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A variety of food vendors will call you while walking towards the arc of Poipet. They sell different kinds of food some of which are already cooked and some will be cooked in front of you as you order. The three of us just smiled and walk towards the arc as we would be meeting a man our hotel as arranged to pick us up.
The young man whose name I already forgot (thank god) told us that Poipet’s old and new buildings are actually casinos. Me and my companions were somehow shocked to hear this news as the city looked undeveloped. He added, gambling is illegal in Thailand that’s why investors decided to build hotels in Poipet so that Thais can just walk in and out of Cambodia when they feel like gambling.
Moments later we found ourselves standing in front of gatehouse, our guide asked for our passports and for Baht900 as processing fee for tourists. We gave what he asked for and waited outside the building. After a minute or two, an officer (probably an immigration officer) came out and handed our passports just before our bus arrived.
The bus took us to the new Poipet bus terminal. The bus terminal is beautiful even if no furnishings have been placed yet. One comment though, it would have been perfect if they had normal toilets. After freshening up, we rode the cab which will take us to our hotel in Siem Reap.
Post Script: We bumped into Vince (my sibling Vicky’s friend) in our hotel in Siem Reap and asked us if we paid any processing fee in the border. We said “yes”. It turns out there are no processing fees. Citizens of ASEAN member countries are NOT suppose to pay anything when visiting ASEAN member countries.