Koh Phi Phi Leh, Thailand - Maya Bay

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Maya Bay is a stunningly beautiful bay that's sheltered by 100-metre high cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay there are several beaches, most are small and some only exist at low tide. The main one is around 200 metres long with silky soft white sand, underwater colourful coral and exotic fish in exceptionally clear water; the whole bay is one big reef.

Maya Bay has become the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi since The Beach was filmed here in 1999. It was always very popular before the film but now people around the world who haven't even heard of Phi Phi have certainly heard of Maya Bay.

The bad news; as it's so beautiful and so well known many boats are required to ferry all the visitors in and out. On any given day at any time there will be 30 + speedboats and longtail boats on the beach, with large ferry boats carrying hundreds of snorkelers and sightseers moored in deeper water. Beautiful it is, secluded it isn't – thousands of people visit each day. Try to visit early in the morning or after 17:00 and you'll avoid the crowds.

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  1. meseontour 25 months ago | reply

    amazing, the beach!

  2. riosmom03 24 months ago | reply

    Fantastic Shot!

  3. Bob Hopkins Wildlife Images 24 months ago | reply

    Great image David, wonderful perspective...

  4. federico.paul 24 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot !!

  5. MarsW 24 months ago | reply

    I think I've commented before on this wonderful scene and marked it as a fave - wish I could fave it again lol!!
    I would love to replicate this shot when I go in June for one month!

  6. colourmeblu99 24 months ago | reply

    You are an Amazing Photographer! Love your work :)

  7. tie Z 24 months ago | reply

    awesome!!blue skies,clear water,green plant..all this mixed of nature colour is really awesome..love it

  8. GIO_CRIS 24 months ago | reply

    This shot is absolutely beautiful, my friend!! Bravo. Happy day.

  9. XPAT-Polska 23 months ago | reply

    Fabulous image.

  10. henric6 23 months ago | reply

    Beauty Thailand Island Phuket

  11. Fr@nk// 23 months ago | reply

    Red, white and blue, but not the Dutch flag :-)

    Very, very beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Grtz, Frank

  12. dnieper 23 months ago | reply

    Absolutamente espectacular tanto el encuadre como el color

  13. museque 18 months ago | reply

    sounds lie an amazing place

  14. gio.dino3 9 months ago | reply

    C'est super beau !

  15. oselincordero 6 months ago | reply

    Perfecto ÚNico paisaje

  16. oselincordero 6 months ago | reply

    Bello sueÑO de glorÍA.

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