Leaving the coast we find ourselves in open rice farming areas, passing through
small villages and getting to see how the Vietnamese people go about their daily
lives. We can stop at historical military sites and places of cultural interest and
learn some of Vietnam’s fascinating history.
After lunch it’s time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site. The museum at the
bottom has information on the unique culture of the Cham people. Hidden in the
jungle, halfway up the sacred mountain are 71 temples to walk around. The temples
were built over about 1000 years as the main holy site of the kingdom of Champa.
After the collapse of Champa, the temples were initially forgotten, but then used
again by the Vietnamese people fighting against the Americans in wartime. On leaving
My Son we head back to the coast, through farming areas and scenic views.
We will reach the My Son sanctuary in time for lunch, and enjoy some local foods.
Then, it’s back to base for a cold beer!
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