Hoi An has to be the most stunning, unspoiled part of Vietnam. It is situated on the Thu Bon River. The heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shophouses, which is very atmospheric in the evening when the sun sets. The city is largely preserved as it was, which is unusual in Vietnam, and renovation has proceeded slowly and carefully - it's mercifully absent of towering concrete blocks.
The main thoroughfare in the Old Town is Tran Phu. Just south of the Old Town, across the Thu Bon River, are the islands of An Hoi, and Cam Nam to the east. We rented bicycles and cycled around the islands which gave us a true insite to Vietnamese life.
We took an excursion to My Son, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. 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. As we wondered around the site Chloe
being lovingly renovated
kept saying "not another temple!".
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