Preah Vihear Province

Preah Vihear

Prasat Preah Vihear

Map of Cambodia highlighting Preah Vihear
Coordinates: 13°47′N 104°58′E / 13.783°N 104.967°E / 13.783; 104.967Coordinates: 13°47′N 104°58′E / 13.783°N 104.967°E / 13.783; 104.967
Country  Cambodia
Provincial status 1959
Named for Preah Vihear Temple
Capital Tbeng Meanchey
  Governor Un Chanda (CPP)
  Total 13,788 km2 (5,324 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 3rd
Population (2008)[1]
  Total 170,852
  Rank Ranked 19th
  Density 12/km2 (32/sq mi)
  Density rank Ranked 23rd
Time zone UTC+07
Dialing code +855
ISO 3166 code KH-13
Districts 7

Preah Vihear (Khmer: ព្រះវិហារ, IPA: [preə̯̆h ʋihiə] "Sacred Sanctuary") is a province (khaet) of Cambodia. It borders the provinces of Oddar Meanchey and Siem Reap to the west, Kampong Thom to the south and Stung Treng to the east. Its northern boundary forms part of Cambodia's international border with Thailand and Laos. Its capital is Tbeng Meanchey town.


The province is named after the temple of Prasat Preah Vihear. The Dângrêk Mountains and the Cambodia/Thailand border are located in the north of Preah Vihear Province.

Preah Vihear is one of the nine provinces that are part of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve.[2]

Several Western governments have issued travel warnings to their citizens advising not to travel to this province due to an ongoing border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand. The Government of Canada has advised "Armed forces from both countries are engaged in this ongoing dispute. There have been reports of exchanges of gunfire in the area. Tensions are extremely high and military hostilities could escalate without warning." [3]


The province is subdivided into 7 districts.



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