On the ground near Thai and Cambodian temple conflict.

A friend of mine amongst many other things somehow manages to find time to run a website called The Thai Report.

I was talking with him via email yesterday and he mentioned that he had taken a friend on a waterfall tour close to Prasat Khao Phra Viharn ปราสาทเขาพระวิหาร

Here is part of what he wrote.

A friend of mine from Canada is visiting and we went down to Phu Chong Na Yoi yesterday. The staff said they could hear the shelling from the park but nothing had landed close to them. The army guys at the emerald triangle post were fishing and drinking whisky. Then we went to look for another waterfall west of there and ended up driving across 2248. Weirdest drive ever. The road and villages were completely empty other than a few local guards with shotguns and soldiers on motorcycles. We stopped to look at the damaged school and then left as we were starting to feel a bit uncomfortable. Then we drove up to Kantharalak and didn’t see anyone but soldiers the whole way. There were no road blocks or anything though. The village with the school that was hit had to of been targeted. Too many shells landed close together for it to be an accident.

    Unfortunately I didn’t get much video/pictures as I was the one driving and we were both feeling too nervous to spend much time.
    Here’s a picture I took of the school though. The village is right next to it and several houses were burnt out.

4 responses to “On the ground near Thai and Cambodian temple conflict.

  1. Thanks again for the post keep them coming


  2. Interesting. Not sure what source I was watching (TV at the ‘Monk’s’ hospital just out of Ubon) , but the report was about 15,000 Thais moving from their homes and into tents somewhere around Surin. This sort of ‘evacuation’ can be a rather ‘negative’ sign of military ‘safety’ but for some action other than nominal patrols. It may also be a measure to gain media support for possible confrontation. I don’t know. My military days are not much better than fragmented memories now, but to me, this is not a good sign of things to come. I’m not panicking nor do I wish to create panick. I’m just saying it how I see it. Anyways, good work and tell those guys to get out of that area – quickly! Cheers.

    • Hi Terry,
      Not having any type of military background I read your comments with great interest. I had never looked at the evacuation process that way before and as much as I don’t want to believe it I think that you could be onto something. I am off to Laos tomorrow and must admit I am a little hesitant about leaving my girls in the village. Must admit though, I am more blasé about this sort of stuff then my wife is so they are probably safer without me there! If there is any sign of trouble I am positive she will have the kids out of there faster then a spicy som tum being devoured by a group of Issan ladies!

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