AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Hoi An: Trip to Mỹ Sơn


Posted on Dec 17, 2013

We booked a tour from Hoi An to visit My Son (pronounced me sun), $5 for the tour and $5 for entry. The ruins are about an hour and a half drive away, but we are getting used to spending hours on a bus getting to and from these kind of places. My Son is an incredible place, over 1,500 years old in parts and built using bricks with no mortar (a technique they can’t reproduce to this day). It is of the same design as Angkor Wat,...

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Hoi An: Old Town


Posted on Dec 15, 2013

The old town of Hoi An is about a 5 minute walk from our hotel. There are a few houses classed as ‘ancient’ houses which were built by merchants in the 17th century. A few temples, meeting halls for the sailors and merchants, etc. Basically, all the buildings you would expect to find in a busy port with people from all around the region sailing in and out. Many Chinese and Japanese influences in the buildings. Hoi An, once...

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Hoi An: Bike Ride


Posted on Dec 14, 2013

Hoi An isn’t far from the coast, only a mile or so. Not surprising considering Hoi An was once one of the most important trading ports in south east Asia. In the morning we wandered around Hoi An seeing the ‘ancient’ houses, meeting places and temples but in the afternoon we hired a bicycle each (95p in total) and decided to head for the sea. The river splits a lot when it nears the sea so we had to take a bit of a...

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Hoi An: Time to Pause

Hoi An: Time to Pause


Posted on Dec 13, 2013

We took the bus from Hue to Hoi An and it’s easy to tell that this is a top tourist destination. The bus was full to the point that they added little plastic chairs in the aisle to get extra passengers on. This was a tourist bus so everyone was western. The bus journey was OK as a compromise; the train only goes to Da Nang then we would have had to get the bus anyway. A 4 hour bus ride seemed fine and it hadn’t cost much...

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