Poipet is the main entry point for many overland travelers going to Cambodia from Aranya Prathet, Thailand. The nondescript town, located 253 mi/408 km west of Phnom Penh, has a Wild West feel and a well-deserved reputation for scams. Because gambling is illegal in neighboring Thailand, several casinos have set up in Poipet, attracting a constant stream of people.

As a city where many Thais go to gamble, and with many backpackers and other travelers passing through, Poipet attracts its fair share of scam artists and general criminals. Be wary of anyone offering to sort out visa problems, arrange a hotel stay or transportation. This goes as well for police and immigration officials, who may say a problem with your visa can be solved for a fee.

There is little to gain from a trip to Poipet, and we do not recommend a specific visit to the town if it can be avoided.

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