Gunfire at the border
The resurgence of the Preah Vihear land dispute between Thailand and Cambodia in Si Sa Ket province has not affected cross-border trade in other eastern provinces. Cambodian traders from Koh Kong province were still entering Thailand through the checkpoint at Ban Hat Lek in Khlong Yai district of Trat province to buy goods, immigration officer Pol Lt Thawee Chob-riabroi said yesterday.
It was also business as usual in Chanthaburi province yesterday, as Cambodians entered Pong Nam Ron and Soi Dao districts to buy food and household items and continued looking for work on Thai fruit farms.
Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaprathet district similarly did not see any downturn in business at the Talat Rong Kluea border market .
And movements in the other direction also continued as normal, with Thai gamblers heading to casinos in Cambodia’s Poipet township.