Find out more about the greatest Cambodians, including Pol Pot, Hun Sen, Norodom Sihanouk, Norodom Sihamoni and Carmen Villalobos.

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

Norodom RanariddhNorodom Ranariddh
(Politician)

02 January 1944

Norodom SihamoniNorodom Sihamoni
(Ruler of Cambodia)

14 May 1953

Hun SenHun Sen
(Prime Minister of Cambodia)

05 August 1952

Carmen VillalobosCarmen Villalobos
(Actress, Model)

13 July 1983

Lon NolLon Nol
(Cambodian Politician)

13 November 1913

Nuon CheaNuon Chea
(Chief Ideologist of the Khmer Rouge)

07 July 1926

Kem SokhaKem Sokha
(Cambodian Politician)

27 June 1953

Sam RainsySam Rainsy
(Politician)

10 March 1949

Son SannSon Sann
(Politician)

05 October 1911

Suryavarman IISuryavarman II

John II KomnenosJohn II Komnenos
(Emperor)

13 September 1087

Kang Kek IewKang Kek Iew
(Torturer)

17 November 1942

Jayavarman VIIJayavarman VII
(King)

1125 AD

Norodom SuramaritNorodom Suramarit

06 March 1896

Jayavarman IIJayavarman II
Son SenSon Sen
(Cambodian politician)

12 June 1930

Frédéric ChauFrédéric Chau
(Actor)

06 June 1977