The Roots Routes

Background

Thailand is one of the largest tourism industry in the world, the canal network in Bangkok are situated abundant of hidden hydro-cultural communities alongside several old canals. Nowadays, this system plays an important role in cultural tourism since these canals illustrate the urban settlement transformation of the city through the varying periods of time when the canals were constructed.


With the role of historic communities and canal tourism that progressively become an alternative choice for the industry because it reflects the historical relationship not only between human and landscape but also human occupants and settlement through the different scenario of cultural spaces as well as with the slow pace of travel that offers tourist to interact with and experience the local way of life and distinct cultural landscape.


The growing of canal tourism has stimulated many communities in terms of cultural values; living cultural heritage. The communities have settled along waterways with its own distinct and still remain their distinctive culture in both tangible and intangible values even though they are almost extinct due to the urban sprawl. Therefore, the heritage conservation framework should integrate the local communities with sustainable tourism in order to run the mechanism under the inclusive development. Those historic water-related sites could be developed into Living museum or an Eco-Museum which should be connected together as a living cultural heritage network for even more concrete and encourage the exchange between the historic communities. The project would help the communities to survive themselves through the globalization.

 

THE Paths for Sustainable Tourism

We believe that travel has the potential to be more than mere consumption – it is a chance to interact with local communities in mutually beneficial ways. Situated at the intersection of tourism and heritage transmission, The Roots Routes Bangkok aims to make tradition accessible in a contemporary fashion. With this project, we want to give travelers organised information and an interactive interface that organises the city’s lesser-known heritage sites into a network of cultural exploration. Bundled up in an app, we will provide cultural itineraries, cultural knowledge, interactive maps and tailored mobility instructions that focus on water-public transport and walking.

Beyond its contribution to sustainable tourism, our project will raise awareness of historical communities that have evolved around specific trades, promoting local ways of life and helping heritage transmission through the provision of a common platform. This heightened visibility will go along with ameliorating the community’s economic situation and will reinvigorate the city’s dialogue with its past. Ultimately a thriving network of heritage routes will bring the old town and the modern city closer together, opening pathways for future interaction.