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Wednesday, February 3, 1999 Published at 13:22 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

Film-makers start restoring Thai beach

A Hollywood production company involved in controversial filming in a national park on the southern Thai island of Phi Phi Leh says it has begun restoring the beach to its former condition.

Local environmental groups had accused the company, 20th Century Fox, of damaging the ecology of what is known as the most perfect beach in the world to make the film "The Beach", starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The company says it will replace sand dunes it had moved, and take away the palm trees, which do not grow naturally on Ko Phi Phi Leh.

The film-makers also say they'll leave the beach cleaner than they found it.

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