Monday, 7 February 2011

Business as usual at border with Thailand

via CAAI

Monday, 07 February 2011 10:32 Soeun Say

CROSSINGS made by tourists and traders across the Cambodia-Thailand border are still going strong, officials said yesterday, despite political turmoil and a deadly border clash.

“Everything is normal,” said Sao Bunrith, chief of the Poipet border checkpoint in Banteay Meanchey province, the main crossing to Thailand.

“They [international tourists] are still crossing everyday – it is not a problem. Cambodian and Thai people are still doing business normally,” he added.

Officials said that many Thais – benefiting from a visa exemption programme introduced late last year – flooded across the border to enjoy Cambodia’s casinos during Chinese New Year, as violence broke out at Preah Vihear.

Last month saw the number crossings made at the checkpoint total 251,597. This was an increase of 25 percent on the same month of 2010, according to deputy Poipet border chief Tem Yady.

Kong Sophearak, director of the Department of Statistics and Information at the Ministry of Tourism, added that the Poipet was traditionally the most popular land crossing.


Anonymous said...

police immigration of poipet border fulled of corruptions,forced illegal khmer workers send from thailand to provide money 200-300 baht for 1 person for release from post of police,these are really cruel activities of Mr.sao.bunrith who let his officers to pressure khmer illegal workers like this.

Anonymous said...

according to the agreement between thai-khmer government about border pass,just let peoples who live in poipet district only,but Mr.sao.bunrith,chief of post accepted all kind of peoples who live other province that contrast with the agreement of both nation,thai-khmer.for peoples living outside of ouchrov district,1000-1200baht for 1 person,at least over 1 hundred persons outside of ouchrov come ask for borderpass,this is the serious corruption,against the government's principles to reduce the poverty for cambodians through out the country.

Anonymous said...

cambodian peoples who ask for immigration card,must pay 220 baht for 1 person,and khmer police immgration provide 100 baht to thai police immgration,this is the betrayal of own nation to serve thailand,please yinteang punish these corrupted police immgration at border to court and jail them.