Imagine a beach illuminated with clear bath water and protective rocks to enclose it's precious white silky sand. Maya is Thailand's sun and snorkel haven and home of "The Beach" film's set featuring our lovely Leonardo Dicaprio circa 2000. Taking a long-tail boat to Maya at 6:30am may seem a little frightening when committing the afternoon before, but WOW was it worth it. This beach is apparently overcrowded and completely packed by early afternoon. The only way to get that empty beach picture, is to awake in the dark and watch the sunrise while cruising the Malacca Strait.