Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The controversies over the prospects of the Kra Canal persuade me to write my major paper about it. Ever since the Thai government rejected the proposals for construction of the canal, the press has criticized that the actual reason why the government rejected the canal proposals was because of its fear of the irredentist movement with complete disregard of the enormous benefits of raising our balance of payments and standard of living. Nevertheless, there must be other important reasons. My opinions, which do not reflect those of the Thai government are based on problems of sources of capital, advantages and disadvantages as the important points. The main sources of this paper are in Thai, and the estimated expenditure is rather old, since there has been no official committee to consider this project since 1972. Within the last decade, proposals reviewing this project have been limited to the private sector.