Day Three – the Palace
The architecture is amazing. The decoration is rich and lavish and stunning. And the grounds are pretty quiet first thing in the morning.
We got to see the throne room where Carol presented her credentials to the King. No photos allowed indoors (hmph!) but the outsides were worth it.
The grounds are littered with pagodas and stupas with the ashes of various kings. Some of the buildings are also covered with fading murals of epics.
Mum wanted a guide, so we got a tour of the grounds from a lovely Khmer guy with the strangest accent. “China” came out “Chiner”. I wondered if there as a Cambodian equivalent of a Boston accent. I kept waiting for him to say “idear” or “anyways”.
By 11:30 we were pooped and grabbed tuk-tuk home. Chhona served another brilliant meal, and we packed for our trip up to Siem Reap. Allan and I nipped out to do a little last-minute window shopping, and at 3PM, our next adventure started.