The Malaysian Prime Minister arrived for a three day official visit to Phnom Penh on Sunday night. The striped flags, stretched out in the hot Cambodian breeze above the gaudy red and gold frames, are Malaysian. The shaven headed man sitting demurely in the far frame is Cambodia's current monarch, King Norodom Sihamoni. A former ballet dancer he, somewhat reluctantly, took the throne after he was unanimously chosen to replace his father following the former King's abdication, in 2004. Sihamoni, soft spoken and humble and often seen smiling the creases round his eyes dancing, is known for his charitable work and is fluent in five languages including English and Khmer. The King is a small man with a large warm charismatic presence. My partner, who meets a lot of 'important' people, had the pleasure of meeting him in person last year and came home still glowing from the experience.