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Old Hoi An and My Son Temple Ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Central Vietnam

Vietnam > Hoi An & My Son

October, 2012

Hoi An, founded 2000 years ago, became the port cum commercial capital of the Champa Kingdom during 7th-10th c., and was an important international port in 16th-17th c. before the role was usurped by Da Nang during the French rule. It has been influenced by the Chams, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Arabs and French. The Arab traders converted some of the Chams to Muslims, and they migrated to Cambodia, and some even say to the Pattani/Kelantan area of the Malay Peninsula.

My Son is the site of ruins of Hindu temples from the Champa Kingdom (3rd-18th c.). Structures dating from the 7th c. are being preserved and gradually restored.

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The Imperial City of Hue, Vietnam

Vietnam > Hue

October, 2012

Hue was the site of the last royal dynasty (Nguyen) of Vietnam who ruled from 1802-1945. It was also the site of heavy fightings during the Vietnam War (1959-1975), esp. during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Now Hue is a modern city on the banks of the beautiful Perfume River, with the 19th century Imperial City under restoration befitting its UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

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Delightful Da Nang in Central Vietnam

Vietnam > Da Nang

October, 2012

 

Third largest city in Vietnam, Da Nang is surprisingly modern, vibrant, scenic and lively, despite its Vietnam War trauma. The former border between North and South is just north of Da Nang.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Ha Noi are opposites in characters and ambiences, but Da Nang is sort of in the middle (even by road, Da Nang is virtually midway between HCMC and Ha Noi). It is shaping up to become a resort city, with beautiful beaches, scenic rivers, rural ambience, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites around it.

Indeed a very pleasant place to be at, my favourite Vietnamese city no doubt.

Please view this slideshow of our October trip to Da Nang, in HD 720p preferably. Thanks!

 

HUE, HOI AN and MY SON

Using Da Nang as a base, one can do site trips to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely:

> The Imperial City of Hue (please click HERE).

> Old Hoi An and My Son Temple Ruins (please click HERE).

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