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Calming down the tourism craze, does enclosure serve its purpose?

If you look forward to spending summer in Southeast Asia, you might want to take Boracay and Maya Bay, two of the top-rated destination in Thailand and the Philippines, off of your list.

Thailand will officially make Maya Bay, which featured in 2000 movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, inaccessible for tourist from June to September this year. Meanwhile, even though the technicality is still being discussed, The Philippines interagency task force on Boracay recommend shutting down the island for six months from April 26. The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has supported this recommendation.

It was not the first time Thailand government use enclosure strategy to protect the ecosystem. In 2016, the government shut down southern Similan islands, a group of famous scenic islands in the Andaman Sea, to tourists from May to October. However, after the fifth month, one of them, Koh Tachai, stayed out of bounds indefinitely. The official announcement mention that overcrowding wa…