Provinces


 

 

 

 
 
 
Phnom Penh (Capital)

Phnom Penh, once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, is the capital and largest city in Cambodia. It is now a cultural, commercial, and political center that offers a unique blend of traditional charm and urban bustle.


Rattanak Kiri Province

Rattanak Kiri is the mountainous northeastern frontier province of Cambodia that borders Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east, Mondul Kiri Province to the south, and Stung Treng Province to the west.  It extends from the mountains of the Annamite Range in the north, across a plateau between the Tonle San and Tonle Srepok rivers. Famed for its stunning natural beauty and ethnic diversity, Rattanak Kiri is full of natural and cultural treasures just waiting to be discovered. Its capital is Banlung City.


 
Mondul Kiri Province

To the south of Rattanak Kiri is Mondul Kiri, the most sparsely populated province in Cambodia, despite being the largest in land area. This province is known for its thickly-forested hills, verdant landscapes, and cascading waterfalls. Its capital is Sen Monorom.


 

Siem Reap Province

Siem Reap, located in northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the world-famous Angkor temple complex, which includes the magnificent Angkor Wat. The province also contains a vibrant capital city boasting many luxury hotels, beautifully-aged colonial buildings, a buzzing Pub Street, silk farms, markets, and much more. 

 


 
Preah Sihanouk Province (Sihanoukville)

Preah Sihanouk province, named after King Norodom Sihanouk following Cambodia's liberation from France, is known locally as Kampong Saom. Located 230 kilometers southwest of Phnom Penh, the province boasts pristine white-sand beaches, unspoiled tropical islands, and a dynamic nightlife. Preah Sihanouk's coastal treasures make it one of the most loved beach destinations in all of Asia. Its capital is Sihanoukville.

 

 

 


 
Stung Treng Province

Stung Treng is a beautiful province located on a high sandy bank overlooking the Mekong River where it joins the Se Kong River. It is about 455 km from Phnom Penh and some 40 km to the Laos border. This charming city is linked to Banlung (Rattanak Kiri) and is more than just a ‘stopover’. The Sekong Bridge, itself an attraction, serves as a convenient passage to the border of Laos. The capital is also Stung Treng.


 
Kratie Province

Kratie Province, located on the east bank of the Mekong River, attracts a fair share of visitors, many of whom wish to catch a glimpse of the last few Irrawaddy Dolphins left in the world. The town of Kratie offers an authentic rural ambience, and therefore serves as the perfect place to spend a relaxed night or two. It is a nice relief from some of the country’s more trafficked areas.


 

Preah Vihear Province

Preah Vihear province, which borders Thailand and Laos to the north, is home to three of the most captivating temples of the Angkorian era: the Preah Vihear temple, the Koh Ker temple, and the Preah Khan Kampong Svay temple. It also houses communities of many ethnic hill tribes.

 


 

Kampot Province

Kampot, the third largest coastal province in Cambodia, shares a border with Vietnam to the east and extends into the Gulf of Siam to the south. Mesmerizing colonial architecture, spectacular natural attractions, and bucolic charm make this province a favorite among locals, expatriates, and more recently, tourists.


 

Kep Province

Kep, a province on Cambodia's southern coast, is a former resort town known throughout Cambodia for its relaxed, sun-dappled beaches and mouth-wateringly fresh crabs. In recent years, the province has undergone a revival, with many foreign and domestic vistors making the trip to indulge in its luxurious beachside resorts, tropical islands, and toothsome seafood.

 


 

Koh Kong Province

Koh Kong is a quaint border province that has long had a reputation as a 'Wild West' frontier location. Situated at the southwestern tip of the country near the mouth of the Kah Bpow River, the city is only 10 kilometers from the Thai border. Koh Kong has a long coastline and a large forested interior that embraces part of the Cardamom Mountains and a section of Kirirom National Park. Its tourist attractions include a theme park, beaches, waterfalls and a rich mangrove forest.

 


 

Kampong Thom Province

Situated in central Cambodia, Kampong Thom is one of five provinces located at the lower part of the Tonle Sap Lake and rich in historical sites such as temples from the pre-Angkorian era.

 


 

Kandal Province

Kandal is a province in central Cambodia that completely surrounds Phnom Penh. It's capital is Ta Khmau, and it contains Udong, the former capital of the country between 1618 and 1866. A number of kings, including King Norodom, were crowned in Udong.

 


 

Takeo Province

Sandwiched between Kandal, Kampot and Kampong Speu provinces, Takeo province is often overlooked by foreign tourists, but ranks highly amongst locals who flock there to visit its many temples and natural sites. Its provincial capital is also Takeo.

 

 
Battambang Province

Battambang, located in northwestern Cambodia, contains the second most populous city in the country after Phnom Penh. The provincial capital, also Battambang, has always been a popular destination for its nearby ancient temples, French colonial architecture, and Buddhist shrines. 


 
Kampong Cham Province

Kampong Cham, the third largest city of Cambodia, is one of the most highly-populated provinces in Cambodia and is probably the province with the most fertile land as well. The soil is mostly red in colour. Tobacco, soya-beans, rubber and other tropical produce are grown and exported from here.


 
Kampong Chhnang Province

Kampong Chhnang is a province well known for its fine clay pottery. The name of the province says it all in Khmer; Kampong Chhnang means "Port of Pottery". The people of this province enjoy making pots, vases and various others types of ceramics during the off harvest seasons.


 
Kampong Speu Province

Kampong Speu, west of Phnom Penh and almost on the capital's doorstep, is a province often overlooked, but an ideal place to get off the beaten track. Speu is the Khmer word for starfruit, but Kampong Speu is actually famous for its palm sugar, considered the best in the Kingdom. It also produces plenty of teuk t'not chu, or palm wine.


 
Pursat Province

Located on the western side of the Tonle Sap lake, Pursat province is covered mainly by moutainous terrain. Although the province is not home to many ancient temples, the highlight of this province concerns the history of the war between Siamese and the Khmers that took place just before the French Colonial era in Cambodia. An popular historical site is that of the Tomb of Oknha Klang Meung, the Cambodian hero who led the war against Siamese and defeated them in 1482.


 
Oddar Meanchey Province

Oddar Meanchey, which lies in northwestern Cambodia, is the province where the former Khmer Rouge army maintained their last stronghold. The town of Anlong Veng, which housed the last home for Pol Pot--the notorious Khmer Rouge leader--has been earmarked by the Royal Cambodian Government as one of the country's historical sights. The capital of Oddar Meanchey is Samraong.


 
Pailin Province

Pailin is a province on the northern edge of the Cardamom Mountains in western Cambodia, 25km from the border of Thailand. This province is surrounded by Battambang Province, and was officially carved out of Battambang to become a separate administrative division after the surrender of the Khmer Rouge in 1996. A handful of natural attractions are await in Pailin, including scenic mountains, waterfalls, and a lush bamboo forest. Its capital is Pailin City.


 
Prey Veng Province

Prey Veng is a small but heavily-populated agricultural province located on the southeastern banks of the mighty Mekong. It is well-known for its many temples and scenic attractions.


 
Svay Rieng Province

Svay Rieng may be one of the smallest provinces in Cambodia, but it has the country's busiest highway running right through town. National Highway No 1 links Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam just after the Mekong River via the Neak Loeung ferry point. Here is the international gateway of Bavet which leads to Vietnam.


 
Banteay Meanchey Province

Situated in northwestern Cambodia, Banteay Meanchey--“Fortress of Victory” in Khmer--is a charming province that offers a wide selection of natural and historical attractions, including ancient temple complexes, wildlife reserves, and a crane sanctuary. Its capital is Serei Sophon (also known as Sisophon).