About Sihanoukville & Cambodia
Fast Facts: The Meanings behind Cambodian Place Names
You may not think too heavily on the meanings of some of the placenames you'll encounter in Sihanoukville, but some have interesting and significant meanings:
Ekareach Street - The Khmer word "ekahreach" means independence, named after Cambodia's independence from France on 9 November, 1953.
Mittapheap - Khan Mittapheap is the official designation for downtown Sihanoukville and means friendship.
Sereypheap Street - The name of this downtown street means freedom.
Santepheap Street - The name of this street near Victory Hill means peace.
Ochheuteal - The Khmer word "O" means 'creek', and "Chheuteal" is a type of tree, and is the name of the small creek running into the ocean at the southern end of Ochheuteal Beach.
Omui, Otres and Opee - Just as above, the "O" means 'creek', and is placed before "Tres", "Mui" and "Pee" respectively.
23 Tola Street - "Tola" is Khmer for the month of October. This street in Ochheuteal Beach refers to the 23rd of October, 1991, when the Paris Peace Agreement on Cambodia was enacted.
7 Markara Street - "Markara" is Khmer for January. This street running through downtown signifies "Liberation Day", an official holiday commemorating the fall of the Khmer Rouge on 7 January, 1979.
Quick Cambodia Facts
Official Name:Kingdom of Cambodia
Official Name in Khmer:Preahreacheah Nâchak Kampuchea
Capital City:Phnom Penh
Major Cities:Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville (Kompong Som), Kampong Cham
Population:14.8 million (2010 est.)
Land Area:181,000 sq.km
Day of Independence:November 9, 1953 (from France)
Government:Multi-party democracy under constitutional monarchy
Language:Khmer (Official), English, French
Ethnic Groups:Khmer (93%), Chinese, Cham, Vietnamese
Major Religions:Therevada Buddhism (96%), Islam (2%), Christianity (1%), Others (1%)
Official Currency:Riel (KHR) 1USD =~ 4,150KHR, US Dollars are de-facto official in cities
Time Zone:GMT +7:00
Int'l Calling Code:+855