04.05.2011 - 05.05.2011
Hoi An we had a small stop by the well known ornate covered bridge which was built by Japanese trades men in the time of the opium clippers boats. With quiet down to earth foreign traders walking the small bike lined streets, we each purchased a rice paper fan.
Nestled in the mountain foothills of a remote province in central Vietnam just SE of Hoi An, one of the country’s most important archaeological discoveries has recently come to light. As we stop in front of what seems to be a pile of rocks, Professor Phan Huy Lê, president of the Vietnam Association of Historians, says: “This is the longest monument in Southeast Asia.” He then explains to us as we begin our walk down a portion of the 127km “wall”, after five years of his exploration and excavation they have uncovered what the locals call “Vietnam’s Great Wall.”
Traveling on to Quang Ngai we stop to pay our respects to the events that have happened in this location. As we hope back onto the bus we head towards Quy Nhon, once we arrive we make a quick stop at the 17meter high Buddha at long Khanh pagoda. Driving through Phu Yen we now head to Nha Trang after a 450km bus journey it feels nice to be in our next major destination.