (November to March).
Where to Stay Near Maya Bay Beach
You cannot spend the night on Koh Phi Phi Leh and, therefore, not on or around Maya Bay Beach (in the past this was possible). You can book an overnight stay at Maya Bay Sleep Aboard. This way you will sleep on a boat off the coast (3,000 Baht, US $97.45).
Expect beach bars and hostels such as those on the beaches of Koh Phangan or Koh Phi Phi. There is (fortunately) little accommodation available here. There is a small joint that sells food and drinks.
Tour operators from Koh Phi Phi Don have started organizing camping trips but this is still minimal.
Best Time to Visit Maya Bay Beach
The best time to visit Maya Bay is between November and April. This is the high season and there is less rain and the sea is calm which facilitates diving and snorkeling. The sea gets rougher from May to October.