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Poipet-Las Vegus of Asia

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1. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

Those who travel Bangkok, can easily take a trip to Poipet (Combodia) which is know as Las Vegus of Asia due to some casinos there. For information, gambling is illegal in Thailand but it is legal at Poipet. So, gamlers go to Poipet from BKK.

Poipet is 3 hours journey from Northern Terminal of BKK. Visa is available at the border between 7.30 am-5 pm. Rather than, gambling at Poipet, you can also go to the world famous Angkor Wat (In the city of Seam Rip) but that journey is not easy due to road condicion.

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Have you been to Poipet or Siem Reap yourself, Mahmud?

3. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Have you been to Poipet or Siem Reap yourself, Mahmud?

I went Poipet but not Siem Rim. Beacuse the road condition is very bad. Only way is to go there by Lorry/Truck. Those are also rare. Otehr ahnd, my wife was with me. So,could not take the risk.

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The Lonely Planet guide book says that "if Cambodia was a body, then Poipet would be the armpit".

You are the first person I have ever known to recommend Poipet. The Thais tend to aliken the border crossing there to the gates of hell.
Sure there's a casino, so a quick border crossing is possible. However, is it necessary to first get a Cambodian visa before entering that country from Thailand?

You are right about the road to Siem Reap from Poipet. Full of potholes and landmines.

There is a casino over the water of the river in Pnom Penh. They'll also exchange money inside it.If someone wanted to go to Cambodia to gamble, the best way would be fly into Pnom Penh first. A visa can be purchased on arrival at the airport. Business visas are valid for longer.

5. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

The Lonely Planet guide book says that "if Cambodia was a body, then Poipet would be the armpit".

You are the first person I have ever known to recommend Poipet. The Thais tend to aliken the border crossing there to the gates of hell.
Sure there's a casino, so a quick border crossing is possible. However, is it necessary to first get a Cambodian visa before entering that country from Thailand?

You are right about the road to Siem Reap from Poipet. Full of potholes and landmines.

There is a casino over the water of the river in Pnom Penh. They'll also exchange money inside it.If someone wanted to go to Cambodia to gamble, the best way would be fly into Pnom Penh first. A visa can be purchased on arrival at the airport. Business visas are valid for longer.

Do not the reasons why people do not recoment Poipet. But I while I tarvelled couple of months ago with my wife, did not find anything to danger. Road Condition of Bangkok-Auronnapathet (Border town of Thailand) is nice, People of Poipet are friendly, Law & Order situation is good enough than previous years. So that I recomended for Poipet.

Regarding Poipet-Siem Rip road, though some obstackles, even I found that some are going there. If my wife was not with me, I must go there.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

People tend to go to Siem Reap for Angkor Wat

7. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

There aren't land mines near the road (Nat. Road 6). You have to get out in the boonies to find areas that haven't been cleared. You'll see offices for land mine clearing groups, but I'd be more scared of the crazy driving on the road than land mines near the road. I was just there two weeks ago, and, yes, it was bad, but not impassable. You can take a taxi, minibus, or a truck/lorry to get to Siem Reap. My money's with the taxi! Poipet really was an armpit. Not sure why I'd pay all that extra money to stay in a hotel and gamble, especially hotels where there's a $1,000 USD minimum. Sorry! I'd rather be at Angkor.