Thai gamblers have flocked to two Cambodian casinos from Surin province while local traders have also emerged from the Thai-Cambodian border. The confidence has risen after the International Court of Justice has ordered the withdrawal of troops from the disputed area, prompting the daily undertakings near the border to return to normal.
According to the report, tourists continue to travel to Cambodia, although the number is not as high as over the long weekend last week. Tourists are shopping for local products in a small number due to the rains. The report further stated that their number will rise over the weekend.
Market Manager at Chongjom Border Checkpoint Mr. Pattana Chuenyong said that local residents have had more confidence about the situation over the border after the ICJ’s ruling. Although he added that the situation remains uncertain despite the absence of tensions.
Mr. Serm Chieabsantiat, whose job is a motorcycle taxi driver, said his income varied from day to day. He is hoping the dispute will be resolved soon as tourists are his only source of income. He added that local residents remained vigilant as troops from both sides of the border have not left the area. They fear for any violence that could happen anytime.