My Son

Trip Start Nov 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

My Son was once a major religious site of the Champa Kingdom.  It is a a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered a must see for visitors to Hoi An.  It's really not all that impressive.

Ruins aren't for everyone.  But I did study archaeology, I even dug up a few things, I take an interest in history.  But My Son didn't do anything for me.  It's a short walk on a paved road through not very dense jungle to a few small collections of reconstructed buildings.  Our guide spoke English, but didn't paint much of a picture.  The site is small in scale, which isn't always a bad thing.  But after Tikal and Machu Picchu, and with Angkor Wat on the horizon, I guess I was a little numb to the experience.  However, I was fascinated by all the American Vietnam Vets I saw touring the area.  I was amazed at how many men who had fought in a brutal war here a few decades ago chose to come on holiday.  I had no judgment on the matter.  I just didn't expect to see it.

When we left the site, we decided to take a boat back instead of a bus.  That made for a nice afternoon.
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