Dr. Steven A. Martin and Dr. Raymond J. Ritchie publish new research on Thai Geography for ASEAN and international education in the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography

Dr. Steven A. Martin and Dr. Raymond J. Ritchie publish new research on Thai Geography for ASEAN and international education in the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography

AUGUST, 2019

Inter-faculty research publication on Thai Geography at Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand

Dr. Steven A. Martin, Faculty of International Studies, and co-author Dr. Raymond J. Ritchie, Faculty of Technology and Environment, have published the results of their research on Thai Geography for ASEAN and international education in the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.

Thai Geography education and research | Karst topography, Phang-nga Bay | Click to enlarge

Martin, S. A., & Ritchie, R. J. (2020). Sourcing Thai geography literature for ASEAN and international education. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 41(1) 61–85

Abstract: This study surveys the available English-language literature and learning resources covering the field of Thai geography, and provides historical review of Thai geography education and an inventory of relevant, accessible materials for ASEAN and international undergraduate students, educators and researchers. We note that the discipline and context of Thai geography has shifted toward new technologies, particularly geographic information systems (GIS), and this has left a void in practical and accessible text for high school and undergraduate students in gaining broad and traditional knowledge of the field. Our study finds that the accessibility of introductory English-language texts on Thai geography is limited, and that existing texts appear mainly in the grey literature or widely dispersed across various disciplines of study. The paper provides a platform to help future researchers and to facilitate future production of English-language textbooks and other study materials in the field of Thai geography.

Figure 1. Relief and hydrological map of Thailand | Produced by Steven A. Martin for the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography | Click to Thai Geography Course Page

Thailand

Thailand

SIX REGIONS OF AMAZING THAILAND

I have been teaching Thai Geography courses at Prince of Songkla University in Phuket for the last eight years.

Wherever I go, I always take my camera.

Sawadee Kap Thailand - Steven Andrew Martin

Sukhothai Historical Park | Thailand | Sukhothai Kingdom 1238–1438

REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY OF THAILAND | 76 PROVINCES + Bangkok Special Administrative Zone | Dr. Steven A. Martin © | Click to enlarge

Corresponding the map above, photos on this page are categorized into six geographic regions which help to physically and culturally define the country.

Northern Region

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep - Thailand Photo Journal - Steven Andrew Martin

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep | Chiang Mai

Vachiratharn waterfall -  Thailand Photo Journal - Steven Andrew Martin

Vachiratharn waterfall | Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai, the Highest Point in Thailand | Dr Steven Andrew Martin

Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai | Highest point in Thailand

Northeastern Region

Pha Mo E Dang | Dangrek Range, Sisaket Province | Thai/Cambodia border | Click to PDF...

Northeast Thailand - Isan - Steven Andrew Martin - Thai Geography

Bird's eye view of Northeast Thailand (Isan)

Sam Phan Bok - Thai Photo Journal - Steven Andrew Martin

Sam Phan Bok (The three thousand holes) | Mekong River, Ubon Ratchathani

Traveling in Isan, Northeast Thailand photo journal | Dr Steven Andrew Martin | Thai Geography

On the road in Northeast Thailand

Haew Narok Waterfall | Khao Yai National Park | Click to UNESCO...

Khmer temple - Phimai Historical Park Thailand Photo Journal - Steven Andrew Martin

Phimai Historical Park | 12th century Khmer temple

Central Region

Sukhothai | 1238–1438 | Click to UNESCO...

Ayutthaya | 1351–1767 | Click to UNESCO...

Royal Palace, Bangkok | Chakri Dynasty from 1782 | Click to TAT...

Eastern Region

Ko Chang Island, Trat Province - Thai Photo Journal - Dr Steven Andrew Martin

Ko Chang Island | Trat province | Gulf of Thailand

Surfing Mae Ramphung Beach, Rayong | Click to read...

Eastern Gulf of Thai Photo Journal - Steven Andrew Martin

Fishers on the Eastern Gulf of Thailand

Southern Region

View of Phang Nga Bay from Phuket | Click to PDF...

Phang Nga Province, Andaman Coast Thailand Photo Journal - Dr Steven Andrew Martin

Phang Nga province | Andaman Coast

Ko Samui Ferry, Surat Thani Province, Gulf of Thailand - Thai Photo Journal - Steven Andrew Martin

Ko Samui ferry | Surat Thani province | Gulf of Thailand

Kata Karon lookout point, Phuket, Thailand Photo Journal - Dr Steven Andrew Martin

Kata Karon lookout point, Phuket

Surfing in Phuket | Click to more photos...

Chalong temple, Phuket | Click to video

Typical day at the beach in Phuket during the monsoon season. Onshore winds and waves with passing heavy showers


 

The 76 Provinces of Thailand | Kids Learning Tube


Thank you for visiting my Thailand Regional Geography Photo Page.

I hope you enjoy my photos and the information in the links provided. If you feel motivated to learn more about Thai Geography, please let me know – I’d love to hear from you.

Hi-res photos available on request.

–Steven Martin

Publications

Publications

PUBLICATIONS AND PROCEEDINGS

Beginning with my first study abroad program in 1995, I wrote journals and took photographs of places I visited and people I met.

Later, I found these very useful in travel writing, coursework essays, and research scholarship.

Since then I have published over 50 articles and papers, ranging from articles in newspapers and magazines to post-graduate theses and research publications in peer-reviewed journals.

For more information about my ongoing research and publication, please visit Surf Tourism Research and Taiwan Ethnographic Research pages.


Please scroll though my list of publications and proceedings below, cited in a basic online APA format. I have done my best to ensure accuracy. If any links are broken, or you notice any errors, please let me know by using the contact form.

Refereed Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

Martin, S. A. (2011). Laipunuk (Nei Ben Lu)—The last frontier of the Taiwan aborigines during the Japanese occupation on Taiwan: Ethnographic narratives of a Bunun elder. The International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS), 7(1) 123–142. ijaps.usm.my/?page_id=508

Martin, S. A. (2011). Rebuilding mama’s house—An ethnohistorical reconstruction and homecoming of the Bunun on Taiwan. Journal of International Studies, 1(2) 61–78. jis.fis.psu.ac.th/images/jis_file/-JIS_Vol1_No2/JIS_Vol.1_No.2_6.pdf

Martin, S. A. (2022). A Taiwan knowledge keeper of indigenous Bunun – An ethnographic historical narrative of Laipunuk (內本鹿), southern mountain range. Ethnography, 23(2) 153–180. doi.org/10.1177/1466138120937037

Martin, S. A. (2022). From shades of grey to Web of Science: A systematic review of surf tourism research in international journals (2011-2020). Journal of Sport & Tourism, 26(2) 125–146. doi.org/10.1080/14775085.2022.2037453

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2011). Beach and coastal survey of Thailand: What future for surf tourism. Journal of Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary Arts, 3(1) 77–87. ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/44409/

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2012). The genesis of a new body of sport tourism literature: A systematic review of surf tourism research (1997-2011). Journal of Sport and Tourism, 17(4) 257–287. doi.org/10.1080/14775085.2013.766528

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2014). Developing a surf resource sustainability index as a global model for surf beach conservation and tourism research. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 19(7) 760–792. doi.org/10.1080/10941665.2013.806942

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2014). Investigating the importance of surf resource sustainability indicators: Stakeholder perspectives for surf tourism planning and development. Tourism Planning and Development, 11(2) 127–148. doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2013.864990

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2015). Measuring the conservation aptitude of surf beaches in Phuket, Thailand: An application of the surf resource sustainability index. International Journal of Tourism Research, 17(2) 105–117. doi.org/10.1002/jtr.1961

Martin, S. A., & Blundell, D. (2022). The last refuge and forced migration of a Taiwanese indigenous people during the Japanese colonization of Taiwan – An ethnohistory. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 28(2) 206–231. doi.org/10.1080/13537113.2021.2011545.

Martin, S. A., & Ritchie, R. J. (2019). A social science index and conceptual framework for assigning weights in surf tourism planning and development. Tourism Planning and Development, 16(3) 281–303. doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2018.1470999

Martin, S. A., & Ritchie, R. J. (2020). Sourcing Thai geography literature for ASEAN and international education. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 41(1) 61–85. doi.org/10.1111/sjtg.12296

Reangvaranont, M., & Martin, S. A. (2013). A Comparative study on the learning experiences and learning style preferences of Thai and British postgraduate students at a United Kingdom university. Journal of International Studies, 3(2) 15–25. jis.fis.psu.ac.th/images/jis_file/-JIS_Vol3_No2/VOL_3_NO_2_2.pdf

Book Chapters

Martin, S. A., & Blundell, D. (2017). Cultural continuum among the Bunun of Laipunuk (Nei Ben Lu), southern Taiwan (Ch. 8) (pp. 215–246). In H. Chang and A. Mona [C. Tsai] (Eds.), Religion, law and state: Cultural re-invigoration in the new age. Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines and SMC: Taipei.

Martin, S. A., & O'Brien, D. (2017). Part 2: A systems approach – Chapter 2. Surf resource system boundaries. In G. Borne and J. Ponting (Eds.), Sustainable surfing (pp. 23–38). Routledge.

Scholarly Articles

Martin, S. A. (1999). Great expectations. Nota Bene: The 1999 Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Anthology. Jackson, Mississippi, USA: The Society. (Nota Bene Literary Competition – revised online as The Jewel of Travel and at Study Abroad Journal).

Martin, S. A. (2004). China, a magic place. Hohonu: A Journal of Academic Writing, 2, pp. 55–57. Hilo, Hawaii, USA: University of Hawaii Press.

Theses

Martin, S. A. (2006). Ethnohistorical perspectives among the Bunun: A case study of Laipunuk, Taiwan. Master’s thesis. National Cheng-Chi University, Taipei, ROC. [+2 publications in peer-reviewed journals].

Martin, S. A. (2010). Coastal resource assessment for surf tourism in Thailand. Master’s thesis. Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand. [+1 publication in a peer-reviewed journal]

Martin, S. A. (2013). A surf resource sustainability index for surf site conservation and tourism management. Ph.D. dissertation. Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand. [+3 publications in peer-reviewed journals].

Conferences and Proceedings

Martin, S. A. (2009). Rethinking the monsoon: Sustainable surf tourism in Thailand. Paper presented at the International Tourism Conference on Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism Management: Beyond the Global Recession. Silpakon University, Bangkok, Thailand, May 14–15.

Martin, S. A. (2010). Laipunuk (Nei Ben Lu)—The last frontier of the Bunun during the Japanese occupation on Taiwan: Ethnographic narratives of an Isbukun elder. Scholarly presentation [PowerPoint]. 3rd Annual PSU Phuket Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development. Nov. 17–19. Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand.

Martin, S. A. (2010). The conservation of coastal surfing resources in Thailand: The Andaman Sea. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Environment and Natural Resources (ICENR) 2010 The Changing Environment: Challenges for Society (pp. 262–280), Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Bangkok, Thailand, November 10–12.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Music, marriage and adaptation among the Bunun from lost Laipunuk, southern Taiwan. CD Proceedings of the 4th Annual PSU Research Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development (p. 46). Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, November 16–18.

Martin, S. A. (2013). Surf tourism and resource sustainability in Phuket, Thailand. Scholarly presentation [PowerPoint]. Global Surf Cities Conference: Destination Innovation Collaboration, Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, Gold Coast, QLD, February 28 – March 1. Gold Coast: Gold Coast Surf City, Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2013). The surf resource sustainability index and Thailand case trial. Scholarly presentation [PowerPoint]. Global Surf Cities Conference: Destination Innovation Collaboration, Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, Gold Coast, QLD, February 28 – March 1. Gold Coast: Gold Coast Surf City, Inc.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2008). Beach and coastal survey: What future for surf tourism. CD Proceedings of the 7th Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Students’ Research in Tourism: Advances in Tourism Practices: Pointing the Way Forward (p. 12). University Teknologi Mara, Selangor, Malaysia, June 3–5.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2008). Interdisciplinary approaches toward sustainable surf tourism in Thailand. Paper presented at the 1st PSU Sustainability Conference. Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, Thailand, November 19–21.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2011). A statistical analysis of surf tourism research literature. CD Proceedings of the 4th Annual PSU Research Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development (p. 57). Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, November 16–18.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2012). Measuring the importance of social, economic, environmental and governance indicators for the surf resource sustainability index. Proceedings of the 1st Annual PSU Phuket International Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development (p. 51). Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, January 10–12, 2013.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2012). Towards a surf resource sustainability index: A global model for surf site conservation and Thailand case studyProceedings of the 18th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference (APTA) Hospitality & Tourism Education: New Tourism & New Waves (pp. 745–760). Taipei, ROC, June 26–29. Busan, Korea: School of International Tourism, Dong-A University. [+ best paper award]

Martin, S. A., & Blundell, D. (2014). Marginalization, social change, and heritage: A continuum of Bunun in southern Taiwan. Proceedings of the 20th Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress Cambodia 2014 (p. 210). Siem Reap, Cambodia, January 12–18.

Martin, S. A., & Blundell, D. (2014). Contextualizing island Formosa through cultural heritage, digital mapping, and museology: A new trial for the journey home to the Bunun villages of old Laipunuk, TaiwanProceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Formosan Indigenous peoples: Contemporary Perspectives (p. 89). Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, September 15–17.

Martin, S. A., Assenov, I., & Ritchie, R. (2014). Towards a social science index and conceptual framework for assigning weights in sustainability research. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual PSU Phuket International Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development (p. 70). Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, November 13–14. [+ best paper award]

Martin, S. A., & Ritchie, R. (2018). Towards an ASEAN community: A scoping study and case for teaching the geography of Thailand in the English languageProceedings of the PSU Phuket International Conference 50th Anniversary Celebration: Creativity and Innovations for Global Development (p. 54). Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, March 11–12.

Other Articles

Martin, S. A. (2000). Fund the School. West Hawaii Today32(34), p.11A. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Oahu Publishing Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2000). Great expectations. Kona Views Magazine, (p. 21). Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Kona Media Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2001). China, my magic place: The geography of Chinese philosophy. Kona Views Magazine, (pp. 24–25). Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Kona Media Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2002). Skate the wall: Skateboarding through time on the Great Wall of China. Kona Views Magazine, (pp. 21–22). Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Kona Media Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2002). The space ambassadors: From outerspace to the Kona Coast, astronauts send a humanitarian message. Kona Views Magazine. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Kona Media Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2010). A brief history of surfing. Thailand Surfrider, (2) (pp. 15–21). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2010). Coastal currents in Phuket. Thailand Surfrider, (4) (pp. 44–46). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2010). Surfing and coastal resource in Thailand. Thailand Surfrider, (1) (pp. 42–50). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2010). Surfing the southern gulf: Exploratory research on the Gulf of Thailand. Thailand Surfrider, (4) (pp. 20–27). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2010). The surfer-lifesavers of Phuket. Thailand Surfrider, (3) (pp. 40–42). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Climate Change and the environment in Thailand: What’s going on with the weather?Thailand Surfrider, (5) (pp. 28–30). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Rare earth vs. rare surf: Malaysian ‘rare earth’ refinery draws environmental concerns for surfers. Thailand Surfrider, (7) (pp. 28–29). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Surf science of the Andaman Sea, Part I: A surfer’s guide to wind, water & waves. Thailand Surfrider, (7) (pp. 42–45). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd. [reposted online at Learning Adventures]

Martin, S. A. (2011). Surfing Rayong: Wave magnet of the Eastern Gulf. Thailand Surfrider, (7) (pp. 24–26). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). The Phuket ocean safety guide. Thailand Surfrider, (5) (pp. 42–45). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Trash talking: Exploring marine debris on the Andaman Coast, Thailand. Thailand Surfrider, (6) (pp. 48–50). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Water safety awareness for the hospitality & tourism industry. Thailand Surfrider, (5) (pp. 40–41). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2014). Exploratory research on the Mekong Delta: The geography of Viet Nam. Faculty of International Studies Bulletin [reposted online at Learning Adventures]

Martin, S. A. (2015). A brief introduction to the historical geography of Cambodia. Faculty of International Studies Bulletin [reposted online at Learning Adventures]


Thank you for visiting my Publications Page.

I hope that the articles and links are helpful to students, teachers, and others.

–Dr. Steven A. Martin

Photo: Presenting at the 20th Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress in Cambodia, 2014