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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 Cambodia Daily (subscription)
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:33:45 -0700

A joint force of police, military police and judicial officials arrested 30 drug users in a series of busts in Siem Reap province last week, the provincial governor said Wednesday. Authorities raided two well-known drug havens in Siem Reap City and ...
The Cambodia Daily (subscription)
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0700

Authorities in Siem Reap province arrested at least three police officers in the Ministry of Interior's anti-economic crime department Wednesday on suspicion of extorting money from fishermen in the province. The arrests were made after one of the ...
The Cambodia Daily (subscription)
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:11:15 -0700

A group of about 40 boat owners in Siem Reap province who have been protesting this week against the company that holds a contract to manage boats on the Tonle Sap lake ended their protest Friday after the company agreed to drop the price it charges ...
The Phnom Penh Post
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:56:15 -0700

Hundreds of people in Siem Reap province's Chi Kraeng district are concerned that they could lose their homes and farmland if a government plan to construct a canal in the area goes ahead, villagers said yesterday. Mao But, one of the villagers who ...
The Cambodia Daily (subscription)
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:11:15 -0700

A coordinated effort by forestry officials in two provinces led to the arrest of a man carrying 450 kg of illegal rosewood in his pickup truck on Saturday in Siem Reap province. Deputy prosecutor Samrith Sokhom said Sun Bunrith, 22, was arrested ...

The Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Post
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:04:42 -0700

Damage to a Buddha statue at a Siem Reap province temple and several other instances of destruction and loss of historic property led the Cambodia Tourist Guide Association to file letters requesting heightened security at the ruins in Siem Reap. The ...


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:37:30 -0700

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VOA Khmer
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:29:27 -0700

FILE - Cambodian Buddhist monks bless to Buddhist followers near Bayon temple in Siem Reap province, about 320 kilometers (199 miles) north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, April 27, 2010.

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