Over the past decade, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia have rapidly and significantly growth of both traditional and emerging geotourism. Both international and local tourists are attracted to a number of sites where unique geological heritages are exhibited. Many of these are well-known and popular among tourist worldwide and some of the sites are world class tourist places.
The conservation of these numerous valuable geoheritages is urgent and key aspect for all government agencies and partnerships, which is responsible for advising all aspects of geosciences as well as providing professional geosciences advice to the public, to conservable develop them as sustainable and highest exploitation especially in academic, tourism and socio-economic purposes. Finally, it leads to achieve the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) membership from UNESCO.
In this regard, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), Thailand, Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and South East Asia (CCOP), and The National Geopark of Thailand, in collaboration with the Geological Heritage Group of Malaysia (KWGM), Department of Mineral and Geoscience Malaysia (JMG), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universitas Pembangunan Nasional “Veteran”, Indonesia (UPN “Veteran”) and Geological Society of Thailand (GST) organized the “Regional Geoheritage Conference 2018” in Khon Kaen Province, Thailand with the theme “Geoheritages for People”.