Vietnam contd: 20~My Son ruins & Hoi An farewell
Earlier this year I started recounting my 2009 visit to Vietnam. My trip to the UK interrupted that and now it’s time to get back and finish off the last few days. Some links…
And without any further mucking about…
I was making it through a long day following a big night out. Early that morning I was picked up on a pre-arranged private tour to My Lai where a massacre took place during the Vietnam War. Now it was the afternoon and we were heading north back to Hoi An.
One other stop was planned. About 30km off the main road is My Son (which I heard pronounced as “me sun”), basically a kind of mini Angkor Wat. Which is to say, it is an historical temple complex.
The temples date back to between 4th and 14th centuries and are laid out in various groupings. I walked around with my guide who rattled off various information snippets.
Sadly many had been damaged if not decimated in the War but there’s still a lot to see.
Finally I made it back to the resort. We went out for a lateish dinner as the final event of the group all together.
Excuse the photo – it’s just to show the maxi dress, being one of three items I had made in Hoi An. Now, three years on, they’re all still wearing well. The dress is not something I get to wear often and it was good to give it its first airing while still in Vietnam. The tailoring is one reason I would love to go back to Hoi An (the beach and old town being other big drawcards).
The following day we all dispersed. It had been a fun week’s interlude to the solo travels and now it was time to start the final phase of my itinerary. Next stop: Hue.