Day Trips

After performing some research to find what attraction were close to Da Nang suitable to visit on a Day Trip, we decided to travel to My Son which is an archeological site.

We left around 8am stopping along the way in a small town for Binh Mi (8”/20cm long, Vietnamese Sub) for breakfast, they were D15,000VN/$0.85CND

Continuing we arrived at My Son around 10am. My Son is a World Heritage Site, first stop was the information center to discover the background behind this heritage site.
The conservation and restoration of this site is sponsored by the Indian Government and the People of Japan.

This is a model of the actual site.

From here it’s time to visit the actual site, once across the bridge in the photo below there are Golf cart shuttles to access the site which has various areas all within of the walking distance of each other.

Historic Photo

Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined “Hindu Temple” in central Vietnam, constructed between the 4th and the 14th century by the Kings of “Champa”, an Indianized kingdom of the Cham People. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god “Shiva”, known under various local names, the most important of which is Bhadreshvara.
Mỹ Sơn is located near the village of Duy Phú, in the administrative district of “Duy Xuyen District in “Quang Nam Province” in “Central Vietnam”, 69 km southwest of “Da Nang”, and approximately 10 km from the historic Champa capital of “Tra Kieu”. The temples are in a valley roughly two kilometres wide that is surrounded by two mountain ranges.
From the 4th to the 14th century AD, the valley at Mỹ Sơn was a site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes. It was closely associated with the nearby Cham cities of Indrapura (Đồng Dương) and Simhapura (Trà Kiệu). At one time, the site encompassed over 70 temples as well as numerous “Stele” bearing historically important inscriptions in “Sanskrit” and “Cham language”
Mỹ Sơn is perhaps the longest inhabited archaeological site in “Mainland Southeast Asia”, but a large majority of its architecture was destroyed by US bombing during a single week of the “Vietnam War”.
The Mỹ Sơn temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as “Borobudur” of Java in Indonesia”, “Angor Wat of Cambodia”, “Wat Phou of Loas”, “Bagan of Myanmar” and “Phimai Historical Park of Thailand”. As of 1999, Mỹ Sơn has been recognized by “UNESCO” as a world heritage site. At its 23rd meeting, UNESCO accorded Mỹ Sơn this recognition pursuant to its criterion C (II), as an example of evolution and change in culture, and pursuant to its criterion C (III), as evidence of an Asian civilization which is now extinct. (Wikipedia)

After leaving here we took a different route back via Hoi An.

Along the way we passed a local cemetery and monument to the Vietnam People’s Army from the war with America.

Our next trip would be to the Laos Border, Vietnam only allows foreigner’s 30-day visa, this came in with the Covid event. There is talk that the government will be changing this in 2023 at some point to a 90-day visa. But until that happens, we need to go on visa runs.
We used a small local company to organize both our Laos and renew our Vietnam visa’s the trip to Laos would be done on a Limousine Bus which would take us to the Laos/Vietnam border and back to Da Nang all in one day. This trip would end up taking approximately 12 hours leaving at 6:30am.

This day would be quite uneventful, not to mention it rained most of the day, therefore a good day to go on this trip.

Once we reached the border it had stopped raining, at least at this location.

Exiting Vietnam.
Entering Laos
Written in Laos (Sanskrit), English and Vietnamese.
Re-entering Vietnam

Next: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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