Hoi An & My Son Sanctuary.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
428Trip End Dec 31, 2018
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We took a Vietnam airlines flight to Danang and had an organized transfer to take us to the ancient UNESCO World Heritage city of Hoi An. We spotted the little card with our name on at the airport and when we acknowledged ourselves to the young man, he took off in a hurry pointing for us to follow. We tried to introduce ourselves and ask questions but our driver seemed to have no English. Then more curiously, he drove at the most unbelievably sedate pace that we had not previously experienced in Vietnam! Eventually we arrived at our booked hotel and our driver spoke to hotel staff who then relayed in English our pick up time for our tour the next day.
We were starving hungry and knowing our hotel was not convenient to the town, we opted to eat at the hotel's restaurant first, then catch the 2.30pm free shuttle bus into town
The following day we were met at 8.00am by a new guide (with our driver from the day before) and headed off on a tour of some amazing ruins at My Son, the capital and religious centre of the Cham people. A little like a smaller version of Cambodia's Angkor Wat, however, unfortunately many of the significant buildings were bombed to smithereens by both the French and the Americans. Our guide was excellent in explaining the history and walking us through the various sites. There was also a cultural performance of dancing and music of the Cham people.
We enjoyed some leisurely meals and walks around Hoi An in the theme of "slowly, slowly" and on our last morning before flying out, it was push bikes for a bit of pedal power to the beaches
Finally with our bill paid, our driver slowly and sedately delivered us back to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. The only driver in our Vietnam visit who ever drove this way and not the way we wanted when we were on a mission to catch a flight - but we made it (we must admit, safely) and we were off to our next destination.
Footnote: Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary are UNESCO World Heritage listed.