Poipet | Casino Town
Poipet is located in the north-western of Cambodia, in Banteay Meanchey Province, which links to Aranyaprathet, Thailand. It is Cambodia’s main border crossing with Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of tourists cross the border every day, which has made Poipet grow to be larger than its provincial capital, Sisophon. Just like any other border towns, there are not many attractions in Poipet, which is the reason why many people do not usually spend a night here, and directly travel to Battambong, Siem Reap, or Phnom Penh. As many people do not really know about Poipet, this article will act as your Poipet travel guide, which shows where you can eat, sleep, visit, and transportation services available in the town of Poipet.
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Getting in Poipet
- From elsewhere in Cambodia
There are a lot of transportation options for getting in and out of Poipet. Poipet is directly connected to Phnom Penh, Battambong, and Siem Reap, which are the three major cities of Cambodia. Your guesthouse or hotel might have ticketing service, so ask them to assist you. You can either use the bus, van or taxi. If you travel by bus or van with the purpose of going directly to Thailand, the bus or van will likely stop at its company’s office in Poipet. So do not get off the bus or van unnecessarily as it will likely continue to immigration building.
- To elsewhere in Cambodia
To travel from Poipet to any destinations in Cambodia, you can either use the bus, van, or even train. There are direct buses and vans from Poipet to Phnom Penh. It usually takes about 9 hours to Phnom Penh for big buses, which usually costs around 15 USD. Capitol and Virak Buntham Express are two good choices for you. On the other hand, you can travel by vans. Vans go faster than bus, which usually takes about 7 hours to Phnom Penh and costs around 17 USD. If your next destination is Battambong or Siem Reap, there are direct vans and buses from Poipet as well.
Since 2018, there is a train from Poipet to Phnom Penh, which offers a cheap and comfortable way to travel. But please note that the train does not operate everyday.
- After you get out of Cambodian arrivals office, around the roundabout area, you will see a lot of buses and taxis waiting for tourists. They claims themselves as official transportation services. This is where the scam happens as they offer overpriced transportation services. Please be aware.
- After getting of that zone, you will find bus many companies’ offices along the main street, just a little away from the immagration. You can find better and reasonable transportation services here.
What you can do
Visit casinos -poipet
Poipet is Cambodia’s number two casino destination. There are a lot of casinos scattered everywhere in the town, especially near the border. If you are interested in gamling, then Poipet is your must-visit destination in Cambodia. You can find a lot of high end, international casinos in Poipet. At the same time, there are some small local casinos as well.
Star Vegas International Resort
Star Vegas International Resort stands on 10,000 square foot gaming space. It features 1,264 gaming machines and 109 table games. There are restaurants, karaoke, massage, salon, fitness center, spa, swimming pool and duty free shop.
- Location : 292 Mao Ze Tung Road, Kamchamkamoru, Aranyaprathet-Poipet Border, Poipet, Banteay Mean Chey , Cambodia
Holiday Palace Hotel and Resort
Another big hotel and casino in Poipet, Holiday Palace features 300 gaming machines and 70 table games. There is a Japanese restaurant, a Cantonese restaurant and buffet in Holiday Palace as well.
- Location : Krong Street, Khan Mittapheap, Poipet, Banteay Mean Chey , Cambodia
Grand Diamond City
Grand Diamond City is a casino in Poipet, featuring 220 gaming machines and 93 table games.
- Location : 988 F, Group 50, Kbal Spean Village, Auchav District, Poipet, Banteay Mean Chey , Cambodia
Visit the main shopping area of Rong Kluea Market -poipet
Rong Kluea Market is situated in Aranyaprathet, Thailand border. It is really close to the Thai immigration. Rong Kluea Market consists of a lot of both Khmer and Thai sellers, selling all kinds of goods both new and secondhand products. Handbags, watches, clothes, jewelry, electronics, shoes, DVDs, just to name a few. Prices here are so much cheaper than other retail markets. However, you need to have a strong bargaining skill to make sure that you get a good price. You should really visit Rong Kluea Market to experience how a local market in Asian countries really is.
Old Railway Station in Poipet
There is an old railway station in Poipet, located only 850 meters from the border. This railway has stopped operating for a long time. Until 2018, this railway station has been reopened to serve the public. This railway station features traditional style train, which really brings you back to the 1950s. Poipet Railway Station is a really good spot to take some good photos.
When should you go to Poipet
Cambodia is blessed with one of Asia’s simpler weather systems. It has two distinct weather seasons, which are dry season (from October to April) and wet season (from May to September). However, you still can travel in Cambodia all year round. To make your travel a little easier, we recommend you to visit Cambodia or go to Poipet between November and December, because there is less chance of rain, and the temperature is quite cool, it is anywhere between 25 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius.
It is true that Poipet does not offer a wide variety of restaurants, and cuisines. However, you can still find some good spots to eat and chill here.
Destiny Cafe is the most popular cafe among locals as well as tourists. It is an NGO supported cafe that serves Khmer, Thai and Western cuisine. It offers a range of breakfast options. Moreover, you can have coffee, fruit drinks, some bread from the onsite bakery in an air-conditioned and clean environment with free WiFi.
Kewin Kitchen is an Indonesian restaurant in Poipet. If you want to try something different, Kewin Kitchen is the right one for you.
Capitol Restaurant is also a good choice as it offers Khmer and Thai dishes with the price around 2 USD to 4 USD.
Poipet Resort Casino
Poipet Resort Casino offers buffet style lunch with a variety of food. They also have a coffee shop where you can grab a drink and chill in the air conditioning.
If you want something upscale, we recommend you the Holiday Palace. Holiday Palace is a hotel and casino, however, you can find upscale dining. If you want Cantonese cuisine, then go to Dragon Palace Restaurant inside the hotel. And if you want Japanese food, then go to Matsubayashi Japanese Restaurant. Moreover, you can get a full buffet style lunch inside Holiday Palace as well.
Even though there are not many tourists stay in Poipet, as they prefer to stay in Siem Reap or Battambong more, however, there are still a wide range of accommodation options in Poipet. Moreover, staying in Poipet is much cheaper than staying in Aranyaprathet, Thailand. For less than 20 USD per night, you can find a reasonably good accommodation in Poipet.
Poipet Phnom Pich Guest House
Poipet Phnom Pich Guest House is a good choice for people who are on budget. They offer a fan room for the price as low as 5 USD per night. They also offer air conditioning rooms with the price of 10 USD per night. And guess what? You get free WiFi too.
- Price range : 5 to 10 USD
- Location : On the main street, opposite the old train station, about 500 meters from the border office
Huy Kea Hotel
Huy Kea Hotel is a budget hotel, situated next to Poipet Phnom Pich Guest House. It is super affordable with all the basic amenities offered.
- Price range : 11 to 12 USD
- Location : On the main street, opposite the old train station, about 500 meters from the border office, next to Poipet Phnom Pich Guest House.
Chao Pah Ya Guest House
Chao Pah Ya Guest House is situated close to the Grand Diamond Casino. In the alley that the guest house situated on, you can find cheap local food.
- Price range : 10 to 12 USD
- Location : Alley to the left of Grand Diamond City Casino, near the Cambodia checkpoint.
Hotel City Poipet
Hotel City Poipet is a new hotel in the town that offer a clean and affordable accommodation. For 12 USD, you can have an air conditioning room with hot water. There is a restaurant next to the hotel.
- Price range : 12 to 20 USD
- Location : About 1 kilometer from the border, on the left side of the main road in the direction of Siem Reap.
Stay Safe -poipet
When you are travelling, it is important to be cautious all the time. In Cambodia, violent crime is rare but scams and pick pocketing are issues you need to be aware of.
Pickpockets and snatch thieves
When you are walking in the crowd, you must be aware of your belongings. One useful tip is using a money belt. Putting your money and your valuable belongings in front of you, make sure that your belongings are being watched all the time. Moreover, when you are walking on the street or riding on a motorbike or tuk tuk, do not use your phone or hold any value things in your hands. Put your valuable belongings in your bag and wear your bag by putting it in front of your chest. If you are travelling alone, it is better to not hang out too late at night.
The main thing you need to be aware of is scam, especially the visa scam. When you arrive at the border, there will be touts coming up to you saying that they can get you a visa without you waiting in line. These touts will charge you as much as 30 USD. They may get you a fraudulent visa and then disappear. So please be aware and remember that you need to wait in line and only use the official border checkpoint.
Another scam is changing money at very bad rates of exchange. Please carefully observe the changing rates before deciding to changing your money at any places. You can also use US dollar in Cambodia, so if it is possible, you can wait and change your money in the city like Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.
As mentioned earlier that taxis and buses near the Cambodian immigration, around the roundabout will charge you unreasonable prices. Use the taxis and buses outside of that zone, and you will save a lot of money. When you arrive at your destination, some taxis will even drop you off in a dusty parking lot out of town, but not your guesthouse or hotel. One tip for this is, simply do not pay until you are happy with the destination.
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Poipet is one of the busiest towns in Cambodia. It is not only a border town, but it also has some tourist attractions that are worth your visit too. There are a bunch of casinos in Poipet. If you are interested in gamling, you should really pay Poipet a visit. You can find a lot of budget food and accommodations in Poipet. If you want upscale dining and accommodations, there are many international hotels there in Poipet that can satisfy your needs as well. Even though, there are some insecurity happened in Poipet, but you will surely avoid it all if you are careful and be aware of everything.