The Royal Palace – Cambodia.
Ornate Pagodas, silver tiled floors, solid gold buddhas decorated with precious gems, formal gardens and ancient paintings are to be found in the Royal Palace complex which is tucked away behind high walls, close to the Mekong. If you are after a taste of how royalty live this is the place to head to. Make sure you allow enough time to take it all in as there are outlying gardens, grottos, monuments, temples, ancient paintings and many other artifacts from the lives of the revered that capture the imagination – much more than the more ostentatious central pieces.
It’s a tranquil place to wander around (out of bus tour times) and a nice place to take some time out from the frenetic, noisy city of Phnom Penn.
Monks abound here – it seems to be a centre of pilgrimage and are only too happy to pose for a picture (for a small remuneration)
Don’t forget to check out the museum at the end of the visit – replicas of cambodian houses, formal dresses, craftsmen making instruments or weaving with traditional methods and other cool stuff.
Make an offering to the gods then head off to the Foreign correspondences club, just down the road ,for a G&T and bite to eat while watching the sun set. Magic!