Recording of Phi Phi Islands Legends for Developing a Self-guiding Booklet Interpretation

By Umaporn Muneenam.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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A policy exists to develop ecotourism in the Phi Phi Islands, Krabi Province, Thailand; however, there is no interpretive program to support it. This research sets out to record the legends of the Phi Phi Islands, to develop these legends into a self-guiding booklet and to evaluate the booklet for better environmental interpretation outcomes. The two stages of data collection were as follows: first, a combination of in-depth interviews with 11 interviewees, a review of the literature, an observation and field notes; and second, a questionnaire, used to evaluate the self-guiding booklet, from 45 tourists, 207 registered travel agencies, and two related organisations. The results found that the Phi Phi Island legends developed about five themes, 1. Phi Phi Island: Legends of the Island, 2. The land of resources prior to world-class tourism, 3. Transportation by local ancient boat, 4. King Rama IX’s visit and, 5. Gypsies are new Thai people. This booklet had high levels of applicability in its context, reading, style, and price. However, the booklet should be improved in context, booklet style, colour, pictures, font size, international interpretation, pricing, mapping, and dissemination. These recommendations will be considered while the interpreter further develops the self-guiding booklet for interpretive experiences.

Keywords: Self-guiding Booklet Development, Phi Phi Islands Legends, Environmental Interpretation

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.351-364. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.045MB).

Dr. Umaporn Muneenam

Lecturer, Environmental Management Faculty, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand

I have been a lecturer in Environmental Management Faculty, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand since 2000. My interests are about public perception, public acceptance, public risk perception, environmental communication, risk communication, public participation, eco-tourism, and environmental sociology. The most recent research studies that I involved in social issue are: 1) 1998: IEE and EIA in pipeline and gas separation plant, Songkhla, Thailand 2) 2001: Huapakhieo Development Project, Phatthalung, Thailand 3) 2006: IEE in Permanent house construction for Tsunami survisors on the Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand 4) 2006: Songkhla environmental master and action plan 2008-2011. 5) 2007: The Preliminary Study Report of Public’s Perception, Attitude, Opinion, Concern from The Possible Impacts: A Case Study of Siting The Coal Storage and Coal Separation Area, ZMC Industrial Co. Ltd., Southern Department, Moo 9, Chanong District, Chana City, Songkhla Province 6) 2008: Exploration Project for Geological Resource Management of Songkhla Lake Watersheds: Geochemical Exploration and Sediment Supply in Southern Terrain of Songkhla Lake Watershed 7) 2008: Recording of Phi Phi Islands Legends: Interpretation for Ecotourism, funded by Faculty of Environmental Management, Prince of Songkla University (50,000 Baht) Accessible FULL TEXT @: http://www.envi.psu.ac.th/pp 8) 2009: Participation Model and Community-Based Tourism Marketing Plan of Palm, Paddy, and Sea, Sathing Phra District, Songkhla Province, Thailand, funded by Thailand Research Fund: TRF (248,292 Baht). 9) 2010: Gender equality policy and participation in hazardous substances management: A case study of siting the coal storage and separation area, Chanong Sub-district, Chana District, Songkhla Province 10) On going research: Local Wisdom Survey in Plant Genetic Protection Area under The Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (RSPG), Rajjaprabha Dam EGAT, Suratthani Province (99%).

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