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Freitag, 22. April 2011

Part 3 - Preah Vihear No Man's Land

Khao Pra Wihan National Park

 All pictures of Preah Vihear in this blog sequel were privately taken end of 2006. During that time the situation was tranquil and peaceful, complemented by business optimism at this restive border area. A huge parking lot, a tourist information office, restaurants and a market place with souvenir shops were built on the Thai side just one or two years before. The people’s vision was directed towards a prosperous future, the conflicts of the past put aside. In the year 2006 Preah Vihear was reviving as a mystical ancient showplace, worth visiting. So it seemed…

         Parking lot and shop rows

Tourist Information Office

The avenues between the building complexes in this model of Preah Vihear are not to scale. In reality they are longer.


There is a viewpoint at the Thai side near the parking lot directly at the edge of the Dangrek escarpment. It seems that one world ends here and another begins deep down there. 

The tourist office, restaurants and market buildings were damaged or destroyed by Cambodian artillery during the February 2011 clashes. 

Cautionary Remark: Whoever intends to visit Preah Vihear / Khao Pra Wihan should ask for advice beforehand. As of now, April 2011, the place is closed for visitors. Thai and Cambodian troops face each other in close proximity. Renewed battles could emerge at any time.   

stay tuned...

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