Thailand: Border market in Si Sa Ket is quiet due to fears of tension

 Thailand: Border market in Si Sa Ket is quiet due to fears of tension

Kai Yang, barbecued chicken Thai style at Don Wai Market in Nakhon Pathom province. Photo: Heinrich Damm.

SI SA KET, Aug 8 – Cambodian villagers are reluctant to cross the border to buy Thai goods at a Sunday market in this Thai border province where the disputed ancient temple lies.

The Sunday market in Si Sa Ket’s Phu Sing border district has been quiet since early Sunday as Cambodian villagers are fearful about crossing into Thai territory due to fears of tensions building up after learning that the Cambodian government has reinforced its troops along the border.

The chiefs of border checkpoints of the two neighbouring countries met to discuss the situation early Sunday in an attempt to cool down tensions centred on the historic Preah Vihear temple and its disputed environs.

Thai troops, meanwhile, are patrolling the border checkpoint round-the-clock to ensure that no violent incidents take place.



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