Chey Chettha II

Chey Chettha II (Khmer: ជ័យជេដ្ឋាទី២ pronounced [cɨj.ceit.tʰaː tiː piː], 1576–1628) was a king of Cambodia who reigned from Oudong, about 40 km northwest of modern-day Phnom Penh, from 1618 to 1628. He was the son of King Srei Soriyopear (r. 1603-1618). He is noted for moving the royal capital from Srei Sonthor to Oudong, and for his cooperation with the Nguyễn Lords of Vietnam against the Siamese, which led to the Vietnamese annexation of the Mekong Delta, including the city of Prey Nokor—the precursor of modern-day Ho Chi Minh City.[1][2]

Chey Chettha II
King of Cambodia
King of Cambodia
PredecessorSrei Soriyopear (Barom Reachea IV or VII)
SuccessorThommo Reachea II (Ponhea To)
Died1628 (aged 52)
Oudong, Cambodia
SpousePrincess Ngọc Vạn (Ang Chov)
Anak Mnan Pussa
IssuePrincess Ang Na Kshatriyi
Ponhea To (Thommo Reachea II)
Ang Tong Reachea
Princess Ang Vathi
Ponhea Chan (Sultan Ibrahim)
Full name
Samdach Brhat Narayana Naranatha Brhat Pada Samdach Brhat Rajankariya Brhat Jaya Jatha Parama Chakrapati Radhipdindra Mahindra Rajadhiraja Ramadipati Trilokya Parama Varman Narabuddhabansa Damrung Krung Kambuja Gururatta Mandirasila Mahasthana Brhat Paramanatha Parama Bupati Jaya Amachas Jivitha Ludhibana
FatherSrei Soriyopear
MotherSri Sujati

In order to balance the influence of the Siamese forces, which had devastated the previous capital at Lovek during the reign of his father, Chey Chettha approached the Nguyễn lord for help. To cement the resulting alliance, Chey Chettha was married to Princess Nguyễn Phúc Ngọc Vạn, a daughter of Lord Nguyễn Phúc Nguyên, in 1618.[3][4] In return, the king granted the Vietnamese the right to establish settlements in Mô Xoài (now Bà Rịa), in the region of Prey Nokor—which they colloquially referred to as Sài Gòn, and which later became Ho Chi Minh City.[1][5]

In 1623, Chey Chettha allowed the Vietnamese to set up a custom house at Prey Nokor, in order to collect taxes.[4] This settlement was the start of a major expansion by the Vietnamese beyond the borders established by Lê Thánh Tông in 1471. The increasing waves of Vietnamese settlers which followed overwhelmed Chey Chettha II's kingdom—weakened as it was due to war with the Siamese—and slowly Vietnamized the Mekong Delta area, claiming it for their own in the 1690s.[1][2]

The Dutch East India Company established ties with Cambodia in 1620, during Chey Chettha's reign; in 1623, they established an outpost at Kompong Luong, a riverside port near Oudong.


  • Father: Srei Soriyopear (Barom Reachea IV or VII)
  • Mother: Queeen Sri Sujati
  • Consorts and their respective issue:
  1. Ang Chov (Princess Ngọc Vạn [vi]) from Annam, a daughter of Lord Nguyễn Phúc Nguyên
    1. Princess Ang Na Kshatriyi (married Batom Reachea I)
  2. Suok
    1. Ponhea To (Thommo Reachea II)
  3. Thong
    1. Ponhea Nou (Ang Tong Reachea)
    2. Princess Ang Vathi (betrothed to Ponhea To but married Outey. Executed together with Ponhea To in 1630)
  4. Anak Mnan Pussa from Lan Xang
    1. Ponhea Chan (Sultan Ibrahim)


  1. ^ a b c Henry Kamm (1998). Cambodia: report from a stricken land. Arcade Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 1-55970-433-0. chey chettha II.
  2. ^ a b Robert M. Salkin; Trudy Ring (1996). Paul E. Schellinger; Robert M. Salkin (eds.). Asia and Oceania. International Dictionary of Historic Places. 5. Taylor & Francis. p. 354. ISBN 1-884964-04-4.
  3. ^ Mai Thục, Vương miện lưu đày: truyện lịch sử, Nhà xuất bản Văn hóa - thông tin, 2004, p.580; Giáo sư Hoàng Xuân Việt, Nguyễn Minh Tiến hiệu đính, Tìm hiểu lịch sử chữ quốc ngữ, Ho Chi Minh City, Công ty Văn hóa Hương Trang, pp.31-33; Helen Jarvis, Cambodia, Clio Press, 1997, p.xxiii.
  4. ^ a b Nghia M. Vo; Chat V. Dang; Hien V. Ho (2008-08-29). The Women of Vietnam. Saigon Arts, Culture & Education Institute Forum. Outskirts Press. ISBN 978-1-4327-2208-1.
  5. ^ "Nguyễn Bặc and the Nguyễn". Archived from the original on 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
Chey Chettha II
Varman Dynasty
Born: 1576 Died: 1628
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Srei Soriyopear
King of Cambodia
Succeeded by
Thommo Reachea II