Preah Vihear Chills
BOMBORRA IMAGES — A photo feature from Luke Hunt taken at Preah Viihear
before the fighting abated on the Cambodian border with Thailand. The thaw in relations came after the election of Yingluck Shinawatra and more importantly an international ruling that favours Phnom Penh over control of temples along the border of the two countries. Thai troops were ordered into the area after UNESCO responded to lobbying by Cambodia and listed Preah Vihear as a World Heritage site in 2008. Preah Vihear sits 700 meters inside the Cambodian border and Cambodian sovereignty over the site was reaffirmed in 1962 by an international court. The area in the Dangrek Mountains has been recently disputed by Thailand despite initial agreements reached in 1908.