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Thursday, 13 July 2017

What They Don't Tell You About Maya Bay

Maya Bay, the beautiful secluded beach situated in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, is a must-visit. You may recognise it from the popular blockbuster 'The Beach' featuring Leonardo DiCaprio - the film that brought the entire world's attention to the beautiful bay. The beach boasts crystal clear turquoise waters surrounded by a dramatic mountain backdrop and soft white sands. If I didn't tell you that it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, I'd be lying. If you are travelling round Thailand, make sure you do not miss out on visiting this incredible beach. However, there are a few things that you should know before visiting... 




1. You must pay 400 baht (£10) to enter Maya Bay.

Maya Bay has National Park status, meaning that there is an entrance fee to visit the beautiful beach. This can seem like a bit of a scam, especially as you will have already paid for a boat to take you over there - but there is nothing you can do and you have to pay it. Make sure you have the money ready and, although it is a lot, it is worth it in my opinion.

2. You have to swim and climb up a net in order to enter and leave the bay. 

This is a very important factor that you are not warned about when going to visit Maya Bay. In order to get to the bay, your boat will drop you off near the entrance and it is up to you to then swim to a big net and climb up it yourself to the entrance. The waters can be a bit rough and I would be lying if I said that the net isn't a bit of a challenge. It is also quite rocky so watch out! If you are travelling with older or younger people, this is definitely something to take into consideration. I personally would have preferred a more elegant and simple entrance, but Lewis loved the exciting and slightly challenging swim to the ropes and enjoyed the adventurous climb.


3. The bay is not enclosed like in the film 'The Beach'. 

In the film the beach is completely secluded and closed off, making it a 'secret' beach. The real beach itself is actually not closed off. The only difference between the film and the real beach is that the filmmakers used CGI to edit a rock into where the bay actually opens out. This really does not affect the beauty or expectations of the beach, though, it is just worth noting!

4. It will be very busy. 

The busyness of Maya Bay is completely inevitable following the success of the film. Don't go expecting to have the bay to yourself, in fact it is worth expecting to have hardly any room to yourself. Everyone visiting Koh Phi Phi wants a slice of Maya Bay (and who can blame them?) so the beach and waters get very crowded and busy. Luckily, we visited in low season which meant that there weren't too many people there - but still a lot.

5. You can only visit Maya Bay as part of a tour unless you pay for a private taxi boat.

There are two ways of visiting Maya Bay. The first option is to take a private taxi boat to the bay, however this is very expensive to do. Most taxi boats quote 1500 baht (£35) to take you to Maya Bay from the main beach in Koh Phi Phi, and then you must pay the 400 baht (£10) entrance fee on top of this. A better option is to visit Maya Bay as part of a tour. Tours are offered and promoted everywhere around Koh Phi Phi. For just 400 baht (£10) each, Lewis and I found a tour that took us to Monkey Beach, the Viking Cave, a few beautiful bays, provided us with snorkeling gear, lunch and breakfast, and finished on the beautiful Maya Bay (I will be writing a blog post all about the tour soon!). This was definitely worth it as we got to visit many other places and also saved a lot of money.

... Maya Bay will, however, be one of the most beautiful places you see in your lifetime and I would 100% recommend visiting to everyone. For more information on what to expect from a Maya Bay boat tour, read my What To Expect: Koh Phi Phi Half Day Boat Trip post.

21 comments:

  1. These photos look gorgeous! I'd love to visit Thailand one day x

    Everything But The Kitchen

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  2. The net to climb in looks slightly terrifying! I have no upper body strength so it would take me all day just to get in!

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  3. So glad I read this, we're heading to Phi Phi this winter with a toddler and a baby, and it totally wouldn't be suitable for us to bring them here just because of the net. I never knew about that!

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  4. Maya Bay has been on my bucket list for such a long time! The net climbing seems so adventurous and Neverland-ish, but at the same time, I'd probably freak out and get stuck on it! Glad you had a good time visiting :D

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  5. Oh wow Maya Bay looks incredible! I have Thailand on my bucket list so this will have to be a place I visit. Those waters so so clear and very pretty

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  6. Absolutely love these pictures! We considered moving to Thailand recently too x

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  7. Oh my goodness what an absolutely beautiful looking bay to visit, what an interesting way to leave and enter having to swim and climb the net!

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  8. Wow what a stunning place to visit! Thailand is such a beautiful country

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  9. The photos are breathtaking! What kind of food, if any, did you enjoy there?

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  10. Climbing up the net is really cool! But it's annoying that you can only got there as part of a tour or a private hire boat...

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  11. How wonderful! I had no idea Maya Bay existed, looks fantastic! :)

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  12. That tour sounds like such a good deal but I'd worry a bit about the swim/ climb to enter the beach x

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  13. We love Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach and would love to visit that beach one day. Its so iconic!

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  14. Been reading a lot about this too. The island is really such an amazing place! Would love to visit this too.

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  15. This is so interesting to read!
    I will 100% be visiting Maya Bay when I go to Thailand one day, but I would never have known these facts :)

    Dani x

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  16. I went to Maya Bay back in 2012 and had an amazing time there! I'd definitely go back again x

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  17. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I've always planned to go here. I had no idea about the net entrance and I'm not sure I would like that!

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  18. The entrance to the beach looks a bit scary. I am afraid if heights so I'm not sure it I could do it. I've heard before that the beach can get very busy because of the movie.

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  19. I hope you had a great vacation, the beach looks like a paradise, thanks for the post :)

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  20. Such useful information, thank you for sharing. I've been to Thailand but never visited Koh PhiPhi. Personally, I think it's great that it's a national park and tourists are charged entry, I'm sure it helps keep the beach clean and the parks in good condition.

    Abigail Alice x

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  21. Thailand has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and I hope to be able to visit Koh Phi Phi in the nearer futur. I never knew about any of these facts, so thanks for this useful post! And I'm glad to hear that you had a good time there:)

    xx, Valeria

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