One of the most famous of favorite destination for tourists worldwide, Maya Bay off Phi Phi Island is going to be closed for four months.
The measure is being taken in order to preserve and restore the natural ecosystem of the coral reef below which has been greatly affected with the expanding number of tourists each day of the year.
The officials seemed at a shortage of ideas to enforce the restriction which officially starts from June 1 and to prevail till October 1. According to plan, which was made last year, even after the prohibition lifts 2000 visitors per day will be allowed to visit the bay. According to sources, an e-booking facility is to be initiated to control the number of visitors.
An alternate plan to access Maya Bay during the prohibition had been suggested earlier. According to the plan tourists can disembark the boats in Loh Samah Bay, opposite to the island and take a jungle walk to see Maya Bay at distance of 400 metres. This plan too seem a bit uncertain as for natural reservation issues, no boats are allowed to drop anchor at Loh Samah Bay and the promised floating dock is yet to be made.
Hat Nopparat-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Chief Worapoj Lomlim explained, “Right now this floating dock in Loh Samah Bay is in the process of design and construction by a private company. I can’t give specific details of the dock to the public right now, but I can confirm that the floating dock will be built from strong and environmental materials. It will be strong enough to be stable during storms and strong waves and it will definitely not cause any harm to reefs. It will take time to build this in the (southwest) monsoon season. It will be finished as quickly as possible”.
On being asked about the restrictions after October 1, Park Chief Worapoj said, “Right now there is no e-ticket system for anyone to use. Anyone who wants to visit the area can just do it the old way and buy a ticket with a tour company. We don’t have an online system for registered tour operators and boat owners.
We haven’t got that far yet. Also, I can’t confirm ticket prices or where or how tickets will be available. We need to hold more meetings so we can come to some conclusion about it later.”
Source : The Phuket
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