Koror is capital of Palau, and home to two-thirds of the republic's population. It is a much less vibrant town than it was when the Japanese called it theirs, with a Micronesian pace and no particular penchant for hustle and bustle. Visitors will still find remnants of a more traditional past, but at best it is good for a day or two of exploration. Beyond that, use Koror as a jumping-off point for trips to the Rock Islands, Peleliu, Angaur and the other islands. On Koror Island, the Belau National Museum is a good place to firm up your understanding of the nation's culture and history. It is packed with exhibits ranging from the mounted head of a 5m crocodile, to Palauan bead and shell money, intricately carved storyboards and other local artifacts and crafts.