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".
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.
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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:12:09 -0700
SIEM REAP, 10 July 2014: Siem Reap province's tourism department reports international tourist arrivals to the province increased 10% during January to June this year. Siem Reap Department of Tourism deputy director, Chung Sokhemarak, said the ...
The Cambodia Daily (subscription)
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:18:45 -0700
Sixty restoration workers at Ta Prohm temple in Siem Reap province put down their tools Thursday and protested in front of the temple alongside 31 former workers who lost their jobs last year and are demanding to be rehired by the Archaeological Survey ...
Radio Free Asia
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:48:45 -0700
Svay Min, who works as a volunteer at the Cambodian Red Cross in Siem Reap province's Chi Kraeng district, has urged police to take action against “the one who ordered the shooting,” according to the Post. Global Witness said that a week prior to the ...
The Phnom Penh Post
The Phnom Penh Post
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0700
Thousands of workers who fled Thailand to return home to Siem Reap province last month now don't know what to do to survive. While tourism and its 'green gold' brings many jobs to Siem Reap, the province still has about 20,000 unskilled workers who ...
The Phnom Penh Post
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:15:00 -0700
Chao Mao Virak, deputy police chief in charge of immigration in Siem Reap province, said his police officers had not yet implemented the joint statement's orders. “What I can say is that we have more than 1,000 expats working in Siem Reap, but I don't ...
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:18:51 -0700
Monks look at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap province, northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. More than 1-million visitors come annually to see the ancient temple remains that dot the sprawling Angkor region. Electric vehicles. UNESCO has long advocated for a ...
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:07:30 -0700
The suspects claimed that they were paid by an Asian to smuggle the items from the Ivory Coast to Cambodia's Siem Reap province via Bangkok. The Chinese was paid US$500 while the Vietnamese US$300. Speaking at the same press conference, Thunya ...
The Phnom Penh Post
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:11:15 -0700
Chung Sokhemarak, deputy director of the tourism department of Siem Reap province, said that despite the impact of the political unrest in neighbouring countries – the coup in Thailand and tensions in Vietnam over a sovereignty dispute with China – the ...
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