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Preah Vihear in July

  • fivesilver

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    Anybody been? I'd imagine the roads could be a bit rough. We're thinking of trying to get there from Anlong Veng.

    #1 Posted: 29/3/2009 - 18:49

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    Roads will be patchy, but you should be able to get share transport from Anong Veng to there -- have heard to people hiring motodops to go from Anlong Veng to the temple on longish day trips. At worst, head to T'beng Meanchey and get transport from there, but that's a bit out of the way.

    #2 Posted: 30/3/2009 - 07:38

  • Asheai

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    not sure if you are aware of this, but according to the Canadian government travel report, all travel to Preah Vihear is recommended against! It says there has been fighting between Cambodiana and Thai forces in the area.

    here is the link for more information: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=46000

    #3 Posted: 2/4/2009 - 10:13

  • neosho

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    That happened several months back. Killed a few troops on both sides. The temple and area was closed for a while but has since been reopened. As recently as last week though, the Thai army was reported to have crossed the border again. The Thai's are downplaying it. The Cambodia gov. has kind of started growling about it. But then they always like to do that when there are protests going on in Thailand by antigovernment groups. Which is happening now by the red shirts.

    #4 Posted: 2/4/2009 - 11:46

  • dageshi

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    Considering going here in the next week or so, anyone have an info on getting there from Siem Reap?

    #5 Posted: 2/4/2009 - 15:38

  • fivesilver

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    Thanks asheai. I know about the tension there. I'm curious about the Thai government's stance on it. A lot of the time (not just in Thailand) governments react to domestic strife by playing up an external threat or enemy - nothing to unite the people like a foreign bogeyman.

    #6 Posted: 3/4/2009 - 00:35

  • neosho

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    I woke up this morning to read that they had a small gun battle again yesterday. Naturally the Thai's are downplaying it. The issue was raised last year during protests by the yellow shirts while they were trying to overthrow the current gov. at the time. It was raised to make that gov. look bad. I think the current administration would like to see it quietly go away. A big supporter of the yellow shirts last year is now Foreign Minister and has really downplayed his speeches against Cambodia during the protests.

    #7 Posted: 3/4/2009 - 11:18

  • fivesilver

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    More from AP(http://tinyurl.com/cr9782) - 'tension' I can handle, but we probably won't be going too near the place if they're lobbing artillery shells at each other.

    #8 Posted: 3/4/2009 - 16:48

  • neosho

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    According to the Bangkok Post this morning they had another clash yesterday , killing 2 soldiers on each side. The Thai's have closed it for tourists again.

    #9 Posted: 4/4/2009 - 09:26

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