Broad boulevards and old colonial buildings characterise the
French part of Phnom Penh. Many older buildings have survived and
make for good, photogenic wandering, along with bustling
restaurants and shops.
Along the waterfront sits the impressive Royal Palace, and
Silver Pagoda. Five tonnes of silver was used to create its
glistening floor tiles, along with a solid gold life-size Buddha
effigy taking centre stage.
On a darker note, the notorious Killing Fields lie nearby and
are a grim reminder of the brutality of the Khmer Rouge. These mass
burial grounds are both sobering and touching and, in light of
Cambodia's resurgence since then, are perhaps best regarded as a
positive reflection of a nation's resilience.