Hugging the boundary between Cambodia and Thailand, Preah Vihear has been the subject of many border disputes. Things flared up in 1962, when the site was awarded to Cambodia by the International Court of Justice in The Hague; then in July 2001, Hun Sen sacked a senior tourism official for signing an agreement allowing the Thais to develop the site, and later that year the Thais closed access from their side, citing Cambodian lack of co operation on cross-border issues. The border reopened in 2003; but things got nasty again in 2008, and there has been occasional fighting between Cambodian and Thai military along the border ever since. Before visiting, check the current situation online at whttp://www.fco.gov.uk.
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