This is the national museum. It stands right between the Royal Palace and the tourist section of town and is surrounded by a wall of Naga (seven headed snakes) with their tails intertwined, a motif that is found in many places in ancient Khmer Architecture.
And now, the Royal Palace. These steeply gabled roofs are just inside the fence, which butts up against a busy street.
The grounds of the royal palace are beautifully groomed and maintained. The open-aired hall in the center of this photo is used for dance recitals.
This little building seems rather out of place in Southeast Asia. It was a gift of Napoleon III to the royal family.
This is the Silver Pagoda, so named because of the silver tiles on the floor. The artifacts and artwork inside this pagoda are spectacular.
Nearby to the Silver Pagoda, these muscians were practicing. They invited Angela to display her musical skills.
We took a boat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, which is the town very close to the temples of Angkor Wat (for Angkor Wat pictures, click here). From that perspective, we were able to see the waterfront side of the houses, observe their stilt-like foundations, and see people working on the river. This isn't the Mekong, though; it's the Tonle Sap River.
This boy was showing some impressive balance to stay afloat in his small boat.
Siem Reap has tons of tourist services, hotels and restaurants and
bars and such. We had lunch at the Dead Fish Tower, where they claim
to have dozens of live alligators. We saw one, but he was a
little guy, maybe two feet long.
The young man standing next to Kyle is Mr. Ly, our "limo" driver during our stay in Siem Reap. He drove his scooter with the rickshaw-like device on the back, connected with a universal joint. It only takes him a few seconds to disconnect the scooter from its carriage, so he can use the scooter unencumbered as needed.
At one point, Mr. Ly thought his scooter had a flat, so he stopped here to have it checked out.
In the end, the tire was fine.
"Gas" (actual some type of alcohol, I think) is sold from Pepsi bottles by individuals or kids on the side of the road.
We had one day with pretty good rain; the saturated ground
can't take it, so there were suddenly ponds and washes everywhere.
Another scooter family.
This monkey was sitting on the top of a car at the side of the road, to the amusement of the young lady in the lower right.