A new Cambodian casino on the border with Thailand has provoked a strange border stand-off between the two countries.
A shot of this casino that is new before its opening on April 7. It probably still looks a complete lot like this, brain 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 exposed several weeks ago at the Chong Sai Taku temporary edge crossing in Cambodia’s Ban Kruat region, was relying on attracting all of its footfall from across the edge in Thailand.
This seemed like a sound company plan, until Thai authorities, on the nights the casino’s soft opening on April 7, prohibited their citizens from crossing the checkpoint to see it.
Therefore, we have beautiful new casino that no one, or at least no one born within a huge selection of miles of it, can actually visit.
In retaliation this week, Cambodian authorities banned unique citizens from crossing the edge to visit Thailand.
This stalemate is damaging the continuing company for local tradesmen on both sides who rely on cross-border activity with regards to their livelihoods. Santi Uthumporn, mayor of the tambon Chanthop Phet Municipality in Ban Kruat district, told the Bankok Post that trade had plunged from several million baht a to almost zero week.
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