|Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
City tour with starting at the elegant Royal Palace; it is home of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk and her Majesty Preah Reach Akka Mohesey Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. The Palace is actually a number of structures within a pagoda-style compound. An awe-inspiring sight, the throne room has a tiered roof topped by a 59m tower. Silver Pagoda is the royal chapel, located within the Royal Palace grounds but walled off in a separate enclosure. It takes its name from the estimated 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor of the main temple. Each tile is made from a kg of silver. Although plundered by the Khmer Rouge, it contains some superb Buddha statuary. A few artefacts from the royal collection are displayed in glass cases. A National Museum; it was designed by French archaeologist and painter George Grislier and constructed in traditional style by Cambodian craftsmen in 1917. The museum first opened in 1920. It´s small, but harbours an astonishing wealth of Khmer stone, bronze and wooden sculpture. Last stop at Wat Phnom; a small hill crowned by an active Wat marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh.