My Son and Hoi An
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November 24th, 2008 – by: jaeWALK
My Son is like an a 45-minute to 1 hour drive from Hoi An via a scenic Vietnamese countryside road. When we got there, it started to rain hard but it only lasted for a few minutes. Luckily, I bought a rain coat last night. Now where is that rain coat? I forgot it at My Son! haha!
Upon reaching the site, one has to walk through a path about a kilometer long. The ruins is divided into several groups but only one is open for tourism, since a lot of it has been destroyed in during the Vietnam war and the surrounding area is still dangerous due to the threat of unexploded land mines and other relics of war.
Anyway, even though my shoes were soaking wet, I managed to get a few decent shots of the place. My Son is not as spectacular as other Southeast Asian ruins. It doesn't even come close to Ayuthaya. But it does offer one a very good glimpse of what Champa life was like - revealing mysteries that date back 1500 years ago.
It's really sad that parts of this site has been destroyed by the war. All those rich culture gone just like that.
To backtrack a bit. I arrived in Hoi An 2 days ago, I was lucky enough to experience good weather here last saturday, but now it's just been raining. Nevertheless, I like the rain here. It's so relaxing. I just get to hang out to have coffee and cigarettes.
When I got here last saturday, I got to explore the Old Town all day. I didn't even have any sleep at all - just went exploring after arriving from the airport.
Last Saturday I go to see the following (via the Ticket coupon system):
1. Japanese Covered Bridge
2. Quan Cong Temple
3. Trab Famil Chapel
4. Cantonese Assembly Hall (Quang Dong)
I also went to take a peek at this traditional concert but there were too many people so I went out immediately. I'll go back there tomorrow to watch the full show before I fly to Hanoi.
Also I got to witness the overflowing of the river. Bach Dang Street now has been flooded since saturday. I wouldn't even dare go to that area. Earlier today I checked - still the same situation.
Today I got to see other important sites in the area namely:
1.Phung Hung House
2. Phu Kien Assembly Hall
3. Handicraft workshop (where I got something for my mom).
So far, it's been such a delight to be here in Hoi An. I love it here. I love old towns like this place - specially when it rains.
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