Organized Panel Session
This paper examines how tourism impacts preservation of traditional housing among ethnic communites in Thailand and Vietnam. Traditional housings were shaped over time to satisfy the cultural and physical needs of the local communities. They were built using locally available materials by the local people using the traditional skills and knowledge. The conservation and protection of traditional houses is tantamount to safeguarding their rich culture. However, the changes that have occurred in individual values, the lifestyles of ethnic communities, and their surrounding environments have created a situation in which a traditional house can no longer be built and used in the same way that it was when it was the only choice of housing. For the purpose of safegurading architectural traditions of societies, there is a need to identify their potential and meaning in the modern context. Traditioal housing is often perceived to have potential as a tourism attraction for both domestic and the international tourists in the present day. This paper will exame the cases on two ethnic communities with different background: a settlement with a full of Moken traditional stilt house in Surin Islands which is a part of Mu Ko Similan National Park in Southern Thailand, and Hong Ha commune with recontructed Katu ethnic community house in Thua Thien-Hue Province in Vietnam. The author will explore the local people’s adaptation strategies to utilize their traditional housing as a tourism attraction and at the same time to maintain their traditional housing and its cultural meating.