Friday, July 6, 2012

Central Vietnam Trip Part IX - Roundup

From the ancient port town of Hoi An to the former Royal Capital of Hue and the Cham ruins of My Son, exploring central Vietnam with the kids in this trip was a truly contrasting experience as compared to most of our previous trips.

Although the weather could be kinder (Man, the temperature was as high at 39-40 degree celsius), I thought we learnt quite a fair bit of the rich culture and history of Vietnam.  These destinations boasting UNESCO World Heritage status are worth a visit if you have not done so.

I  like Hoi An. It is a destination with two faces - the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An's heritage as a trading port, the town's tiny shophouses host a range of craft shops and artisans, including some of Asia's best bespoke tailors.

In Hue, the mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war). Yet, it still retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.

I leave you with pictures of some other places that we had visited but not covered in previous posts. These include the Goddess of Mercy statue at the Son Tra Peninsula and the Marble Mountain, both in Da Nang, Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue and some close up flower shots.

Sculptors at work - Marble factory near Marble Mountain

View from the Marble Mountain

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