Ah, The Beach! It was one of my favourite moves that inspired me to travel to Thailand. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie starring the gorgeous Leonard DiCaprio or read the book by Alex Garland, I’ll give you an insanely brief summary. It’s a story set in Thailand about a backpacker who wants to search for a forbidden island in the Thai gulf. An island that has been untouched by the western world and is a paradise with freedom. He’s gifted with a hand drawn map at his hostel in Bangkok and goes south on the search with some travellers he meets on the way. They swim off the shores of Koh Samui to find the island, on landing they jump off the cliff to find the secluded beach… I’ll leave it there, if you want to read/watch more!
It’s an amazing book which paints the picture of a backpackers dream, living in utopia while being self sufficient without money and celebrating absolute freedom! The movie brought it to life for me though and when I found out I could visit the film location at Maya Bay I just had to go and see!
There was one problem though, tourists. Although I was one myself, when reading reviews of Maya I just saw pictures of hundreds of tourists and boats pulled up on its shore…not the picturesque secluded beach that Alex Garland spoke of. So, I decided to beat the crowds and go early! Here is all the info you need to visit The Beach and get it to yourself!