Having missed a great opportunity to visit Vietnam this weekend, I thought I’d share some photos of the places I have visited in and outside of Phnom Penh since arriving to Cambodia.  The first is the Royal Palace.

Roayl Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

There are at least 5 wats in Phnom Penh, and so before visiting the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, I had to ask the almighty wikipedia, what is a wat? Here is what it had to say:

A wat (derived from the Sanskrit word वात Vattaka) is a monastery temple in Cambodia, Thailand, or Laos. The word “wat” (Khmer: វត្ត, Thai: วัด, sometimes rendered “vat” when referring to Laos) means “school”.

Halls wrap around the main building

The Royal Palace itself is not a wat but rather a place dedicated for the royal family of Cambodia.

Spirit House on the Palace Grounds

Like the Gargoyles of Paris!

Lesson: Contemplation