More Chinese punters flock to Poipet

Cambodian border town could get even busier with revived rail service.

Chinese people are beginning to flock to the Cambodian border town of Poipet, which has become the country’s second most popular gambling destination after the coastal city of Sihanoukville.

There is no official record of how many Chinese are in Poipet. However, one estimate suggests that between 8,000 and 10,000 Chinese are in the city, either involved in the construction or gaming industry, or staying as short-term tourists who go there for gambling.

Poipet could become even busier now that Thailand and Cambodia have officially opened the “missing link” from Aranyaprathet to restore cross-border rail service for the first time in 46 years.

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