Steung Saen River

Coordinates: 12°31′59″N 104°26′15″E / 12.53312°N 104.43741°E / 12.53312; 104.43741
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Steung Saen River
Stung Saen at Kampong Thom
Native nameស្ទឹងសែន (Khmer)
ProvincesPreah Vihear Province and Kampong Thom Province
Physical characteristics
MouthTonlé Sap
 • coordinates
12°31′59″N 104°26′15″E / 12.53312°N 104.43741°E / 12.53312; 104.43741
Length520 km (320 mi)[1]
Basin size16,344 km2 (1,634,400 ha)[1]
Basin features
Average runoff11,685 m3 per second[2]
Steung Saen River in Kampong Thom

Steung Saen River (ស្ទឹងសែន), sometimes spelt Steung Sen, is a river in Cambodia. It is a major tributary of the Tonlé Sap.[2] The Stung Sen River Basin is the largest among the 11 main tributaries around Tonlé Sap with a catchment surface of 16,344 km2 (1,634,400 ha).[1] The basin receives about 1,500 mm (59 in) of rain per year.[2]

The river passes through Preah Vihear Province and Kampong Thom Province. The northern extent of the river basin corresponds to the border with Thailand as in 1904, Siam and the French colonial authorities ruling Cambodia formed a joint commission to demarcate their mutual border to largely follow the watershed line of the Dângrêk mountain range.


Steung Saen (ស្ទឹងសែន) means "river of soldiers" in Khmer. Steung (ស្ទឹង) means river in Khmer, while Saen (សែន) is derived from the Sanskrit word Sena (सेना), meaning "soldier".


  1. ^ a b c Prof. Puy LIM (Vice chairman of Tonle Sap Authority). "Integrated River Basin Management In Cambodia Stung Sen river basin (Oct 2014)". Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Water Environment Partnership in Asia. "State of Water: Cambodia". Retrieved 4 August 2021.

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