Maya Bay
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The world famous Maya Bay, location of the film “The Beach” starring Leonardo Dicaprio, located in Phi Phi Ley, with white sandy beach, surrounded by gigantic limestone cliffs and coral reefs.
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  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, United Kingdom1,319 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Beach
    Still beautiful despite crowds. Pick your tour wisely as despite government regulation, there are still crowds. We were literally the last boat of the day and it was beautiful to see the beach which is so famous in the film. The only downside was we saw so many wannabe instagram influencers taking ridiculous photos and also one idiot went in the sea. Thankfully there is a lifeguard whistling at people going wrong. Still, a must do in phi phi.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2023
  • hannah p
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach
    The most beautiful beach I have ever seen, you must visit Maya Beach. The sand was white like powder and the water was so clear, we were lucky enough to see fish and baby sharks. You can only go into the water up to your knee to help protect the sea life and coral. We arrived around 09.00 am and it was the perfect time too go, it wasn’t overcrowded. If you go too early there are lots of people and if you arrive from 10am it get very busy and it’s hard to enjoy the beach
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Joseph K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most beautiful beaches (if you can overlook the crowds)!
    Maya Beach is hands down the most stunning beach I've ever visited, a must-see for sure. The sand is as fine as powder, and the ocean water is crystal clear. We were even fortunate enough to spot some fish and baby sharks. To preserve the marine life and coral, you're only allowed to wade in water up to your knees. We got there around 09:00 am, which seemed like the ideal time – not too crowded. Arriving earlier means more people, and after 10:00 am, it starts getting really busy, making it less enjoyable to relax on the beach.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 January 2024
  • Ruchira Khandelwal
    New Delhi, India197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heaven on Earth!
    The most stunning beach I have ever visited. One should not escape this island when in Phuket. White powdered sand, Crystal clear sea. One can clearly sea baby sharks and corals. Highly recommended!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 January 2024
  • CheekyKB
    Newcastle, United Kingdom301 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Wow, travelled here as part of a trip and was not disappointed by the beach itself. Absolutely stunning. You can't swim here as it's a National Park but you can paddle and have pictures taken. Definitely a tourist location so can only stay a short while. Worth a visit to see it's beauty but an hour or so s long enough.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Yann Renaud
    Switzerland811 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place to visit... and respect
    The beach in itself is wonderful. There are a huge number of tourists, even though less than I would have expected. The facilities for tourists on the island, especially the toilets, are dramatic. I would be better to close them. The beach is, however, definitively a place to visit, as long as it is respected.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Russell3939
    Castle Rock, Colorado856 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of this places
    We have had the opportunity to travel a bit. I haven’t said it very often but this was one of the places I said to my wife everyone should have the opportunity to see this once in their lives. I thought it was stunning. Yes, there are a lot of people here. If you go into with that understanding, it can be enjoyed. If you are concerned about the people, do a sunrise tour. This is what we did. We used Simba Sea tours(5 stars) and got here around 7:30a. There was probably 100 people on the beach already. I would like to have seen the water with the sun already in it which would be around 930. We left at 830 and it was packed. I just thought be whole bay was stunning. You will get dropped off on the other side of the island. You have a 5 minute walk to the bay with some stairs if that is an issue for you. There is a small viewpoint before you get to the beach which is worth a picture. You are only allowed to get into the water up to your knees. We saw a woman go for a swim and she was fined immediately with 100,000 baht. The lifeguards enforce this fined right there. The sand feels so amazing. What a lifetime experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 March 2024
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Crazy_Jim_83
London, UK1,239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We came here mid April around midday and shared the beach with about ten other people. It was a beautiful view. No facilities there but the sea and sand were perfect.
Written 17 April 2024
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pangalin
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Words can not describe the beauty of this place,no photos do it justice.Had the pleasure of visiting thursday 11th april 2024 and blew my mind.But be warned unfortunately tourism cram people in so getting there early better as gets very crowded on 200mtr walkway to the cove,but has to be visited highly recommended 😀
Written 14 April 2024
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Russell3939
Castle Rock, CO856 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We have had the opportunity to travel a bit. I haven’t said it very often but this was one of the places I said to my wife everyone should have the opportunity to see this once in their lives. I thought it was stunning. Yes, there are a lot of people here. If you go into with that understanding, it can be enjoyed. If you are concerned about the people, do a sunrise tour. This is what we did. We used Simba Sea tours(5 stars) and got here around 7:30a. There was probably 100 people on the beach already. I would like to have seen the water with the sun already in it which would be around 930. We left at 830 and it was packed. I just thought be whole bay was stunning. You will get dropped off on the other side of the island. You have a 5 minute walk to the bay with some stairs if that is an issue for you. There is a small viewpoint before you get to the beach which is worth a picture. You are only allowed to get into the water up to your knees. We saw a woman go for a swim and she was fined immediately with 100,000 baht. The lifeguards enforce this fined right there. The sand feels so amazing. What a lifetime experience.
Written 20 March 2024
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Kim M
Ampang, Malaysia4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My family just returned from a day trip that included a stop at Maya Bay that made us want to turn around and return to our hotel. In 20+years of travelling I have never witnessed such a spectacle of overcrowding. Long queues of speedboats continuously dropped hoards of people and then the masses descended along a boardwalk to the bay. While the bay is unquestionably stunning, any pleasure that may have been possible was negated by the hundreds upon hundreds of people crowding the beach and posing for pictures. Upon returning to dock, we needed to wait well beyond our pick up time as boats waited to squeeze in. There were guides shouting into megaphones and the whole atmosphere felt like a circus. I completely agree with protecting this natural treasure, but measures should most certainly should include drastically limiting the number of daily visitors. Not a pleasant experience at all!
Written 20 March 2024
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Thaksina B
Bangkok, Thailand9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
It’s actually a beautiful place but the management quite not good enough to let millions tourists get on the bay. We had only short time to relax
Written 7 March 2024
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sdrm2016
Bethesda, MD153 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Skip the stop at this island at all costs. Worst experience of 10 days in Thailand. Way overcrowded, stuck walking in raised paths, can only stand ankle deep at the beach. Disgusting bathrooms. 200 m line to floating dock to wait for your boat to leave. No one in our group found anything redeeming from this stop.
Written 28 February 2024
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Faten Tito
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It was good but unfortunately we couldn't enter the national park and walk to maya bay... I do recommend to check the weather before booking any trip..
Written 14 February 2024
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Yann Renaud
Switzerland811 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The beach in itself is wonderful. There are a huge number of tourists, even though less than I would have expected.
The facilities for tourists on the island, especially the toilets, are dramatic. I would be better to close them.
The beach is, however, definitively a place to visit, as long as it is respected.
Written 30 January 2024
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CheekyKB
Newcastle, UK301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Wow, travelled here as part of a trip and was not disappointed by the beach itself. Absolutely stunning.
You can't swim here as it's a National Park but you can paddle and have pictures taken.
Definitely a tourist location so can only stay a short while. Worth a visit to see it's beauty but an hour or so s long enough.
Written 25 January 2024
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Ruchira Khandelwal
New Delhi, India197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The most stunning beach I have ever visited. One should not escape this island when in Phuket. White powdered sand, Crystal clear sea. One can clearly sea baby sharks and corals. Highly recommended!
Written 21 January 2024
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