Cambodian regions

Cambodian can be divided in the following four geographical regions:

The Cardamom and Elephant Mountains, coast and archipelago

The Cardamom and Elephant Mountains is a range that starts in the east of Thailand and cross Cambodia from southwest to southeast separating the Central Plains from the Cambodian coast.

The north of the Cardamom and Elephant Mountains include the provinces of Pailin, Battambang and Pursat.

The south of the range includes the coastal provinces of Cambodia: Koh Kong, Kompong Saom, Kampot and Kep.

In this region it is located the highest Cambodian pick, the Aroul Mountain (1,813 meters up the sea level.)

The Northwest

The Cambodian Northwest includes the Dangrek Mountains that divide northern Cambodia from the Thai region of Isaan. This is also the region of the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, the busy casinos of Poipet at the Thai border, the Sap Lake, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey – last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge guerrilla and the Sambor Prei Kuk pre-Angkorian temples of Kompung Thom.

Lower Mekong and Central Plains

This is the region of the Cambodian capital: Phnom Penh. It is also the place where the Mekong Delta starts when the Mekong river is joint by Sap River making four branches. This region has many places to see such as the Mekong dolphins in Kratie, Oudong – the city of the kings in Kompung Speu, the Angkor Borei temples in Takeo.

The East

The eastern part of Cambodia borders Vietnam until its norther part that touches Laos. It is the region of the main Cambodian ethnic minorities, especially in Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri. A region of jungles, national parks, wild life and the Mekong river.



About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

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