Staying in poipet, mad idea??
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Mar 2, 2013 4:50 AM Last Post By: joegoozey
Sep 30, 2012 4:33 AM
Staying in poipet, mad idea??Has anyone here stayed in Poipet ? I've wizzed through a few times and been glad to be on the bus moving out to Siem Rep BUT have I maybe judged the place too harshly?
Yes it does look like a single dust track with falling down shacks and rabid dogs but maybe something interesting lies behind the main strip or nearby, Anyone know? And although I would not want to stay in the Casinos is there a half decent hotel somebody has used, how about the one that overlooks the bus station?
Thx for any insight
Sep 30, 2012 9:39 AM
Sep 30, 2012 8:05 PM
2Had a friend working there a couple of years ago so I've stayed there, always stayed at the casino hotels, great luxury for 500-1000 baht including buffe breakfast. Many good restaurants in the casino area, daily Thai buffe 99 baht, an excellent Japanese restaurant, a couple of beer gardens with good seafood.
A nine hole golf course whitin walking distance. Poipet town itself doesn't have much on offer.
Sep 30, 2012 11:24 PM
Oct 1, 2012 4:18 PM
4I'd be staying in the Thai border town myself, I assume you're crossing borders? Don't see what other purpose there is for visiting Poipet.
Oct 2, 2012 1:53 AM
5I've often thought about spending the night in Poipet, but have always been in a hurry to get to SR or BKK. Why don't you do it and write a post about it?
Oct 5, 2012 10:27 AM
Oct 7, 2012 5:59 PM
Oct 7, 2012 11:49 PM
8Angsta, aren't you a long-time Cambodia expert, with a presence on K440 and so on and so forth?
Oct 8, 2012 7:17 PM
9Ha ha I have been visiting Cambodia for over 10 years but I have never stayed in Poipet and the people I know that have did so a few years ago. Outside the casino area the town looks awful. I remember someone telling me they wouldn't let their dog eat in the market never mind eat their themselves. Passing through on Thursday maybe i'll stay, although I find casino gambling kinda boring. Football however...
Oct 10, 2012 2:19 PM
10I travelled through the border last time with a slightly mad french guy (yes I know) and he planned to stay at the hostel next to the new bus station and claimed it was $9 a night. As the border was quite busy we didn't complete the journey acroos the border together so don't know what happened to him. I think staying in the casinos well you could be staying anywhere in the worls its just a Casino it isn't really staying in Poipet., hmmm??
Oct 10, 2012 11:51 PM
11But i've never stayed in a casino before.
I don't want to stay in Poipet I will be arriving at the border late and want to get a cross and not be on the roads at night.
Oct 16, 2012 11:50 AM
Oct 23, 2012 2:06 AM
13Procrastinated in Issan and got to the border at 8.30 pm. Next time...
Mar 1, 2013 9:06 PM
14I stayed in Poipet last week. Got into town around 2pm and basic laziness stopped me from turning around and heading straight back to Thailand so I decided to spend the night.
I stayed in a hotel approx 500 meters from the border called Phnom Pich for $10. It was clean and seemed busy. The staff were friendly and they had a small shop that sold the essentials. What's not to like? The place next door also looked ok @$13 called the Huy Kea and seemed to full of a Vietnamese delegation with a Royal police escort.
A GH closer to the border has internet for 30 baht an hour although the GH I stayed in claimed to have Wifi I didn't bring my laptop.
I saw one other barang in town who wasn't looking for the border or the last bus to SR and he lived in Battambang and was visiting the casinos.
Food was tricky before 6 or 7pm although the market was just like any Issan market in Thailand if that's your thing. There was a nice beer garden one street to the left of the main road down the second or third turn on the corner. You can also eat pretty well at the Diamond casino and across the street at the Holiday Casino. They have food stalls and a nice restaurant approx 800 meters from the border you get to Capitol on the right hand side just after the temple.
Drinking options included Discovery which is a disco on the right of the main street approx 500 meters from the border I selling jugs of beer for 200 baht and it was busy with Khmer's. It's next to a big KTV. There is also a "Thai" style disco/club inside the casino complex complete with Coyote dancers and a VIP area that was open until 5am. Beer was a touch expensive.
Having read a few things online about Poipet the headlines seemed to be expect to be robbed and if you're really lucky expect to be beaten up for being a foreigner as well. This seems well off the mark. The people are friendly just like anywhere else in Cambodia and in Issan for that matter. There are much worse places to stay. I spent a night in Arun last October and that place was pretty boring. I prefer Poipet.
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