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Maya Bay in Thailand
Written by Siddhi on November 14, 2022 Share on

Explore The Exotic Beauty of Maya Bay in Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Maya Bay located in the Phi Phi island is 100-metre high cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay there are several beaches, most are small and a few only exist in low water. The Maya Bay in Phuket is around 200 metres long with the limestone cliffs surrounding the bay and the shore lined with silky soft white sand, underwater exotic coral reefs and colourful fishes in exceptionally clear water. The whole bay is one big undiscovered reef.

Maya Bay in Phuket has become the foremost tourist attraction of Phi Phi since The Beach was filmed in 1999. People around the world who haven’t even heard of Phi Phi have heard of Maya Bay as the movie was filmed here.

Maya Bay in Phuket, Thailand
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The best time to go to Maya Bay is between November and April during the peak season when seas are calm and access to the bay is straightforward. Rough seas from May to October may hinder access but rarely deny entry.

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As it is so beautiful, many boats are required to ferry all the visitors in and out. On any given day at any time, there will be speedboats and longtail boats available on the beach, with large ferry boats carrying many visitors in the deep water. This beautiful bay is always crowded and to avoid the crowd visiting early within the morning or before 5:00 pm. Please note that if you visit the bay there’s a national fee charge of about 400 baht (approximately 900 INR).

Activities in May Bay
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Things to Do in Maya Bay in Phuket

Throughout the bay, snorkelling and diving are excellent, large underwater boulders are encrusted with exotic coral reefs and brightly coloured fish are numerous which is why this is one of the best spots in Phi Phi to snorkel and scuba dive and visitors are brought from Phuket & Phi Phi Don.

Sea kayaking is also popular. Kayaking tour boats inherit the bay and moor while letting clients explore.

Tour shops in Phi Phi Don have begun to advertise organised camping on ‘The Beach’, drinking is typically a part of the fun. Currently, camping is only permitted on alternate nights.

How to Reach Maya Bay in Phuket

Ferry boats can be availed from Phuket to Maya Bay tour or Maya Bay can also be accessed from Krabi through speedboat. Visitors should carry their own food. From Krabi Airport to Maya Bay the distance is roughly around 53 Kilometres and is about an hour drive.

Best time to visit Maya Bay in Phuket

Maya Bay can be visited anytime between November to April as the seas are calm. Also, reaching the bay gets easier during this period. The best timings to avoid crowds would be between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Entry fees For Maya Bay

There are no entry fees apart from the national park fee that is charged by Phi Phi Island of about 400 THB (approximately 900 INR) and there is also a discount of about 50% for children visiting Maya Bay.


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The Maya Bay has a lot to offer to the visitors and is a must-visit for all those visiting Thailand and especially Phuket. We at Pickyourtrail ensure our best travel experience is put into planning your vacation with lots of excitement. Start planning your Phuket packages or Phuket honeymoon packages or plan your complete Thailand trip package at Pickyourtrail for a memorable Thailand vacation!

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