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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 20,000 km2 (8,000 sq mi)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 896,309
 • Density 45/km2 (120/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 Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Post
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:03:45 -0800

Cambodia Airport Management Services, part of the firm that runs the airport in Siem Reap province, breached its agreement with the Cambodia Tourism Industry Worker Trade Union (CTIWTU), union president Ron Ravann said, citing the hiring of outside ...

Asian Correspondent

Asian Correspondent
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:55:47 -0800

Ho Vandy, co-chair of the Government-Private Sector Working Group on Tourism, said that there are about 50 night clubs in Siem Reap province. “The incident is likely to have at least a small affect on nightlife businesses in the area,” he said. “People ...
The Phnom Penh Post
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:22:04 -0800

Tum Phireak, reservation manager of Visoth Restaurant in Siem Reap province, said both the festival and the beginning of the tourism peak season caused his restaurant to be packed from morning to night from the first day of the Water Festival on ...

The Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Post
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:45:00 -0800

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:26:15 -0800

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The Cambodia Daily (subscription)

The Cambodia Daily (subscription)
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:33:45 -0800

Life on the boat “was very hard because we did not have much time to sleep,” Mr. Kan said, adding that he was from Siem Reap province as the vans drove off. In a statement released October 24, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the 20 men were rescued ...

The Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Post
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:40:45 -0800

A similar array of statues pulling a serpent exists in the Bayon temple in Siem Reap province, but Bantaey Chhmar is far less visited. Kit Sokun, a Banteay Chhmar tourism official, said the temple receives only a bit more than 700 domestic and ...
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Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:23:53 -0800

Weddings are normally happy occasions, but the illegal marriage this week of a 14-year-old bride and her 45-year-old groom in Siem Reap province drew much concern from onlookers. According to multiple officials and villagers, the pair, Sreng Va and a ...

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