The Assessment of Geosites for Geotourism Development in Kanchanaburi Province

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Thunyapat Sattraburut


In this study, a systematic investigation has been conducted at four geosites in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand: Dr. Bhol Klibbua’s Mine, Mon Village (Tha Sao Village), Chao Pho Khao Chon Kai Shrine, and Lan Lava (Bo Phoi basalt). The investigation included inventory, characterization, assessment, and evaluation to study the geotourism potential of the sites. Certain criteria used for evaluation have been developed by the Department of Mineral Resources. Qualitative assessment has been carried out on the educational potential and the development and management levels of potential.

The results show that the educational value of Chao Pho Khao Chon Kai Shrine and Lan Lava was high (83% and 77%, respectively), while it was moderate for Dr. Bhol Klibbua’s Mine and Mon Village (62% and 58%, respectively). All four geosites have the potential for development and management at a moderate level (ranging between 50 and 58%). To sustainably develop and encourage these geosites, there should be the dissemination of geological knowledge and an emphasis on the importance of geosites for the communities and relevant organizations to make them more aware of the need to conserve and cherish their lands. The improvement and management of all relevant organizations working as a team can sustain geotourism in the best interests of the sites.

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Sattraburut, T. (2024). The Assessment of Geosites for Geotourism Development in Kanchanaburi Province . Journal of Thai Hospitality and Tourism, 19(1), 3–18. Retrieved from
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