The Sustainability and Effects of Community Based Tourism: A Comparative Case Study of Thailand and Lao PDR


Tourism is a substantial mechanism for driving economic growth in many countries. In the present, there are various kinds of Tourism which meet the new demands of tourists such as Eco-Tourism, Pro-Poor Tourism, and Community based Tourism. However, tourism development without care may cause many problems to the tourism sites and villagers. In this research paper, the authors have tried to find out the effects and sustainability of Community based Tourism (CBT) in three aspects comprise of (1) soci0-culture, (2) economy, and (3) environment. The researchers have collected data from field research, an in-depth interview, a focus groups, and questionnaires from the local administrators and the locals. This research is a comparative study which has conducted in the four Northern Provinces of Thailand which are Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan and Uttaradit and four Northern Provinces of Lao PDR which are Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Luang Namtha and Bokeo.

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Jirapong Chaichawwong, Maejo University, Thailand
Chalitda Madhyamapurush, Maejo University, Thailand

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Conference: ACAS2016
Stream: South-East Asian Studies (including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos)

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