Tourism in Phipun District: From Dark to Dawn

  • Chamaiporn Buddharat Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University
  • Kanaporn Kaewkamjan Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University
  • Viyada Promchitta Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University
  • Wichien Phanon Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University
  • Kanyarat Sirirat Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University
  • Yusop Boonsuk Prince of Songkla University
  • Mano Sipaoraya Office of Phipun Administration
Keywords: Dark tourism, Tragic flood, Forest concession, Communism, Phipun


This paper presents two tragic stories which provided great impacts, not only on the villagers’ way of life in Phipun District, Thailand, but also on Thai people and logging business worldwide. The samples were 24 participants including villagers, resort and restaurant owners, and entrepreneurs. Participatory Action Research was used as a paradigm. Interview and participant observation were utilized for data collection and qualitative content analysis was applied for data analysis. The findings revealed that the invasion of communist party to the area was considered as a miserable mass murder during 1968-1980. Furthermore, longitudinal deforestation made by the villagers and concessionaires led to a tragic flood in 1988. The event was marked as one of the worst natural disasters in Thailand that led to atotal logging ban nationwide in 1989. Now, two reservoirs have been built to replace the flooded areas. The spectacular mountain scenery of the two reservoirs and other national resources arenow used for tourism purposes. Using dark tourism to convey the setragic messages as a symbolic reminder of human mistakes to the outside world can contributeas lessons learned to all mankind.


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How to Cite
Chamaiporn Buddharat, Kanaporn Kaewkamjan, Viyada Promchitta, Wichien Phanon, Kanyarat Sirirat, Yusop Boonsuk, & Mano Sipaoraya. (2020). Tourism in Phipun District: From Dark to Dawn. International Journal of Business and Society, 21(1), 454-472.