Creating Community Based Tourism Routes by Train to Support Free Independent Tourists in The Western Region of Thailand

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Pimchanok Mulmit
Pitak Siriwong


This article aimed to study 1) the behavior and needs of independent tourists traveling by train; 2) the context and assess the potential of community tourist attractions in the western region; and 3) the creation of community-based tourism routes by railway to support free-independent tourists in the western region. The areas studied include Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan. It was mixed-method research. The research results were found as follows:

1. The behavior and needs of independent tourists traveling by train in the western region's community-based tourism in the following areas: The FIT tourist’s behavior travels for relaxation with friends once per month. Most of them traveled sightseeing, and the average cost throughout the trip was 1,001–3,000 baht. They have traveled to community-based attractions in the western region by getting information about tourist attractions from the internet. Their tourist motivation was self-improvement, including the tourist needs composed of 1) ease of access, 2) facilities, and 3) attractiveness in community-based tourist attractions.

2. Contextualize and assess the potential of community tourist attractions in the western region, including waterfront community-based tourist attractions, old market community-based tourist attractions, multicultural community-based tourist attractions, Thai Song Dam community-based tourist attractions, eco-community-based tourism sites, and a local fishermen's community-based tourist attraction.

3. There were four routes to build community-based tourism by train in the western region, as follows: 1) community-based tourism route by train for leisure and fishing along the sea; 2) community-based tourism route by train to learn outside the classroom and get a local lifestyle; 3) community-based tourism route by train to experience the local culture and wisdom along the historic railway line; and 4) community-based tourism route by train to respond to emotions of lifestyle along the railroad and river.

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Mulmit, P., & Siriwong , P. (2022). Creating Community Based Tourism Routes by Train to Support Free Independent Tourists in The Western Region of Thailand. Journal of Arts Management, 6(4), 1667–1690. Retrieved from
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