Getting Ripped off in yet another Town
Phan Rang Travel Blog› entry 26 of 78 › view all entries
November 21st, 2006 – by: droonsta
I couldn't do much as it was already dark when I arrived, and the fact that I did not know where I was dropped off... ARGHHHHHH.
The following morning it took quite a while to get the point across to my xe om that I wanted to visit all 3 Cham towers around the province. It was even harder to negotiate the price, as he seemed to refuse to talk, even in Vietnamese!!!
Anyhow after some map looking and bargaining in Vietnamese, I managed to get the price I was comfortable with at 120,000 for a 60km or so journey.
We paid a visit to the main site which was located within the city Po Klang Garai towers. The site has been developed to a great extent to cater for foreigners and locals alike. The tower itself had a beautiful backdrop of the mountains in the distance and modern architecture in the foreground utilizing the Cham style.
Our next pitstop was Poremi Towers, located 15km out in the countryside, and literally in the middle of no where! Vietnam has soo many impressive environments, around this temple it seemed very rugged and dry, almost like the outback in Australia! We weaved through the local villages and then came across a sign 500metres pointing inwards, directing us to the base of the hill. The tower was in great condition as it has also been restored like the Po Klang Garai towers in town.
The final destination was the Hao Lai towers, located 15km towards Nha Trang. It was in a very poor state, however it seems that the government, or someones found the initiative to restore the centuries old towers. From what it seems it seems like most of the towers going to be utilizing new bricks! Yuck! heheh... The 2 remaining towers (originally there were 3), the North and the South are not in the typical Cham style, what's left of the towers show that it has some Khmer influence, left by the Khmers when Champa was once under Khmer rule.
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