The Beach

Monday, Jan. 31

Leonardo DiCaprio is a legend in Thailand.

His movie The Beach, released in 2000, put the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh on the map.

The film is about a group of young travellers in search of paradise and tropical bliss. They find it on Koh Phi Phi Leh.

The movie has inspired many to travel to Thailand, including me.

Today, Matt, Hayley, Kevin and I visited the island. The highlight was Maya Bay, where the majority of The Beach was filmed.

While there has been some controversy about the filming process (Fox was accused of destroying the bay’s coral after rearranging the beach’s esthetics), one thing is for sure – the area is breathtaking.

Because of its immense popularity and close proximity to Koh Phi Phi Don (a 20 minute boat ride), we weren’t the only tourists there.

The beach was packed with sunbathers, volleyball players and photographers.

The water was filled with long boats, scuba divers and kayaks.

Surrounded by 100-metre cliffs on three sides, the bay’s opening is a popular spot for watching the sunset.

Instead, we watched the sun go down from the water. (We spent most of the afternoon swimming with sea turtles and colourful fish.)

While it was a beautiful day, Matt and I were incredibly sick.

What we thought was just a hang over was actually food poisoning.

Tip to travellers: never break the golden rule of avoiding seafood. That is unless you have a stomach of steal or you’re looking to shed a few pounds.

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