Due to the ecological problems, that have been caused by mass tourism, the government of Thailand has prohibited overnight stay on the Similan islands. The ban only excludes licensed scuba diving companies.
From the 1st of January, the number of daily visits will be limited to 3325, and ships with capacity over 100 visitors will be banned.
50 Nautical miles north-west of Phuket this beautiful archipelago is located in the protected Mu Koh national park, and the daily intake of tourist exceeds 5.000 tourists daily, who enjoy the beaches, and the lively coral reefs.
During the last few years this archipelago has become the victim of its own popularity, and the once untouched sea life has started to show signs of degradation
Thailand government is fighting to return the degraded ecosystem to its former glory, and so the Maya Bay beach is closed indefinitely , when the Maya Bay beach opens again, the government will impose daily quotas of only allowing 2000 visitors to the island, with other measurements hat are needed in order to preserve the eco system.