New Casino to Be Built on Thailand’s Border with Myanmar
Preparations are underway for the building of a new entertainment complex in Thailand’s Mae Sot district.
Located in Tak, the district is holding discussions about a complex that would include a casino. It would be built along the border with Myanmar and provide competition for a similar facility that recently opened in Myawaddy in Myanmar.
The former Democrat MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thepthai Senapong, is a member of the committee conducting feasibility studies for the complex. He said that Mae Sot has the ideal infrastructure for the project thanks to recent improvements in its cargo transport and immigration checkpoints.
The transport infrastructure in the area has also improved, and there is a new four-lane road that connects the border with the Maung district. There have also been upgrades made to Mae Sot airport so that it can accommodate international travelers.
However, Thepthai pointed out a number of outstanding issues that still need to be solved before the project can go ahead. He believes that a major problem is that most of the land in the district is owned by the state. As a result, there is little incentive for investors as they will not be able to own the land. Furthermore, the land is expensive, which will push up the costs of the project.
However, residents have generally been positive about the proposals as they will bring employment and increase tourism. It is hoped that the project will both be able to develop an economic corridor along the border and reduce illegal gambling.
Those interested in the Asian gaming industry can learn more about it from our interview with Felix Ng of Asia Gaming Brief.