My Son

This morning we are off to Mỹ Sơn. The look on Robin’s face when 2 mopeds turned up was priceless! Luckily they were just the drop off guys so we had a quick zip around town on the back of their bikes to the bus. We were surprised to be welcomed by a tour guide that spoke English we could actually understand. We have found out guides like this are quite rare in Vietnam, and he had a quirky sense of humor to boot!

After a 2 hr bus ride from Hoi An, we breathed a sigh of relief as we stepped out into scorching 38 degree heat! The non air conditioned bus had been hotter! Still for $16 US all up you can hardly complain. 

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site is in a valley roughly two kilometres wide that is surrounded by two mountain ranges. Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva. After experiencing the majesty of Ayutthya and Sukothai in Thailand we were a little disappointed with Mỹ Sơn as it is undoubtedly inferior. This site was badly damaged during the Vietnam War and it will take years of restoration before it regains its former glory.

The afternoon was spent traveling back along the river by boat to Hoi An – a much more pleasant way to travel. An early return meant Jemima & I were able to have a girlie afternoon with pedicures, manicures & massages while the boys relaxed around our hotel pool. It was also a last chance to go back to our new favourite restaurant for a cocktail or 2 before going back to the tailors for our fittings.

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