Richard is an American backpacker, seeking adventure in Bangkok when he meets the mysterious Daffy, who gives him a map to a secret island in the Gulf of Thailand. However, all is not what it seems, and the island turns out to be less than idyllic…
What takes place at the scene: Who could forget the moment when Richard first arrives on the beach, drinking in the natural beauty surrounding him? It’s a scene that struck beach envy into the heart of every cinema goer.
People who starred: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle
Year of release in UK: 2000
Insider blogger tips to Maya Bay
BEST TIME TO GO TO THAILAND
The dry season lasts from December to March. Between April and November, it can rain a lot but on some sunny days rain can come in a quick burst, so it may be worth travelling out of season for quieter beaches.
WHERE IS IT IN THE WORLD
Scenes on the island were filmed in the equally beautiful Maya Bay, in Ko Phi Phi Lee. It can be easily reached by boat from its neighbouring island in the Krabi province of Thailand.