Cambodia in 1863, Laos in 1893, and Vietnam in 1884 (some document 1974) was under French colonial. French merge those three nation become Indochina (L’Indochine) zone. In Cambodia, people (except royal family and monk) must pay tax to government.
Similar to Euro currency, that currency note have 4 or 5 language: French, Khmer, Laos, Vietnam, and Chinese. China was not under French colony, but Vietnamese’s official alphabet was Chinese. French was successfully generate a new alphabet type for Vietnam, but fail for Cambodia and Laos.
A great holiday tour to visit Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Please check our tour agent to visit former French’s colonial country in ASEAN.