Thailand awaits reopening of tourism access to Preah Vihear

Thai and Cambodian troops bullish about current relations but trouble is never far away from the shrine-turned-border crossing.

Thais are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the Preah Vihear temple ruins in Si Sa Ket, after 15 years of suspension, to promote tourism and a peace dialogue with Cambodia.

Due to border conflicts in the area over territory claimed by both countries, access to the temple from Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district has been blocked since 2008.

Thousands of soldiers from both countries are still stationed along the border in Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani and Surin. The patrols are deployed every 10–15 metres, compared to the overlapping stations which had triggered confrontation in 2011.

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