Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Maya Bay (actually Maya Bay) withwhite beach and azure sea, fenced off from the outside world by a ring of mountains - this is the calling card of Phi Phi Islands in Krabi province. I note right away that it is Krabi, not Phuket at all, that is the administrative unit of Thailand, which includes a number of islands, including Phi Phi. You will find Maya Bay on Phi Phi Le - a desert protected island, where you will be taken as part of an excursion or a private tour. You, and a couple of hundred tourists who also read travel blogs and know that the most heavenly part of the movie “The Beach” with Di Caprio was shot on Maya Bay.

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About the film Beach with Di Caprio

If you were not born on planet Earth, or elseSomehow, Alex Garland’s The Beach (best-selling book, by the way) and the adventure drama The Beach based on Di Caprio, based on his novel, were overlooked, I can only envy you. Immediately watch the movie in good quality and with decent voice acting, and enjoy one and a half hours of philosophy, adventure, drama and tropical landscapes. The film was made in 2000, very close to the book, although much of what the author wrote remains in context, and I recommend reading it first.

Events in the book take place on Samui, Koh Phanganand Tao, and the film was shot in two provinces of Thailand: Krabi and Nakhon Ratchasima. In Krabi (Phi Phi Islands), the director shot scenes with a secret beach (Maya Bay), and a scene with a waterfall and a “leap of faith” in the Khao Yai National Park.

Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island

When I hired a private boat for 3000 baht andI moved to Maya Bay early in the morning, I thought that I would be the only one so clever, but I found no less than a dozen of such “ingenious” ones on the beach, and their number increased every minute. But anyway - it was at times less than the crowd, which begins here from 10 o'clock. But this did not upset me, but the fact that I missed with two important details: I was unlucky with the weather (it was cloudy) and didn’t see if it would be ebbing. By my arrival, the sea had gone half a kilometer from the bay, and my first meeting with Maya was completely different from the movie. At the bottom of the sand and bare heaps of stones, and thanks to the January smoke in the pictures everything turned out gray and inconspicuous. Such beautiful pictures as in March (the last three in the series of pictures below) did not work.

I was not very upset because in generalThe nature of these places is extremely beautiful. The incredibly picturesque Krabi rocks around the whole bay and the imagination make it easy to imagine how beautiful Maya Bay is in good weather. I originally didn’t have an end in itself to take a selfie on the beach - like I’m DiCaprio in paradise. If you want to see THAT BEACH, then you should take into account all my mistakes, and if this is not so important for you, and you can finish everything in your imagination, then you can not pay attention to what I wrote about tides. It is a pity, of course, that the weather on this day was promised clear, but in fact there was a haze, which is why all the pictures are not contrasting.

And another such moment. Early in the morning the sun does not fall into the bay because of the high rocks, so there is almost always a shadow. So, if the number of people doesn’t scare you, then you shouldn’t go at that early hour, because it’s much easier to get here with a tour from Phuket or Phi Phi, which come already at high sun. In short, if the number of people on your photos does not soar you, and the meaning of the trip is precisely in visiting the sights as a point in the holiday plan, then the scope for your actions will be much wider.

Maya Bay in January, at low tide

The Bay of Luo Sama, the second entrance to Maya Bay

The Bay of Luo Sama, the second entrance to Maya Bay

Rope ladder, on which to go all

Rope ladder, on which to go all

Entrance from the bay Luo Sama - one by one.

Entrance from the bay Lo Sama - one by one.

With a large number of tourists going on here unimaginable.

With a large number of tourists going on here unimaginable.

Passage through the inner isthmus between the bays of Luo Sama and Maya Bay

Passage through the inner isthmus between the bays of Luo Sama and Maya Bay

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio
Tent City and Rangers National Park Office

Tent City and Rangers National Park Office

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio
Maya Bay on Phi Phi - my best photo

Maya Bay on Phi Phi - my best photo

Maya Bay at low tide in January

Cove Maya Bay at low tide in January

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio
But the whole beach Maya Bey from the Beach movie

But the whole beach Maya Bey from the Beach movie

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio
Right (facing the sea), there is a small beach.

Right (facing the sea), there is a small beach.

View of Maya Bay from this beach

View of Maya Bay from this beach

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Maya Bay in March

Maya Bay in March, the very beginning of low tide

Maya Bay in March, the very beginning of low tide

Maya Bay, Phi Phi, March.

Maya Bay, Phi Phi, March.

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Bay, March, view from the left edge of the beach.

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Bay, March, view from the left edge of the beach.

Bay Maya Bay on Phi Phi - the whole truth about the beach from the movie with Di Caprio

Information to visit

May Bay's visit time is limited to light.during the day, although this place is considered a reserve and pack tourists come here from 10 am to 4 pm. You can still stay here (after purchasing a tour with an overnight stay on the island).

For this, more or less tolerable ones have been created.conditions: tent camp (500-600 baht) and even a few bungalows (about 2000 baht per night), with a cafeteria, shower, toilets and other light facilities of the tent camp.

Testimonials about visiting this camping leavewanting the best, as well as the reviews about Maya Bay as a whole. My main disappointment from visiting the bay is that it was overtaken by one of the main problems shown in the film “The Beach” with Di Caprio - people. People very quickly spoil the beautiful and good places of the planet. That is why such places need to be kept secret. The sooner you wake up and go on the road, the easier it will be for you to take pictures of a “lost paradise” without people.

Tips on how to visit to see paradise

I recommend only 2 options:

  • Overnight tour to get up early in the morning and see the beauty of Maya Bay as it is, without tourists and boats in the full horizon.
  • Take a private boat that is not tied togroup schedule and in general is not limited by anything, except for the total trip time - 6 hours. But here it is also necessary to plan everything yourself. I described my experience of such an excursion. in a separate article.

There is another option, take a tour of Phi Phi,which promises to visit the bay at a time when there are no crowds (banners on Phi Phi, supposedly Crowdy etchenshen, but we know the way out), but in fact it all depends on the responsibility of the organizers. Many put on it. And considering that “without a crowdy” is offered at every corner, I would not count on it much. If someone went like this, write pliz in the comments.

Tips:

  • Study the seasonality of tides inKrabi province (Phi Phi). It depends on what you see upon arrival: the azure lagoon or sandy bottom with stones. You can choose from the table the day when the water will be higher. But note that there will be a different time on each particular day, today the maximum water is at 5 am, and in a week at 3 pm (conditionally). Table for Krabi.
  • To minimize the number of people, do not swim there during the peak season: December-January-Ferval.
  • Remember the morning time when there will be a shadowThink about it or not. As an option, arrive closer to the sunset at 16, but how many people there will be is the question. And, I honestly do not know what's wrong with the shadow at this time.
  • Do not expect that the boatman or the organizers of group excursions take into account the time of tides, they do not care, the excursions are a continuous stream.
  • If you are going on a private tour, then askdisembarrass you from the side of the bay Lo Sami to pass along the isthmus and reach Maya Bay through dense thickets along the sandy path. Then there will be a wow effect that you will remember for a lifetime. I did it and it was awesome.

Want to see paradise - plan everything yourself. Or, just stay overnight, then you will surely catch, and the tide and ebb.

Maya Bay from the Isthmus

Maya Bay from the Isthmus

On the map

Maya Bay from the movie

Maya Bay from the movie
The same bay from the movie called "The Beach" with Di Caprio. The iconic landmark in Thailand. In the post described all the nuances of how to minimize the frustration of visiting this place.
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Maya Bay, Phi Phi, March.

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