The Study of Mon Culture and Natural Resource Conservation of Mon Village for Sustainable Community-Based Tourism in Sangkhlaburi, Kanjanaburi Province

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Unchun Tuntates Wasinee Kwaipan et al.

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          This research aims to study the relation between Mon culture and tourism management and to study the participation of Mons to natural resource conservation in Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi province. The tool of this project is observation and semi-structured interview. The sample group consists of 30 respondents who are a group of people who provide information leading to the group's knowledge and observers including local community participating in tourism management in Sangkhlaburi by using purposive sampling. Moreover, all samples have to live in Sangkhlaburi more than 10 years.


          The result found that nowadays the cultural identity of Mons is fantastic attraction and become the most important tourism product of Sangkhlaburi. The Mons participate in ethnic tourism management as labor and souvenir producer. However, accommodation business and services are managed by Thais who are entitled to earn a living by legal right in the country. As for the participation in natural resource conservation of Mons, the main issue is legalization and human right especially ethnic groups in Thailand. The level of participation of Mons whether or not they play a role in tourism management or natural resource conservation is very low. The diaspora Mons have only right to make a living as a workforce or an employee. Furthermore, they cannot play a significance role in a commentator or an operator of natural resource conservation in Sangkhlaburi.

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