Saturday, 29 September 2012

Monsoontastic! Today was ALMOST ruined by the weather … but thankfully …

We were all up early and headed off to My Son … around 75 minutes away by car.

My Son is the Vietnamese equivalent of Angkor Wat and the temples of Siem Reap. My Son (Meeson) was built between 4 – 13th centuries AD by the Cham people – indigenous to the area then. The Hindu temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva – The Destroyer.  First built in wood, they were burnt down in a huge fire in the 7th century … rebuilt in sandstone and brick after that. There were 70 temples in 40 hectares of land in the valley that is surrounded by the Cat’s Teeth Mountains.

It was rediscovered and was started to be preserved in the 19th century by the French. In 1968, the area was carpet bombed by the Americans during the Vietnam War … only one main complex remains …

So Angkor Wat + the temples of Siem Reap are AMAZING but My Son (also a UNESCO Heritage Site) is fabulous in its own way … and a MUST see on any trip to Vietnam.

Filming was not easy. We were meant to spend three hours there … but ended up there ALL day as the heavy rain made life quite difficult. Here’s hoping for a good day tomorrow.

There’s a full moon tonight.

Song of the Day: Ordinary World – Duran Duran
At My Son
Two of the American bombs - dropped in 1968
Two new friends
Our "Man from the Ministry" shows us how to eat fries ...
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