Find out more about the greatest Cambodian, 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

15 April 1998

Kampong Thom Province, French Indochina

Taurus

Norodom SihanoukNorodom Sihanouk
(Former Ruler of Cambodia)

31 October 1922

15 October 2012

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Scorpio

Hun SenHun Sen
(Prime Minister of Cambodia)

05 August 1952

Stueng Trang District

Leo

Norodom SihamoniNorodom Sihamoni
(Ruler of Cambodia)

14 May 1953

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Taurus

Carmen VillalobosCarmen Villalobos
(Actress, Model)

13 July 1983

Barranquilla, Colombia

Cancer

Lon NolLon Nol
(Cambodian Politician)

13 November 1913

17 November 1985

Prey Veng Province

Scorpio

Nuon CheaNuon Chea
(Chief Ideologist of the Khmer Rouge)

07 July 1926

Voat Kor

Cancer

Norodom RanariddhNorodom Ranariddh
(Politician)

02 January 1944

Phnom Penh

Capricorn

Kem SokhaKem Sokha
(Cambodian Politician)

27 June 1953

Cambodia

Cancer

Sam RainsySam Rainsy
(Politician)

10 March 1949

Phnom Penh

Pisces

Son SannSon Sann
(Politician)

05 October 1911

19 December 2000

Phnom Penh

Libra

Suryavarman IISuryavarman II

1150 AD

Angkor

John II KomnenosJohn II Komnenos
(Emperor)

13 September 1087

08 April 1143

Constantinople

Virgo

Jayavarman VIIJayavarman VII
(King)

1125 AD

1218 AD

Angkor

Kang Kek IewKang Kek Iew
(Torturer)

17 November 1942

Kampong Thom Province

Scorpio

Jayavarman IIJayavarman II

Norodom SuramaritNorodom Suramarit

06 March 1896

03 April 1960

Phnom Penh

Pisces

Son SenSon Sen
(Cambodian politician)

12 June 1930

10 June 1997

Tra Vinh Province

Gemini

Frédéric ChauFrédéric Chau
(Actor)

06 June 1977

Ho Chi Minh City

Gemini