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Banteay Meanchey Province
Banteay Meanchey is a province (khaet) of Cambodia located in the far northwest. It borders the provinces of Oddar Meanchey and Siem Reap to the east, Battambang to the south, and shares an international border with Thailand to the west. Its capital and largest city is Serei Saophoan.Banteay Meanchey is the 13th largest province in Cambodia. With a population of 678,033, it ranks as the tenth most populous in the nation. The town of Poipet in the western part of the province is an international border crossing into Thailand. Banteay Meanchey is one of the nine provinces that are part of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve.EtymologyBanteay Meanchey means "Fortress of Victory" in Khmer. Chey (ជ័យ) is derived from the Sanskrit word jaya (जय) meaning "victory", and banteay (បន្ទាយ) is a Khmer word meaning "fortress" or "castle".HistoryThe area was part of the extensive Khmer empire. Its most notable remains is the Banteay Chhmar temple in the north of the province, built in 12th century towards the 13th century. Other lesser known temples are the Banteay Neang and Banteay Torp temples.Banteay Meanchey Province is in Cambodia. In the build up to your vacation in Banteay Meanchey Province, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Cambodia trip builder tool.
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