UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hoi An and My Son

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Lantern Skeletons in front of a house in Hoi An
Hoi An City, an ancient little town protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, isn't exactly my cup of tea. I believe that the town has become more of a themepark rather than a heritage site. Pretty much every single 200-300 year old house within the town has now transformed into a souvenier shop, an art gallery or a restaurant/cafe. The ancient town has lost its natural charm.... At night however with lantern lights and street lights lit up, it still has a slight hint of a natural feel, when tourists have hopped into bed.

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.
Deserted bike on the streets of Hoi An
Of course being me, I crept away from the tour group and wandered the group of ruins at my own pace and style.

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.
Japanese style bridge in the middle of Hoi An
After some discussion, and a long time of negotiating a price to head back to town, we had dinner and conversed about the issues of Vietnam, and of course he travels around the world for the last year.

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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Lantern Skeletons in front of a ho…
Lantern Skeletons in front of a h…
Deserted bike on the streets of Ho…
Deserted bike on the streets of H…
Japanese style bridge in the middl…
Japanese style bridge in the midd…
My Son towers, remnants of Champa…
My Son towers, remnants of Champa…
Japanese tourist taking snap happy…
Japanese tourist taking snap happ…
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