|Banned from casino gambling in their own country, wealthy Thais are frittingaway millions of dollars a year in casinos elsewhere.A one kilometre-strip of casinos in bordering Poipet, Cambodia is a populardestination for the Thais, mostly ethnic Chinese, says Agence France Presse.|
'During Chinese New Year... they flocked across the border and into thecasinos, ignoring stern Thai goverment warnings posted on signboards whichadvised, 'crossing the border for gambling purposes may not be safe for your personal life.''
Thailand's government has publicly lamented the attraction of the 18 casinos strategically situated next to busy checkpoints. Cambodia is not the onlybordering country taking advantage of Thailand's restrictive gambling laws.Apart from the 13 casinos in Cambodia, there are also 4 in Myanmar(Burmah),and 1 in Laos. Malaysia does not seem to be exploiting the situation. TheThai government says the casinos have contributed to alarmingly high capitaloutflows.
The National Intelligence Agency last year estimated half a million Thais were collectively wagering around 7billion baht (156 million dollars) each year at the casinos.