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An Emphatic Border

And so, to the Thailand:Cambodia border...this 100metre high cliff is the border! In the light rain, visibility is not good, but we knew that here the highland is Thailand. 

 

It is not a happy place, as it is the scene of a long-running dispute between the two countries. There is an impressive Khmer ruin at the top of the cliff, and it has recently been given by the International Court to Cambodia. Cambodia has beclaired that this ruin can be visited only  from the Cambodian side of the border, which meens that intending visitors must obtain a Cambodia Visa. When I visited, about 16 years ago, and ownership was nominally Thai, it was possible to visit from either country, and there were sufficient tourists to support 20 restaronts next to the site...all now gone!

 

Those rocks in the lower image are actually man-made pill boxes where Thai soldiers defend their side of the border. Occasionally there are exchanges of morters and bullets. Sad...

An Emphatic Border

And so, to the Thailand:Cambodia border...this 100metre high cliff is the border! In the light rain, visibility is not good, but we knew that here the highland is Thailand. 

 

It is not a happy place, as it is the scene of a long-running dispute between the two countries. There is an impressive Khmer ruin at the top of the cliff, and it has recently been given by the International Court to Cambodia. Cambodia has beclaired that this ruin can be visited only  from the Cambodian side of the border, which meens that intending visitors must obtain a Cambodia Visa. When I visited, about 16 years ago, and ownership was nominally Thai, it was possible to visit from either country, and there were sufficient tourists to support 20 restaronts next to the site...all now gone!

 

Those rocks in the lower image are actually man-made pill boxes where Thai soldiers defend their side of the border. Occasionally there are exchanges of morters and bullets. Sad...

comments (10)

Correct Ray, wonderful place but with a totally screwed up history thanks to nationalism....
Ray: Especially sad for me, KK, as I live near the border and know there are people with deep Khmer heritage on both sides of this border.
Cette falaise est impressionnante. Les explications sont très intéressantes.
Ray: La falaise a une longueur d'environ 300 km, avec quelques endroits où il est possible de conduire d'un pays à l'autre, Martine ... notre maison est à environ 25 km de la falaise.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Sep 2019, 06:21
That's very dramatic border. It would certainly deter people going from the country on the right to that on the left.

Shame about the dispute, though; a loss of livelihood by those affected.
Ray: This cliff border runs about 300km, and goes not far from our house, near which there are 4 more cliff-top Khmer ruins that are in dispute between these countries. A couple of times I have tried to visit but was turned back by soldiers who suggested there were bullets flying.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Sep 2019, 06:31
All a bit pointless isn't it when countries get narky with each other over land border details. You'd think they would realise these sorts of spats are a waste of everyone's time..
Ray: I find it rather sad that the two Countries cannot sort this out, Chris.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Sep 2019, 06:50
I like this misty scene Ray, and interesting to read about this border between two neighbouring countries.
Ray: The light rain that continued for 2 entire days was a bit of a pain, Chad, but it did give this opportunity for a bit of drama in the view.
Sad that political posturing has ruined what would be a successful tourist centre.
Ray: I find it all silly and immature, Bill...things like this should not be difficult.
Merci pour toutes ces explications , la vie ne doit pas etre simple pour toutes ces personnes
Ta photo est impressionnante
Ray: Je pense qu'il est très dommage que les habitants de cette région ne soient pas laissés pour régler le problème. Des deux côtés de la frontière, les gens ont les mêmes racines khmères.
Why argue over such fine countryside and the ruins that go with it, surely it should be there for everybody to enjoy regardless of natioanlity, sometimes politicians need to grow up, unfortuntely those in Europe and the U.K.will never do that sadly!
Ray: Given that locals on both sides of the border have identical Khmer derivation, Brian, there is even more reason to give equal access to all.
Politics is the ruination of this world.
Ray: Je suis d'accord avec votre affirmation, Mary.
Lovely -like a Chinese painting, Ray
Ray: I can see how you would make that connection, Tom.

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