Poipet (Khmer: ប៉ោយប៉ែត [paojpaet]) is a boomtown on the Cambodian-Thai border, in Poipet Municipality, Banteay Meanchey Province. It is a key crossing point between the two countries, and also extremely popular as a gambling destination as gambling is popular, but mostly illegal in Thailand.

Poipet skyline
Poipet skyline
Poipet is located in Cambodia
Location of Poipet, Cambodia
Coordinates: 13°39′N 102°34′E / 13.650°N 102.567°E / 13.650; 102.567
Country Cambodia
ProvinceBanteay Meanchey
 • Total98,934
 • Density3,614/km2 (9,360/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+07:00 (ICT)
Khmer name
UNGEGN: Paôypêt
GD: Paoypaet
ALA-LC: P″oip″aet
IPA: [paojpaet]

Poipet is adjacent to the town of Aranyaprathet on the Thai side of the border. The town came into existence only quite recently for the express purpose of border trade; Sisophon had always been the primary urban center in what had been an agricultural area. Poipet's population has increased from 43,366 in the 1998 census to 89,549 in the 2008 census, making it the fourth most populous settlement in Cambodia just ahead of Sihanoukville and larger than its provincial capital Sisophon.[2]


The Poipet border is a terminus of the Cambodia railway system, though in 2006 restoring of a link from Poipet to the present Cambodian Railways railhead at Sisophon was proposed. In the fall of 2008, an agreement was prepared to have an Australian company carry out this work.[3] In 2009, Thailand passed legislation to extend the railway from Aranyaprathet to Poipet, and in 2018 the railway line has been reactivated.

On 22 December 2022, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the government has been conducting studies on high-speed railways connecting domestically and to neighbouring countries. “We are conducting studies on high-speed railways connecting Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk province and to the border with Thailand.”[4]

Casinos in the cityEdit

There is a strip of casinos and hotels between the Cambodian and Thai passport control counters, enabling Thais and other foreigners to gamble in Cambodia without needing to go through Cambodian immigration. In Cambodia, gambling is illegal for Cambodian citizens but not for holders of foreign passports. There is another border on the Cambodian side of this strip area that one needs to pass before being free to travel within the rest of the country.

On 28 December 2022, a fire at the Grand Diamond City Hotel and Casino killed 27 people and injured dozens of others.[5]



  1. ^ "General Population Census of the Kingdom of Cambodia 2019 – Final Results" (PDF). National Institute of Statistics. Ministry of Planning. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Cambodia: Provinces, Districts, Cities, Communes, City Districts - Population Statistics in Maps and Charts". www.citypopulation.de.
  3. ^ Ailing railway set for upgrade. The Phnom Penh Post, Wednesday, 29 October 2008.
  4. ^ Chea Vanyuth (23 December 2022). "Cambodia on track for high-speed railway". Khmer Times.
  5. ^ Sinith, Heng; Cheang, Sopheng (December 30, 2022). "26 bodies found as search ends at Cambodian hotel fire site". ABC News. Retrieved December 30, 2022.

13°39′N 102°34′E / 13.650°N 102.567°E / 13.650; 102.567