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The Phi Phi Islands (Thai: หมู่เกาะพีพี, rtgs: Mu Ko Phiphi, pronounced [mùː kɔ̀ʔ pʰīː.pʰīː]) are in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast of the mainland. The islands are administratively part of Krabi province. Ko Phi Phi Don (ko (Thai: เกาะ) meaning island in the Thai language) is the largest island of the group, and is the most populated island of the group, although the beaches of the second largest island, Ko Phi Phi Lee (or Ko Phi Phi Leh), are visited by many people as well. The rest of the islands in the group, including Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Bamboo Island (Ko Mai Phai), are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea. The Islands are reachable by speedboats or Long-tail boats most often from Krabi Town or from various piers in Phuket Province.\r
Phi Phi Don was initially populated by Muslim fishermen during the late-1940s, and later became a coconut plantation. The Thai population of Phi Phi Don remains more than 80% Muslim. The ual population however, if counting laborers, especially from the north-east, is much more Buddhist these days. The population is between 2,000 to 3,000 people (new).\r
The islands came to worldwide prominence when Ko Phi Phi Leh was used as a location for the 2000 British-American film The Beach. This attred criticism, with claims that the film company had damaged the islands environment, since the producers bulldozed beach areas and planted palm trees to make it resemble description in the book, an accusation the films makers contest. An increase in tourism was attributed to the films release, which resulted in increases in waste on the Islands, and more developments in and around the Phi Phi Don Village. Phi Phi Lee also houses the Viking Cave, where there is a thriving industry harvesting edible birds nest.\r
Ko Phi Phi was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, when nearly all of the islands infrastructure was destroyed. As of new most, but not all, of this has been restored.\r
Controversy arose during the making of the film The Beach due to 20th Century Fox bulldozing and landscaping the natural beach setting of Ko Phi Phi Lee to make it more paradise-like. The production altered some sand dunes and cleared some coconut trees and grass to widen the beach. Fox set aside a fund to reconstruct and return the beach to its natural state. Nevertheless, lawsuits were filed as many believed the damage to the ecosystem is permanent and restoration attempts failed.\r
The lawsuits dragged on for years. In 2006, Thailands supreme court upheld an appeal court ruling that the filming had harmed the environment and ordered that damage assessments be made. Defendants in the case included 20th Century Fox and some Thai government officials.Maya Bay is popular for diving, and has become even more popular after the 2000The Beach was filmed there. According to the Lonely Planets guidebook Thailand, the 2004 tsunami dramatically improved the look of Maya Bays beachfront. The high waves had cleaned up the beach and removed all the landscaping the Fox production team had added.\r
The main dive sites are at Loh Samah, Maya Bay entrance and Palong Bay, and are often combined with diving at Ko Bida Noi, a rocky outcrop some 500 meters south of Loh Samah. MAYA BEACH, 2016, MAYA BAY, PHI PHI, PILEH LAGOON, KOH PHI PHI, BOAT TRIP, THE BEACH, Прекрасные тайские острова, Прекрасный отдых в Таиланде. Thailand travel, where to go in Thailand, Amazing Places on our Planet. AMAZING THAILAND, THAI BEACHES