Ever since Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) flapped through the temple ruins of Cambodia in “Tomb Raider”, the place has bustled with globetrotters. This famous South East Asian tourist bubble attracts hordes of urban explorers year on year, thanks to its eye candies like the temple of Angkor and beaches of Sihanoukville and all the upcountry adventures it has to offer. But if you thought that the list of attractions concluded with that, well, you could not be more wrong! Over the years, Cambodia has earned equal plaudits for its outstanding natives who have brought unparalleled glory to the land. From dictators to journalists and from religious leaders to architects, the world has witnessed a string of Cambodians enlighten and empower the world with their laudable contributions. Let us explore the lives of some such famous Cambodians in the biographies below. The timeline, trivia, and lesser known facts about their lives will surely open up a treasure-trove of exciting truths before you.
Pol PotPol Pot
19 May 1925
Former Prime Minister of Cambodia
Hun SenHun Sen
05 August 1952
Prime Minister of Cambodia

Norodom SihanoukNorodom Sihanouk
31 October 1922
Former Ruler of Cambodia

Norodom SihamoniNorodom Sihamoni
14 May 1953
Ruler of Cambodia

Lon NolLon Nol
13 November 1913
Cambodian Politician

Nuon CheaNuon Chea
07 July 1926
Chief Ideologist of the Khmer Rouge
Norodom RanariddhNorodom Ranariddh
02 January 1944
Politician

Sam RainsySam Rainsy
10 March 1949
Politician

Son SannSon Sann
05 October 1911
Politician
Kem SokhaKem Sokha
27 June 1953
Cambodian Politician

Maddox Jolie-PittMaddox Jolie-Pitt
05 August 2001
Actor
Suryavarman IISuryavarman II
1094 AD
King

Kang Kek IewKang Kek Iew
17 November 1942
Torturer

Jayavarman VIIJayavarman VII
1125 AD
King

Jayavarman IIJayavarman II
0770 AD
King

Ta MokTa Mok
1924 AD
Cambodian Military chief
Norodom SuramaritNorodom Suramarit
06 March 1896
 

Ros Serey SotheaRos Serey Sothea
1948 AD
Singer

Norodom of CambodiaNorodom of Cambodia
03 February 1834
King of Cambodia

Son SenSon Sen
12 June 1930
Cambodian politician
Sarita RethSarita Reth
22 December 1994
Actress

Bun RanyBun Rany
15 December 1954
Nurse
Ang DuongAng Duong
12 June 1796
King

Sisowath of CambodiaSisowath of Cambodia
07 September 1840
King

Pan RonPan Ron
1944 AD
Singer
Vann NathVann Nath
07 January 1946
Painter

Suryavarman ISuryavarman I
King
Frédéric ChauFrédéric Chau
06 June 1977
Actor

Ieng ThirithIeng Thirith
10 March 1932
Government official

Rithy PanhRithy Panh
18 April 1964
Film director
Khuang AphaiwongKhuang Aphaiwong
17 May 1902
Politician

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Chhom NimolChhom Nimol
Singer
Jessa KhanJessa Khan
08 October 2001
Martial artist

Mu SochuaMu Sochua
15 May 1954
Politician

Indravarman IIndravarman I
Ruler

Norodom Rattana DeviNorodom Rattana Devi
18 June 1974
Politician
Yun YatYun Yat
1934 AD
Politician
Aok SokunkanhaAok Sokunkanha
14 September 1987
Singer

Kak ChannthyKak Channthy
26 February 1980
Singer

Pisith PilikaPisith Pilika
04 February 1965
Ballet dancer

Neko HiroshiNeko Hiroshi
08 August 1977
Comedian
Somnang AlynaSomnang Alyna
24 February 2001
Model

Rern SinatRern Sinat
04 September 1995
Model

Soma NorodomSoma Norodom
29 October 1969
Columnist

Huoy MeasHuoy Meas
06 January 1946
Singer

Touch SunnixTouch Sunnix
01 January 1980
Singer
Ang Chan IIAng Chan II
1791 AD
King

Eh PhuthongEh Phuthong
1975 AD
TV show host
Ang Chan IAng Chan I
1496 AD
King

Sorn SeavmeySorn Seavmey
14 September 1995
Athlete

Hin ChannirothHin Channiroth
15 April 1990
Actress
Dy SavethDy Saveth
07 May 1944
Actress

Sokun NisaSokun Nisa
01 May 1983
Singer
Isanavarman IIsanavarman I
King

Mean SonytaMean Sonyta
10 February 1990
Actor

Norodom VicharaNorodom Vichara
17 August 1946
Politician

Pich SopheaPich Sophea
09 June 1985
Singer

Men Sam AnMen Sam An
15 August 1953
Politician
Tioulong SaumuraTioulong Saumura
09 July 1950
Politician

Sotheary BySotheary By
08 December 1998
Model

PhotisarathPhotisarath
1501 AD
king of Lan Xang

Saksi SbongSaksi Sbong
1940 AD
Actress
Tep BoprekTep Boprek
22 December 1993
Singer

Vichara DanyVichara Dany
17 May 1948
Actress
Keo Pich PiseyKeo Pich Pisey
17 May 1982
Actress

Ing Kuntha PhaviIng Kuntha Phavi
16 July 1960
Physician

Ampor TeviAmpor Tevi
17 July 1970
Actress
Virak DaraVirak Dara
07 July 1947
Actress

Mao SamnangMao Samnang
1959 AD
Author
Danh MonicaDanh Monica
04 November 1986
Actress

Thun SopheaThun Sophea
1979 AD
Referee

Tep VannyTep Vanny
12 April 1980
Human rights activist
Andrea KaAndrea Ka
26 April 1992
Tennis player

LinDa SaphanLinDa Saphan
1975 AD
Artist
Hem BuntingHem Bunting
12 December 1985
Marathoner

Saom VansodanySaom Vansodany
1947 AD
Actress

Chou Bun EngChou Bun Eng
10 April 1956
Politician

Mak SensonitaMak Sensonita
16 March 1994
Actress
Bun KennyBun Kenny
01 June 1990
Tennis player
Kulikar SothoKulikar Sotho
1973 AD
Film director

Nary LyNary Ly
06 June 1972
Athlete

Prim LyzaPrim Lyza
25 December 1993
Actress

Sorn DavinSorn Davin
06 February 1992
Athlete
Veth RattanaVeth Rattana
1986 AD
Actress

Tong Siv EngTong Siv Eng
31 October 1919
Politician

Peng PhanPeng Phan
1950 AD
Actress

Tep SothyTep Sothy
13 February 1973
Politician

Chov SothearaChov Sotheara
10 October 1983
Athlete
Narie HemNarie Hem
1937 AD
Actress

Samphon MaoSamphon Mao
09 December 1949
Sprinter
Meas KhengMeas Kheng
28 March 1946
Sprinter

Sok SreymomSok Sreymom
1973 AD
Actress
Sovijja PouSovijja Pou
18 July 1995
Swimmer
Tit Linda SouTit Linda Sou
21 August 1989
Sprinter