UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hoi An and My Son
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November 25th, 2006 – by: droonsta
After 1 night in Hoi An, the following morning I jumped on a tour bus and headed to the My Son group of Thap Chams.
The My Son group of temples, is a very important historical site giving evidence of the people of Champa, which flourished for many centuries between the 2nd and 17th C. However many of the ruins are long gone, as the site was a target during the Vietnam War, and the Americans dropped many bombs in the area destroying most of the city.
I was very glad that I took the 5:00am bus tour to My Son, as by 8:00am the large tourist buses started loading in, and the site lost its peace and tranquility. That evening after booking a Xe Om for a journey to the Thap Cham nearby, we came across an English chick that was walking to nowhere. She had taken the wrong turn and was heading in the opposite direction than she intended.
I must say, in Hoi An I met some very stingy foreigners/backpackers. Two folks were having a fit over the exchange rate and wanted 16060 Dong to the dollar because they got that price elsewhere, whereas the money changer offered them 16000.... 60 Dong is equivalent to 0.00375cents OMFG!
Another instance, was that of a backpacker, having a fit over Xe Om rides, and the prices, which was give or take a few thousand dong more than locals. And then had a nerve of saying to the Xe Om driver that the amount they charge foreigners a day, is equivalent to a few weeks work... which isn't true... its just their narrow minded thinking, and their poor lack of knowledge!!!!!
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