A brand 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 lot such as this, mind you, since both Thais and Cambodians are barred from visiting it.
Since it’s illegal for the residents of both countries to gamble in casinos, the Saitaku Resort and Casino, which started several weeks ago at the Chong Sai Taku temporary edge crossing in Cambodia’s Ban Kruat region, was relying on attracting each of its footfall from across the edge in Thailand.
This seemed like an audio business plan, until Thai authorities, on the nights the casino’s soft opening on April 7, prohibited their citizens from crossing the checkpoint to check out it.
Thus, we have beautiful new casino that no one, or at least no one born within a huge selection of miles from it, can actually visit.
In retaliation this week, Cambodian authorities banned its own citizens from crossing the edge to visit Thailand.
This stalemate is damaging the continuing business for local tradesmen on both sides who 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 week to nearly zero.