Made popular by The Beach" movie, Maya Bay offers breathtaking view and is one of stunning beaches in Koh Phi Phi. Explore like locals with this travel guide.
This is a world-famous beach, made popular by the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. There is a reason why this beach was featured in an ultra-famous movie, and that is its breathtaking view.
What you will never miss is the beautiful colour of the waters and how the beach is surrounded by majestic cliffs. To top it all off, there is also the beautiful azure sky. It is no doubt one of the most stunning beaches in Phi Phi. It is also one of the most photographed places in Phuket. Therefore, being able to snap your own photo would be awesome.
How to get there:
The only way to get to Maya Bay is by boat. Most of the time, tourists come here with a tour group on one boat. If you are not with a tour, but come in a group, it is good to rent a private longtail boat for the group. This way, you get to move at your own pace at Maya Bay. There are also speed boat rentals which are a little more expensive than the long tail boats.
What to do at Maya Bay:
Snorkel the bay and take lots of photos! The Maya Bay is just one part of the Phi Phi Island. There are more things to do around the area. However, at the bay itself, it is a must to bring your snorkelling gear so you can enjoy watching the fish in the water. There are also wild animals around, mostly monkeys, that will keep you entertained. Remember, do not feed them! Maya Bay is one of the most photographed places in the area and it is paramount that you take a few shots of your own.
What you need to know:
First thing you need to know is that Maya Bay always has a crowd. Therefore, it is important to plan the time you come to the bay in order to avoid the crowds. The suggested time to go to Maya Bay is really early in the morning or after 5pm.
It is also advisable to bring plenty of water on your trip. You will probably spend about half a day in the area so it is good to have water with you all the time. After water, a mosquito repellent is the second most important item you must have. It is quite impossible for anyone not to get bitten.
If you do not come with a tour, there is an entrance fee of 400 baht. With a tour, the package usually already includes the entrance fee. However, you must beware of extra charges they might call “tax”. Always check with your tour group that everything has been paid for with no extra taxes.
Maya Bay is temporarily closed till 2021 due to ecological recovery. Please check before visiting.