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Made famous by the movie, “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Beach in the Andaman Sea has for many years been a chaotic place, lined with selfie-taking tourists and crammed full with speedboats.

On any given day, numbers of visitors multiply by the minute as boats pour in and out of the bay, dropping off more and more bodies to sunbathe and snorkel.

Starting June 1st, however, the bucket list Thailand hotspot Maya beach will be blocking its shores to visitors temporarily – in hopes of restoring the pristine, empty shores as seen in DiCaprio’s film.

Maya Beach, part of the Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park will be closed from June 1 to September 30, 2018, for a four-month rejuvenation program, as ordered from Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has stated that boats will not be allowed to enter the bay in front of the beach or drop anchor on Koh Samah Bay. Instead, travelers can see the bay between the two cliffs that form a natural entrance to the lagoon, under the strict supervision of the DNP.

During the four-month period, the DNP will undertake a coastal and marine environmental quality evaluation study on the condition of reef and beach resources and give the coral reefs and sea life a chance to recover. “This is to properly determine measures for environmental sustainability of Maya Bay during future off-tourist seasons,” TAT said in a statement.

This is the first time Maya bay has ever been shut- although environmentalists have been pushing the move for years, as Ko Phi Phi National Park sees as many as 2.5 million visitors on an annual basis. The move is part of a global rethinking about unrestricted tourism- which despite bringing big dollars, damages historic sites, harms the environment and often alienates locals. Tourism-driven nations are now beginning to balance profits and resources.

In April, the Philippines began a six-month closure of the popular Boracay Island- to clean the once-pristine waters from wastes, which came from the hundreds of establishments on the island.