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
(Dictator, War Criminal)

19 May 1925

Norodom SihanoukNorodom Sihanouk
(Former Ruler of Cambodia)

31 October 1922

Hun SenHun Sen
(Prime Minister of Cambodia)

05 August 1952

Carmen VillalobosCarmen Villalobos
(Actress, Model)

13 July 1983

Norodom SihamoniNorodom Sihamoni
(Ruler of Cambodia)

14 May 1953

Lon NolLon Nol
(Cambodian Politician)

13 November 1913

Nuon CheaNuon Chea
(Chief Ideologist of the Khmer Rouge)

07 July 1926

Norodom RanariddhNorodom Ranariddh

02 January 1944

Sam RainsySam Rainsy

10 March 1949

Kem SokhaKem Sokha
(Cambodian Politician)

27 June 1953

Son SannSon Sann

05 October 1911

Maddox Jolie-PittMaddox Jolie-Pitt

05 August 2001

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Suryavarman IISuryavarman II
John II KomnenosJohn II Komnenos

13 September 1087

Jayavarman VIIJayavarman VII

1125 AD

Kang Kek IewKang Kek Iew

17 November 1942

Jayavarman IIJayavarman II
Norodom SuramaritNorodom Suramarit

06 March 1896

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Son SenSon Sen
(Cambodian politician)

12 June 1930

Frédéric ChauFrédéric Chau

06 June 1977