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
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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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Cosmopolitan791321
Houston, TX9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Overcrowded, mob scene.
No swimming in the water allowed
If you have nice shoes - do not leave them in the area where everyone leaves their shoes- ours were stolen.

Natural resource management leaves a lot to be desired, too many overcrowded tour boats herding the mobs like cattle.
Written 21 January 2024
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Joseph K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 12 January 2024
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LAMitchell
Glasgow, UK123 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Wouldn't bother going. We were here 17 years ago and could not believe the circus that this island has turned into. There are far too many visitors each day and should be restricted significantly. Also for the money that is being made on this island the toilets were absolutely disgusting. I nearly threw up with the smell. Not like that on other islands and no excuse when the National Park makes millions each year from tourist fees on this island. Also people eating and smoking where they shouldn't and Park Rangers just sitting on their phones instead of doing their jobs and making sure tourists are abiding by the rules. Far nicer islands in Thailand to visit. I would give this a miss
Written 6 January 2024
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Piyaphol A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Well, Nothing to explain. Give a word "heaven on earth". It's such a beautiful creature on earth. If you come to Thailand, you should never miss this place.
Written 6 January 2024
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Aleksandra M
Warsaw, Poland89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The place is absolutely stunning, the water like in paradise, but unfortunately too many people to really feel its atmosphere and beauty
Written 28 December 2023
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