Tum Teav is a classic tragic love story that has been told throughout Cambodia since at least the middle of the 19th century. It is originally based on a poem and is the considered the “Cambodian Romeo and Juliet” tale. It was popularized by writer George Chigas and has been a compulsory part of the Cambodian secondary national curriculum since the 1950s.
The story also has been placed in khmer literature study as well as has been portrayed in many forms including oral, historical, literary, theatre, and film adaptions.
You can find this story in Khmer version at bookstore. Now the English version is also available at Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam)