Thai tourists cancel Cambodia visits amid temple dispute


Thailand’s tourism chief says about a thousand Thais have cancelled visits to Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat ruins since a dispute erupted between the two neighbours over another temple.

The president of the Thai Tourism Promotion Association says the mass cancellations began last week at the height of a disagreement over the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.

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Thai protests forced the government to retract its support for Cambodia’s successful application to list the temple as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as its entrance lies within its borders.

No violence against Thais has been reported in Cambodia since the dispute began, though the Preah Vihear temple was temporarily closed two weeks ago after 100 Thai protesters tried to march there.