Phi Phi Ley was used as the backdrop for the 2000 film "the beach" starring leonardo de caprio when Phi Phi Maya was made world famous. Today Maya Bay is swarming with boats and ntourists and no longer has the quiet peace and tranquility of a deserted island. Fortunately Ko Phi Phi is protected by its status as a national park and this will hopefully protect the islands from over-development in the future.

Since the tsunami devastated Ko Phi Phi in December 2004 there has been a mad rush to get tourism on the islands back on its feet. But after the destruction and tragedy of ruined lives, many were thinking that this could be a new, better start for Ko Phi Phi. With most of the tourist facilities destroyed, it was time to plan for a lasting - sustainable - future. In the first few months after the tsunami there were early warning signs that making money would take priority over planning the islands' long-term future. A rapid rebuilding programme got underway. Two international hotel chains were given the go-ahead to build luxury resorts on the Phi Phi Don as the Thai government looked to develop Ko Phi Phi as a different kind of tourist destination than before. The government's vision of a sustainable future for Ko Phi Phi focuses on fewer, high spending tourists in all-inclusive resorts backed by big business from outside. The government is also thinking about a ban on the rebuilding of all residents' houses along the beachfronts.


In the first few months after the tsunami there were early warning signs that making money would take priority over planning the islands’ long-term future. A rapid rebuilding programme got underway. Two international hotel chains were given the go-ahead to build luxury resorts on the Phi Phi Don as the Thai government looked to develop Ko Phi Phi as a different kind of tourist destination than before.



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