Sihanoukville

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Sihanoukville

(sē`əno͝ok'vĭl') or

Kompong Som

(käm`pông` sôm), city and seaport (1994 est. pop. 75,000), Sihanoukville prov., S Cambodia, on the Gulf of Thailand. Although a new city (completed 1960 and named in honor of Norodom SihanoukSihanouk, Norodom
, 1922–2012, king of Cambodia (1941–55, 1993–2004), b. Phnom Penh. Sihanouk was educated in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and Paris and was elected king by a royal council in 1941.
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), it is the principal deepwater port and commercial outlet of Cambodia. Constructed to compensate for the loss of sea access via the Mekong River upon Cambodian independence, the city and port were built on mud flats, with French aid, and grew with the construction of a highway and railroad to Phnom Penh. In the 21st cent. a Chinese-operated special economic zone has been developed. The city has an international airport, and the area's fine beaches have contributed to Sihanoukville's development as a tourist center, with casinos catering to Chinese visitors.
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Just in Kampong Som [Preah Sihanouk province], Kbal Chhay, most [of the land] has been damaged,' he said.
Engineering, construction and services company KBR (NYSE:KBR) revealed on Thursday that it has won a contract to provide licensing and engineering services for the Veba Combi Cracker (VCC) unit to be implemented in the Kampong Som Petrochemical Industrial Zone of Cambodia.
Deserving mention here is that the French in Kampong Som may have been able to operate without constant reference to UNTAC headquarters because they had their own Khmer language capability, which, as Findlay notes elsewhere (pp.
Ltd (CPC) to provide licensing and engineering services for the Veba Combi Cracker (VCC) Unit to be implemented in the Kampong Som Petrochemical Industrial Zone of Cambodia.