Paradise restored: How Ko Phi Phi bounced back during the pandemic
DPA Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi was made famous around the world by the Hollywood film "The Beach". Carola Frentzen/dpa
Traditional longboats bob up and down in the crystal-clear water, palm trees sway gently in the tropical breeze, a few white clouds drift lazily by in the sky. What sounds like a picture from a calendar is a real place: the Phi Phi Islands.
The Ko Phi Phi archipelago in southern Thailand has long been on the bucket list of many a traveller. Mass tourism therefore hit the islands hard – but the long travel break caused by the pandemic has changed that. There are no plastic bottles or other rubbish to spoil the picture-perfect scene. This is surely one of Southeast