Today is Phnom Phen and we are up early to be at the royal palace as it opens to miss the crowds. Just as well it is seriously hot here. Royal palace is impressive with lots of gold and beautiful buildings. Seems the king is a bit of a disappointment since at 60 he is not married but not surprising since he was a ballet dancer who loves to wear make up. Next the national
Museum but by then most people were flagging and searching for shade. Many artefacts from Ankor Wat and some idea of the history . As usual we are lunching in such lovely local restaurants where we have 5 or 6 dishes and every one is delicate and interesting. Today it was in a restaurant where street kids are trained for jobs in the tourist trade. Deep fried tarantulas were on offer but no takers. Such care to present the food in colourful and varied ways. In the afternoon markets and the genocide museum for most but I took a tut tut with 3 others to the killing fields and that was a moving experience such a quiet and tranquil spot with a bloody and violent past. Cambodians have created a sensitive memorial which you wander round with an audio guide. Loud Japanese always seem to fail to understand the need to be quiet and respectful .