A new Cambodian casino on the border with Thailand has provoked a bizarre border stand-off involving the two countries.
A shot associated with casino that is new before its opening on April 7. It probably still appears a complete great deal similar to this, mind you, since both Thais and Cambodians are barred from visiting it.
Since it’s illegal for the residents of both nations to gamble in casinos, the Saitaku Resort and Casino, which opened several weeks ago at the Chong Sai Taku temporary border crossing in Cambodia’s Ban Kruat district, was relying on attracting every one of its footfall from across the edge in Thailand.
This seemed like a sound business plan, until Thai authorities, on the night of the casino’s soft opening on April 7, prohibited their citizens from crossing the checkpoint to see it.
Thus, we have a beautiful new casino that no one, or at least no one born within hundreds of miles from it, can actually visit.
In retaliation this week, Cambodian authorities banned its own citizens from crossing the border to visit Thailand.
This stalemate is damaging the company for local tradesmen on both sides whom depend on cross-border activity for his or her livelihoods. Santi Uthumporn, mayor of the tambon Chanthop Phet Municipality in Ban Kruat district, told the Bankok Post that trade had plunged from a few million baht a to almost zero week.
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