Three Coordinate of Skaw Karen Community Based Cultural Tourism in Mae Hong Son Province

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Natcharatch Sarahongsa

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          This study was a qualitative study aiming 1) to investigate cultural the potential of the Skaw Karen in Mae Hong Son province, and 2) to examine dynamics of cultural tourism management by the Skaw Karen community in Mae Hong Son province. Data was collected from both documents and field studies by observations and group discussions in 6 villages in Mae Hong Son province.


          The results showed that Skaw Karen’s cultural potential in Mae Hong Son province, it revealed that preserved their cultural potential by maintaining four basic needs, establish the community’s stability and cultural ecology.


          The success of Skaw Karen community-based cultural tourism management in Mae Hong Son province caused by the NGO and the tourism sector that understands the principles to develop the quality of life. They can coordinate the knowledge management, wisdom and culture to integrate community-based tourism and responsible tourism management in a harmonious way in the context of the cultures and communities. The Mae Hong Son community tourism network is the hub for knowledge transfer and management. The new cultural potential community joins the network to exchange of learning between old and new communities in the manner of mentors and kinship. Beginning communities that conduct community–based tourism management is to be more capable of managing community cultures. While the new community will learn from the old community to develop community–based cultural tourism management in accordance with the principles of development without looking at the amount of income from tourism.

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