Between Khao San and Lonely Planet. Aspects of Postmodern Backpacking Identity in South-East Asia

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Creator
  • Spreitzhofer, Günter (University of Vienna, Austria)
Collective Title
  • ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
    1(2)
Publication Date
2008
Publication Place
Wien
Contributor
  • SEAS – Gesellschaft für Südostasienwissenschaften / Society for South-East Asian Studies (Editor)
Language
German
Free Keywords
Backpacking; Alternative Tourism; Lo; Lonly Planet; Khao San Road; Lifestyle & Transformation
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  • Abstract

    This paper is an attempt to highlight some aspects of postmodern backpacking, which has come to be more appreciated by South-East Asian governments as a development tool after the decrease of package tourist arrivals due to terrorism, diseases and natural disasters. Special focus has been put on backpacking performance, perception and transformation within the region, where the accumulation of youthful travellers has been obvious for more than three decades, when the first underground guidebook for independent travellers was published in the 1970s. Special attention has been given to the increasing commercialization (Lonely Planet) and the booming urban infrastructure (Khao San) of this “anti-tourist” travel style, which seems to attract a new comfort-, shopping- and fun-oriented backpacker clientele rather than the ideologically-minded anti-consumerism backpackers of the early 1980s. However, apart from regional development opportunities and disparities, backpacking offers a wide range of personal development chances for postmodern mobile professionals, who seem to be more interested in western lifestyle traveller enclaves and self-fulfillment than in exploring and understanding foreign cultures.

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    ISSN: 1999-253X (Online) (Text)
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    ISSN: 1999-2521 (Print) (Text)
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    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-1.2-10 (Text)

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