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
Dictator, War Criminal
Norodom SihanoukNorodom Sihanouk
31 October 1922
Former Ruler of Cambodia

Hun SenHun Sen
05 August 1952
Prime Minister 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

Kem SokhaKem Sokha
27 June 1953
Cambodian Politician

Sam RainsySam Rainsy
10 March 1949
Politician
Son SannSon Sann
05 October 1911
Politician

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

Jayavarman VIIJayavarman VII
1125 AD
King

Kang Kek IewKang Kek Iew
17 November 1942
Torturer

Jayavarman IIJayavarman II
0770 AD
King

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

Norodom of CambodiaNorodom of Cambodia
03 February 1834
King of Cambodia

Son SenSon Sen
12 June 1930
Cambodian politician

Ang DuongAng Duong
12 June 1796
King
Suryavarman ISuryavarman I
King

Sisowath of CambodiaSisowath of Cambodia
07 September 1840
King
Frédéric ChauFrédéric Chau
06 June 1977
Actor

Vann NathVann Nath
07 January 1946
Painter

Ieng ThirithIeng Thirith
10 March 1932
Government official
Khuang AphaiwongKhuang Aphaiwong
17 May 1902
Politician

Preah Maha GhosanandaPreah Maha Ghosananda
23 May 1913
Buddhist Monk
Indravarman IIndravarman I
Ruler

Ang Chan IAng Chan I
1496 AD
King

Ang Chan IIAng Chan II
1791 AD
King
Isanavarman IIsanavarman I
King

PhotisarathPhotisarath
1501 AD
king of Lan Xang
DivākarapaṇḍitaDivākarapaṇḍita
1040 AD
Political Adviser