Banteay Meanchey is a Cambodian province located in the far northwest. It borders with the provinces of Siem Reap and Oddar Meanchey to the east, Battambang to the south and Thailand to the west. The capital city is Serei Saophoan. The province is subdivided into 9 districts, Mongkol Borei, Phnum Srok, Preah Netr Preah, Ou Chrov, Krong Serei Saophoan, Thma Puok, Svay Chek, Malai and Krong Paou Paet. These are further subdivided into 65 communes and 644 villages.
Banteay Meanchey is one of the nine provinces that are part of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve.
Poipet is one of the best-known towns in the province and is on the borders with Thailand. Poipet is an International Border Checkpoint, for both people and goods.
Banteay Meanchey is mainly notable for its extensive lowlands.The main rivers are the Sisophon Rivers and Mongkol Borei.
One of the main attractions for visitors to this province is a visit to the remote and incredible temples of Banteay Chhmar.
Banteay Meanchey is Cambodia’s 13th largest province. With a population of 678,033.
93% of the population are farmers, 5% are traders and the remainder are government workers.
Banteay Meanchey has three seasons with an average temperature of 30c-33c.
Rainy season – June to October, 32c or below.
Cool season – November to February, 27c average.
Hot season – March to May, 27c – 34c.
In Poipet O’Neang Special Economic Zone was officially approved in 2006. By 2014 there were five factories mainly producing car parts. Its proximity to Bangkok, cheap labour and a stable electricity supply from Thailand helps this area od productivity to increase.
Agriculture is the most common contributor to the economy across the rest of the province. Rice is the main crop.
Things To Do
Banteay Chhmar Temple
The breathtaking Banteay Chhmar Temple complex is the creation of the great warrior King Jayavarman VII who built the temple in the 12th – 13th century. The Bas-relief at the temple shows the great Khmer war against the Champa.
Less known that other Angkor era temples, Banteay Chhmar is also less visited by tourists, so it’s easier to explore at your leisure. It’s been recognized by UNESCO as a potential World Heritage site.
Located around 60kms from the town centre, Cheung Krouh is home to an abundance of natural wildlife, the majority of which are being monitored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Kang Va Basin
Kang Va Basin is the natural resort boasting fresh breezes and stunning scenery. Built during 1976 as a water reservoir for rice cultivation during the dry season, it’s now a popular spot for fishing, boating and swimming.
Far less developed than other provinces in Cambodia that have been extensively modified for the comfort of tourists, Banteay Meanchey is a perfect place to visit in order to experience friendly smiles, delicious local cuisine and a glimpse into everyday life in rural Cambodia. Here you will also have the opportunity to visit weaving and sculpture cottage industries.
Ang Trapeang Thmor, a unique wetland ecosystem that is home to over 200 bird species, and twin mountains Phnom Bak and Phnom Chenh Chang are also popular attractions.