Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
109Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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Arriving at 5am, we checked for into a nice hotel which had once been a US army barracks for our first night; no doubt the swimming pool was added later but even so it was a rather impressive and comfortable building.
Hoi An was a busy port, particularly in the 16th and 17th centuries and houses were built by Chinese and Japanese merchants which have survived wars and floods and now form a very pleasant old town. Its fairly tourist-ified, with most of the houses now restaurants, art galleries and tailors but its very pleasant to take your time over walking around
We visit 'My Son' temple about 50km away, which is a complex of temples designed in a similar Khmer style as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, although they were never as impressive and have suffered a lot of war damage. When we went to Angkor Wat a few years ago, we had had a private tour and being in a large group tour here made us realise just how important a good guide is, because we didn't really get much of a feel for what the temples might have been like once.