A new casino that is cambodian the border with Thailand has provoked a bizarre border stand-off involving the two countries.

An attempt for the brand new casino just before its opening on April 7. It probably still looks a complete great deal like this, head you, since both Thais and Cambodians are barred from visiting it.

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 all of its footfall from across the border in Thailand since it’s illegal for the residents of both countries to gamble in casinos.

This seemed like a sound business plan, until Thai authorities, on the nights the casino’s soft opening on April 7, banned their citizens from crossing the checkpoint to go to it.

Thus, we have beautiful brand new casino that no one, or at least no one born within hundreds of miles of it, can actually visit.

In retaliation this week, Cambodian authorities banned its citizens from crossing the edge to visit Thailand.

This stalemate is damaging the continuing business for local tradesmen on both sides whom 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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