31.01.2013 - 31.01.2013
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Today the four of us decided to go on an organised day trip to visit My Son, which is a set of ruins from the ancient Cham Empire. It was probably the worst day trip we've been on in our four months of travelling! First of all, it wasn't a great day for a day trip...it was raining! Second of all, our tour guide seemed intent on rushing us around every place we went to that day and even resorted to shouting at members of the tour who didn't stick to his highly regimented plan! And third of all, I could barely understand a word he said. He spoke so fast and with such a thick accent that I'd be surprised if anyone actually learnt anything from the trip.
My Son itself was nice though. It's essentially some temples in ruins in the jungle. After seeng My Son, we travelled part of the way back to Hoi An by boat. It was cold but they did feed us! On route we stopped at a woodwork village where, of course, our guide shouted at us if we spent too long in the "wrong" shop (clearly he wasn't getting enough commission from these ones)!
Finally we got back to Hoi An! We spent the rest of the day getting fittings in some of the tailors. Unfortunately I had to cancel my order for a suit as they'd run out of the only material I liked :-(
After dinner in the evening, we went out for a few drinks but none of us had the energy for the big night out we'd planned. We decided to call it a night when a British girl disgraced herself (and our country). She was obviously very drunk and decided it was a great idea to get a Vietnamese guy to lie down in the street then gyrate her groin in his face in front of a packed bar of people. Everyone was shocked! We were horrified! Weird end to the night!!