Third temple in Cambodian-Thai border dispute

First Preah Vihear, then Ta Moan Thom, and now Tawai. The temple is on a piece of disputed border in Thailand’s Surin province is the third flashpoint for a standoff between Thai and Cambodian troops.

Thai, Cambodian army standoff at another dispute temple ruin
MCOT News, 13 September 2008

A combined Thai Army force of local para-military rangers and regular troops from the Suranaree Task Force were dispatched to another ancient ruin, this time the Tawai temple sitting atop the Phnom Dong Rak mountain range in Thailand’s northeastern province of Surin along the Cambodian border.

The Thai military force was dispatched following reports that some 150 armed Khmer troops led by Col. Neak Pung, commander of the Cambodian army’s Task Force 42 assigned to defend the mountain, had several days ago tried to enter the ancient temple, which is claimed by both countries.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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