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Siem Reap
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Nickname(s): Gateway to Angkor
Map of Cambodia highlighting Siem Reap
Map of Cambodia highlighting Siem Reap
Coordinates: 13°21′N 103°51′E / 13.350°N 103.850°E / 13.350; 103.850Coordinates: 13°21′N 103°51′E / 13.350°N 103.850°E / 13.350; 103.850
Country Cambodia
Capital Siem Reap
 • Governor Khim Bun Song
 • Total 10,299 km2 (3,976 sq mi)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 896,309
 • Density 87/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+07
Dialing code +855
ISO 3166 code KH-17
Districts 12
Communes 100
Villages 907

Siem Reap (Khmer: សៀមរាប, "Defeat of Siam") is a province (khaet) of Cambodia. It borders the provinces of Oddar Meanchey to the north, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom to the east, Battambang to the south, and Banteay Meanchey to the west. Its capital and largest city is Siem Reap.

Siem Reap is the 10th largest province in Cambodia. With a population of 896,309, it ranks as the 6th largest in the nation. A large portion of Siem Reap's southern border is demarcated by the Tonle Sap and as such, it is one of the nine provinces that making up the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. In modern times the province is best known as the site of Angkor and the Angkor Wat temple ruins.


The name "Siem Reap" literally means "Siam Defeated", a reminder of the centuries old conflict between the Siamese and the Khmer. In Siam, the province and its capital was called "Siemmarat" (Thai: เสียมราฐ), literally meaning "Siam's Territory".[2]


The province came under the control of the Thai kingdom of Siam in 1795 and was later returned to Cambodia in 1907 after French made a treaty with Siam for exchange of Trat and Dan Sai for the Siamese province of Inner Cambodia which included Phra Tabong (Battambang),Siemmarat (Siem Reap), and Nakhon Wat (Angkor Wat). The Inner Cambodia province was split into Battambang and Siem Reap by the royal decree of King Sisowath the same year. This area became part of a disputed territory between France and Siam (now Thailand) which led to the Franco-Thai War in 1941, resulting in victory for Thailand and a return to Thai control (with exception of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat). The province again reverted to Cambodia in 1946, after the end of World War II with French and UN international pressure.


The province is subdivided into 12 districts, 100 communes and 907 villages.[3]

1701 Angkor Chum អង្គរជុំ
1702 Angkor Thom អង្គរធំ
1703 Banteay Srei បន្ទាយស្រី
1704 Chi Kraeng ជីក្រែង
1706 Kralanh ក្រលាញ់
1707 Puok ពួក
1709 Prasat Bakong ប្រាសាទបាគង
1710 Siem Reap សៀមរាប
1711 Sout Nikom សូទ្រនិគម
1712 Srei Snam ស្រីស្នំ
1713 Svay Leu ស្វាយលើ
1714 Varin វារិន្ទ
View from Phnom Bakheng 
South gate of Angkor Thom 
Bayon Temple 


  1. ^ "General Population Census of Cambodia 2008 - Provisional population totals" (PDF). National Institute of Statistics, Ministry of Planning. 3 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Article 6 of the "Convention between France and Siam Amending the Stipulations of the Treaty of 8 October 1904, Concerning the Territories and the Other Arrangements, Signed at Paris, the 13th February 1904."
  3. ^ http://www.cambodia.gov.kh/unisql1/egov/english/province/siem_reap.html

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The Cambodia Daily (subscription)
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:45:00 -0800

Some 100 armed soldiers faced off with an equal number of villagers on a disputed patch of forestland in Siem Reap province's Svay Loeu district on Sunday after the civilians tried to stop an excavator from clearing trees for a reservoir to serve a ...
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Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:45:00 -0800

Two villagers were detained in Siem Reap province on Monday as they participated in a large protest that blocked the main road leading to Kulen Mountain, a popular tourist attraction in Banteay Srei district, villagers and an official said. The ...
The Cambodia Daily (subscription)
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:45:00 -0800

Two villagers arrested in Siem Reap province on Monday during a protest over a land dispute were charged with incitement by the provincial court Tuesday, their lawyer said. The villagers, Tang La, 52, and Chhun Nath, 37, were charged with inciting ...

TTR Weekly

TTR Weekly
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:29:50 -0800

“Their strategy is to link their ancient temple sites in the northeastern part of Thailand to Siem Reap province in Cambodia,” the president commented. “By doing this, they can offer one-day visits to Cambodia's ancient temples from Northeast Thailand ...
The Phnom Penh Post
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:26:15 -0800

Nearly 40 former employees at a Siem Reap province massage parlour will protest in front of its storefront today after management allegedly fired them for trying to introduce a labour union. Hammer Massage managers on Friday fired 43-year-old worker ...

The Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Post
Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:18:45 -0800

Tourist-favourite Siem Reap has expanded their celebrations from last year, according to Khem Bunsong, governor of Siem Reap province. “The celebration this year will be a bit bigger from last year, as we have expanded lighting decoration to most part ...
The Phnom Penh Post
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:03:45 -0800

Thailand's plan to launch a new bus service connecting Bangkok to Siem Reap province via Si Sa Ket district is being described by local industry representatives as an effort to divert tourism dollars away from Cambodia. Arkhom Termpittayapisit ...
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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:22:30 -0800

Fearing for their lives, three monks in Siem Reap province took refuge at the home of their village chief on Tuesday, after villagers in the community, where several people have fallen ill, accused them of sorcery. After at least two vigilante murders ...

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