Where Is My Sun!

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Saturday, June 3, 2006

My Son is a complex of ancient temples and ruins from the Champa Kingdom that existed in Vietnam between the 2nd and 15th centuries. For some reason I still can't quite fathom (blame it on the heat), Dylan and I decided to take a tour to My Son, nothing out of the ordinary about that you might think, apart from the 'tour' bit perhaps that still never floats my boat, expect that this tour was leaving at 5:30am - just the sound of that still makes me wince. The reason for such an unnatural early rising was to go on the so called 'Sunrise' tour, remember that word sunrise it will be important later.

As we waited in the hotel lobby along with the staff sleeping on the floor, as they all seem to do in Vietnam, for the bus to take us to the site we began to wonder what they meant my sunrise since the sun had already risen before the bus even turned up. Once we finally got to the sight we still had to wait another 30 minutes for it to open confirming our suspicions that the big bright thing in the sky was indeed the sun and that it had indeed risen before we had gotten inside.

The ruins were pretty much that, ruins, and unfortunately without the historic background knowledge of the Cham people or their culture (maybe my ignorance to blame) they remained little more than ruins to me. One of the other people on the tour was actually a photographer and to say he was less than pleased with the outcome so far would be a bit of an understatement as he like us was assured of getting here for the sunrise and paid an extra $3 dollars for the privilege.

It was good though that there was no other tourists or tour groups there at the time we visited so we did get to wander around the ruins with just the small handful of people in our group with the temperature more comfortable due to the sun still being low in the sky but certainly above the horizon though!

Once back in Hoi An and failing to find the manager of the tour company who was conveniently 'away' we stopped for some huge tiger prawns (Hoi An being a seafood haven), for less money than you could buy a prawn sandwich back home, before deciding to turn into a couple of beach bums again since the beach was all but deserted during the day.

Back in the hotel I spent some time online and was invited to join the staff and one other guest for a welcome dinner despite the fact I'd already been here a day, not that I was complaining at the chance of some free nosh.

A little later, once Dylan had woke up again, we headed into town for dinner (my second but I'd been up since 4am so was almost breakfast time again) where we tried some local specialties including shrimp wontons and Cao Lau which is noodles with croutons, bean sprouts, vegetables and pork slices which is supposed to made from with the water from the near by Ba Le Well but guessing they could have used any old dish water and we'd still have wolfed it down just as much at only 7000 Dong a bowl.
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