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Two decades on, 'The Beach' faces fresh problems

Thailand's iconic Maya Bay, battered by mass tourism, attempts a comeback

The newly reopened Maya Bay -- famously featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" (2000) -- limits the number of visitors per hour to 300. (All photos by Tom Vater)

"Oh, it's so f---ing beautiful," exclaims Etienne, one of the characters in the Hollywood blockbuster "The Beach" (2000) as a group of travelers that includes a young Leonardo DiCaprio reaches Maya Bay, a white sand crescent on Thailand's Andaman Sea coast.

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