Islands in Krabi to temporarily close for restoration

Following last week’s announcement that Krabi’s Maya Bay will close from August to September, other outdoorsy spots in the province also plan to temporarily close for restoration. The Mu Ko Lanta National Park has announced in a legal notice that several islands in its area will close from May 16 to October 14.

The islands to close are Rok Nai Island, Rok Nok Island, Hngai Island, Hah Island, Hin Daeng Hin Muang, and Khao Mai Kaew Cave. Mu Ko Lanta’s legal notice says the closure will help with tourism management, as well as time for the islands’ environments to recover. The park’s office will close from June 1-30.

Meanwhile on another Krabi island, Koh Phi Phi Leh, the famous natural site Maya Bay will close from August to September, also to help recover its wildlife. The bay just reopened in January after closing in 2018, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, because of how much tourism had damaged the ecosystem.

The Minister of Natural Resources said that even though the ministry had taken strict measures to limit the number of visitors to Maya Bay, over 3,000 visitors came every day during Songkran. The ministry allows 380 tourists per hour to visit the island, and requires them to book trips there in advance. The ministry has banned swimming in the bay.

Maya Bay’s 3 year closure was successful at bringing back plant and animal species that had disappeared due to tourist overrun. The most notable animal to return to breed in the bay is the blacktip shark.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express


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