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Remember that beach from “The Beach” that was closed for the past four months? Well, we have some not-so-sunny news: It’s closing indefinitely.

Maya Bay in Thailand was made popular from the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film — so popular that officials closed it from June to September to repair some of the damage to coral reefs around the Phi Phi islands due to tourism. It was originally just supposed to be closed for a few months, although some were hoping for a more permanent option such as this one.

This week, officials from Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) said “The ecosystem and the beach’s physical structure have yet returned to its full condition,” said the letter, in Thai, adding that they would extend the closure from October onward “until natural resources return to normal.”

While Thailand regularly closes beaches, national parks and islands due to weather and ecological recovery, this is the first time it’s happened in Maya Bay, reports CNN.

Tourism was so popular there that visitor numbers multiplied by the minute as boats trickled in throughout the day. The DNP also stated it expected to see a whopping 2.5 million tourists at the bay this year.

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