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AMAZING MAYA BAY BEACH THAILAND – Full Guide

Maya Bay Beach Thailand; Sleep aboard, sharks and tour

The amazing Maya Bay Beach Thailand is one of the most stunning destinations to visit in Southeast Asia. A location of breath-taking emerald water, stunning Thailand beach and in the awesome location next to the popular Ko Phi Phi island. This epic destination has been made popular by The Beach movie which stars Leanardo Dicaprio, to be fair it is a sweet film. Also, this amazing place is famous for the black-tip sharks, the viking cave, Pileh lagoon and some of the best dive locations in Phi Phi.

The Maya Bay is a stunning place to visit however, one question always popping up now – is Maya Bay beach closed? I will share all the information you need for visiting here and anything you need to do to be able to see this awesome bay in the Phi Phi islands .

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A complete guide to Maya bay Thailand. Including the overnight board boat and where to stay on Phi Phi

Let’s look what’s included in this post;

  • Is it closed?
  • Sleep aboard
  • Tours
  • How to get here from Phuket
  • Where to stay 
  • Where to next

Is Maya Bay Phi Phi closed?

When The beach film got released, the bay became one of the most visited beaches in the world and backpackers flocked from all over the world to see its amazing beach. However, the quality of the beach soon spiralled out of control and it quickly became ruined with rubbish. It really is a shame when tourists ruin these stunning destinations of the world.

So, is Maya Bay Beach still closed? Yes, Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) decided that this top Thailand beach will actually stay closed indefinitely. Which is good thing in my eyes, this would quickly become ruined again by tourists. The same thing happened to Boracay beach in the Philippines, however that beach is back open now.

Maya Bay Beach Thailand sharks

Wow, the sharks are back! Yes that’s right, Maya bay sharks are back exploring the crystal-clear waters. The sharks was disappeared and it’s no wonder with the millions of tourists that headed to Phi Phi Ley to visit Maya Beach and the stunning bay.

It was not an unusual site to see 100’s of boats flocking into the bays with tourists. However, all this is has banished with the new ban that has been set in places. Fast-forwards to nowadays, no long-tail boat or any other boat are allowed to cross a certain point in the bay.

So, with fewer boats visiting the bay, the black-tipped sharks are now starting to make an appearance again. This is good to see for the nature to take its natural course and get back to how it used to be.

If you take a tour around Maya Bay beach, you may have a good chance of spotting one of the black-tipped sharks that circle in the waters around Phi Phi Ley.

The Sleep aboard

If you want an awesome experience, you can do the Maya Bay sleep aboard, which is exactly what it says. A boat that you sleep on the visit the beach. However, due to it being closed, you will only have the opportunity to get within 90-metres of the beach, but this is all you need to appreciate it.

Let’s look at an example itinerary;

  • Check into the harbour office on Phi Phi Don at around 2:30pm
  • Visit the Viking cave first (awesome place to see)
  • Possibly visit Pileh Bay, Loh Sama bay, Monkey beach and Loh Moo Dee beach. You will get to do some sweet snorkelling in Phi Phi dive locations
  • Eat some real-tasty Thai food at around 6pm and then have a few beers and what the glorious Phi Phi sunset
  • You will see the Maya Bay on the sleep aboard
  • Wake up and have breakfast, coffee and tea on board. And, then get taken back to Phi Phi Don

Make sure to take with you the usual; A towel, change of clothes, mosquito spray and any other bits like a camera etc.

You can book the Maya Bay sleep about here.

Maya Bay Tours

If you want to do a tour, you can take a public or private boat tour from Phi Phi island. This is a great way to visit the amazing bays and beaches around Phi Phi.

You can pay to have a driver take a group of your around the bays and visit the popular stop off points like;

#Maya Bay

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#Monkey beach

This is where you will get to leave the boat and meet some monkeys on monkey beach 🙂 Just becareful with your camera. I have heard stories of the monkeys taking camares etc. But, it’s an awesome experience.

the awesome monkey beach on Phi Phi ley

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#Viking cave

This is another real cool place to visit on the Phi Phi boat tour! You can’t actually go into the cave, but it’s cool to see. Also, you have the chance to do some snorkelling at the viking cave.

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#Pileh Lagoon

This is by-far one of my favourite destinations in Thailand, it is unbelievable how stunning it is! The emerald crystal waters and the amazing limestone will blow your mind! Maya Bay is amazing but Pileh Lagoon is up there with it.

You will have the chance to swim in here if you take a boat tour around Phi Phi.

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If I was you I would try and take the private boat tour, as the public boat in Phi Phi is not as good, still fun though!

So, how much is the boat tours? A private boat tour can cost you ($20) between four people and a public boat can cost ($10 upwards).

If you choose the private boat, you will be taken around the islands in a classic Thailand long-tailed boat, it’s a cool experience. Also, the boat tour will last for about 3-4 hours and this includes snacks and drinks.

If you’re on a budget you may want to do the public boat tour around the Phi Phi island and Maya Bay. We did private tour as there was 4 of us, so if you can find a few people to all put the money together, then go for the private option.

Maya Bay from Phuket

Do you want to do a tour from Phuket to Maya bay? Then you’re in look as this is a possible option, I would recommended staying on Phi Phi overnight, but if you don’t have time, here is how to do a day trip to Maya beach.

You can pay for a tour in Puket, then the tour will take you on a 90-minute boar tide from Phuket to the bay in Phi Phi Ley. Which is the smaller island of the 2 Phi Phi islands and this is a great option if you’re short on time. You could also get a tour to the stunning Phang Nga Bay in Thailand.

Okay, so how much is a tour from Phuket to Phi Phi Ley? The cost of a tour from Phuket to Phi Phi is around ($40) for adults and children. But it’s worth the price, it’s amazing

Let’s have a look what this includes;

  1. Pickup from your hotel in Phuket.
  2. Tour to Maya beach, Viking cave, Monkey beach and other tourist points around the Phi Phi islands.
  3. Lunch and drinks.
  4. Drop off back at your hotel.

You can book this awesome tour here 

Where to stay on Phi Phi

This is plenty of amazing hotels and beach bungalows on Phi Phi. This is why this top Thailand island is one of the best backpacking and honeymoon destinations in the world! A backpacker can stay in a hostel on Phi Phi for less than ($10) a night. Also, you can get beach rooms on Phi Phi with some of the best views of the sunsets in Thailand. So, let’s look at some of the best places to stay on Phi Phi;

  1. Beach Bungalows with a view
  2. Backpacker’s Hostel
  3. Mid-Range Place to stay

Where to next?

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