Vietnam series: A day trip from Hoi An to My Son ruins a perfectly good day

Renovators delight

Renovators delight

I am in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An.  I spent yesterday enjoying wandering the old city  and today I have booked myself on a half day bus tour of the My Son ruins.

 

 

 

 

A quick update to Alex:

“Am on way to ancient relic.  Heading to Na Trang tonight.”

That should do the trick, short and sweet.

The organised tour I am on will take me to My Son, the Cham Dynasty ruins located an hour from Hoi An.  Built from bricks (without the use of mortar) these buildings which, at their prime once numbered 70 odd, are now partially reclaimed by the jungle.

Being swallowed by the jungle

Being swallowed by the jungle

My Son was apparently considered the domain of gods and god-kings (I could insert a comment about Alex here but will refrain). 

Our tour includes a guide who takes us through the ruins, providing commentary along the way.

Guided tour... baaa

Guided tour… baaa

Unfortunately our guide kept sneaking of on the group and we found ourselves chasing after him from relic to relic and it was all a bit bizarre but obviously how things are run.  Wandering around the area was interesting and not too physically challenging in the heat except for constantly having to keep an eye on our tour guide for fear of being left behind and having to stay at the relics forever.

Not to sound ungrateful but if I could have my time again, maybe I should have headed to the beach for the day and seen some of the relics parading on the beach instead.

With the relics behind me, I get back to Hoi An all set to pick up my made-to-measure cocktail dress and top.  I am so pleased (and relieved) when the dress fits perfectly (never doubted it??) and I hand over the balance of the VND$864,000.00 (AU$68) cost.  In hindsight, I should have got more clothing made and even posted it home.  Pity, might just mean another trip to Vietnam one day… hmmm, there’s a thought!

I take a last chance to wander the old city of Hoi An.

Hoi Ann - Thu Bon River

Hoi Ann – Thu Bon River

So quaint

So quaint

Back at my hotel I pack my few possessions into my tiny girl size backpack.  I am due to meet up with my brother and his girlfriend at 5:00pm before we get the bus tonight.

I had the regular bus this morning to the ruins and I am now booked on a sleeper bus to Nha Trang.  I didn’t even know such a service as a sleeper bus existed so fingers crossed on sleeping tonight, if my first impressions are anything to go by… seriously?

Sleeper bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang

Sleeper bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang

[showmyads]

For previous Vietnam post see Moving from one UNESCO world heritage listed site to another, Hue to Hoi An
For next Vietnam post see Overnight sleeper bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang