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10 photos that show how thousands of partying tourists destroyed one of Thailand’s most famous beaches forever

Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation recently announced that its famous Maya Bay will be indefinitely closed to tourists. Known for its turquoise waters, white sand, and lush, towering cliffs, the bay served as a filming location for the 2000 movie, "The Beach."

Stressed-out celebrities are discreetly flying to a secluded retreat in Thailand – here’s an inside look

Their stress mainly stems from work pressure. Take a look at this 'sanctuary' that helps them heal and recover.
Aerial view of the iconic Maya Bay, Phi Phi islands, Thailand.

Thailand is closing its iconic bay from ‘The Beach’ after a temporary pause in visitors wasn’t enough to repair destruction by touri...

Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said that the iconic Maya Bay, made famous by the 2000 film 'The Beach,' needs more time to recover after overcrowding of tourists damaged the beach and its marine ecosystem.
Twelve boys and their coach, Ekkapol Chantawong (left), from the 'Wild Boars' soccer team speak during a for the first time since they were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand last week.

The Thai soccer team cave rescue is also be a big political win for the country’s military junta

The military took power in 2014 and has since cracked down on human rights, banned public gatherings, censored media, and jailed critics. But the cave rescue mission helped show what the military, and thus the government, can accomplish ahead of elections next year.
Syrian workers cutting the crops at a marijuana field in Lebanon.

Lebanon will legalize growing marijuana after McKinsey evaluated it as a boost for the country’s troubled economy

Lebanon wants a piece of the red-hot global cannabis market after the consulting firm McKinsey evaluated the economic impact of legalizing medical marijuana in the country.

Thailand is considering giving citizenship to four stateless members of the Thai soccer team who were trapped in a cave

Four members of the Thai soccer team rescued from a cave are being considered for Thai citizenship, officials said. Three of the boys and their 25-year-old coach are members of different ethnic groups and face travel restrictions, cannot access financial services, get married, or buy property.
Twelve boys and their coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, from the 'Wild Boars' soccer team speak during a press conference for the first time since they were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand last week, on July 18, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Thai cave rescue: Boys who lived furthest away were chosen to leave the cave first so they could ride their bikes and tell everyone to prepare food

The Thai soccer team who had been trapped inside a cave decided to allow the boys that live furthest away to be rescued first. 25-year-old coach Ekapol Chanthawong said the boys were not chosen based on the state of their health, as had previously been reported.
The Thai soccer team's 25-year-old coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, explained how the team survived nine days in the cave.

Drinking cave water and not thinking about fried rice: Here’s how the Thai soccer team survived 9 days in a flooded cave with no food or drink

The Thai soccer team that was trapped inside the Tham Luang cave complex for 17 days told reporters on Wednesday why they entered the cave and how they managed to survive for so long. They entered the cave on June 23 after soccer practice and only planned to stay for an hour.
The 12 soccer players and their coach react as they explain their experience in the cave during their news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 18, 2018.

The Thai soccer team have been given the all-clear to go home after their traumatic cave rescue

The Thai soccer team who were rescued from a cave held a press conference on Wednesday evening in their first public appearance. The 12 boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach have been recovering in the hospital for the last week after surviving more than 10 days inside the cave.
Richard Harris.

Australian divers who helped rescue the Thai soccer team from a cave will receive civilian honors

The two Australian divers that helped rescue the 13 members of the Thai soccer team will be recieving civilian honors for their efforts. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said arrangements for honoring Richard Harris and Craig Challen are "already underway."