The RV Indochina stayed in port, so we are still in Phnom Penh. Today our shore excursion was a "cyclo" tour, using what others may call a bicycle rickshaw. We each had our own rickshaw. As they tend to say, something will fit one Viking passenger or three Cambodians. A tuk tuk can carry four Vikings, or a dozen Cambodians, etc.
of the cyclos to enter the south gate of the Royal Palace, the gate meant for commoners like us. Just inside the gate is a Couroupita guianensis/Cannonball Tree (corrected):
2,086 diamonds. The floor is made up of 5,329 silver tiles, each weighing over 1 k/2.5 pounds. Only a small portion of the floor is exposed, the rest is covered with carpet.
We could only peek over the wall at the Royal Palace:
Because of the death of the former king, Norodom Sihanouk, the Palace is closed to the public. He is lying in state in the Throne Hall for at least three months. The Throne Hall stands out because its spire has the four faces:
I know what this looks like, but I am positive that the cyclo driver has a plastic bag of tea tied on to his bike:
We backtracked on Sothearos Boulevard, passing a large plaza where they appeared to be building a brand new temple:
Behind the plaza is the National Museum:
We passed a market, then the post office:
Next, Phnom Penh 3 Killing Fields.