In the morning, I had lots of pain au chocolat for breakfast, which were very nice and then we set off for Hoi An. On the way, we drove through rice fields and saw buffalo and cows. We stopped at a place called “coffee in the clouds”, which was a restaurant and a pearl shop. The plan was a quick drink, but we actually had a coffee while waiting for Mum’s pearl necklace to be restrung with individual knots – for free. But then Dad bought Mum two pearl necklaces – one grey & one blue.
In Danang we then went to see of of the least exciting museums – of Hindu artefacts – that I have ever been to. It was actually called Cham museum. The sculptures were, *ahem* of um …….. Shiva in various forms. The museum itself was not good, as it had very bright lights, it was dirty and the carvings were displayed balanced on concrete or plastic wedges! I don’t think there is much to do in Danang.
We then drove on to Hoi An where we had a walk around. It has a brilliant Japanese bridge. Here is what UNESCO have to say about it:
“Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a southeast Asian trading port dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Its buildings and street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that combined to produce this unique site. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They are aligned along narrow lanes and include many religious buildings, such as pagodas, temples, meeting houses, etc. The rise of other ports on the coast of Vietnam, in particular Da Nang, and the silting of Hoi An’s harbour, led to its final eclipse. As a result of this economic stagnation, it has preserved its early appearance in a remarkably intact state, the only town in the country to have done so.”
Today we went to visit a place called ‘My Son’ – thankfully UNESCO also has something to say about My Son too:
“Between the fourth and thirteenth centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Vietnam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.”
We then spent the afternoon in Hoi An, and saw a cultural show which included music, dancing and bingo! In the local market we bought a carrot “pencil sharpener” so we will be creating carrot flowers to decorate all our food in future.
Good Night and Goodbye from Hoi An.