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If you are backpacking through Southeast Asia you may come across a town in Cambodia called Poipet. This is a small border town that has a border with Thailand. Poipet is in the province of Banteay Meanchey in western Cambodia with a population of 90,000 people.

Poipet is really a stopover town, it is a popular place for gambling mainly because gambling is illegal in Thailand. You will even see casinos and hotels between the Cambodian and Thai passport controls without the need to go to passport control.

In this post, we will go through things to do in Poipet Cambodia. So let’s get started!

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Things To Do In Poipet Cambodia

Poipet is a small border town in Cambodia that is more of a stopover for a night for those people who are traveling between Cambodia and Thailand. There are things to do in Poipet that will keep you busy for days.

Here is our list of things to do in Poipet Cambodia.

Visit The Casino

Poipet is full of casinos, it is the main reason people go to Poipet other than crossing the Border. As you walk around you will encounter a lot of casino promotions. The offers from casinos can be hard to refuse.

If interested, you will need to go to a casino and register as a member, if not a hotel guest, you can get free drinks and free transport. Gambling is illegal for Cambodians but not for holders of foreign passports. At night it can be dangerous walking around at night.

Like in Las Vegas the casinos offer other things than gambling like massages, spa treatments, restaurants and there are even a couple of golf courses.

See The Star Vegas International Resort

The Star Vegas International Resort has a golf course in the border zone, offering one of the few leisurely and clean ways to pass the time. They also run massage and spa treatments.

Star Vegas International Resort

At The Border Crossing

If you have a plan to enter either Cambodia or Thailand via bus, you will more than likely have to go through Poipet. It is the mainland crossing and transport hub for travel between the cities of Siem Reap and Bangkok. The city is known for its casinos, which line the main street and the area around the border.

Cambodia Thailand Border Crossing

There are three major cities of Phnom Penh, Battambang, and Siem Reap are each directly connected to Poipet. The bus station is located in the city center near the southwest end of Pub Street.

Note, if you are on a bus to Poipet with a view to leaving Cambodia, the bus will stop at its company’s Poipet office first. Do not get off unnecessarily as it will likely continue as far as immigration, which will save you a walk or motorbike taxi fare.

Scams At The Border Crossing

When crossing the border at Poipet there are a couple of things you need to beware of. Here are some tips for crossing the border and not getting scammed.

  • Do not change money at the border, you will be overcharged. If you want Thai baht or US dollars ahead of time, you can change money in Siem Reap or any money changer before going to Poipet, or hit the ATM immediately after crossing the border.
  • The bus was delayed for a few hours. You are being told that your bus is delayed for a few hours and being advised to take a shared taxi instead.
  • Visa-entry charges that don’t exist. Officials are known to insist on taxes that don’t exist. Visit Thailand and Cambodia visa entry requirements before coming to the border crossing.
  • Bars can be rip-offs. Bars and other local entertainments including gambling can be rip-offs enforced by strong-armed tactics.
  • Pick-pockets. Pickpockets are a problem in Poipet.
  • You can read more details here from TripAdvisor.

Wrapping Up

Finally, to be frank, there is not a lot of things to do in Poipet Cambodia, other than gambling. The town economy is strongly dependent on the casinos. The main thing is to do your homework and beware of the scams before arriving at Poipet’s border crossing.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Poipet Cambodia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know what you thought of Poipet.

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