My Son is about 60-62 Kilometers Southwest of Da Nang, and when you go maybe 40 km/hr on a motorbike it is slow going. Very slow going. Add to that the poorly marked streets and construction in some parts and it took us about 2hrs to get there, maybe a tad bit more. I had a really sore bum to say the least.
One of the highlights of the trip was driving through the small towns on the way to My Son, one in particular was very neat as they must produce a lot of corn and what looked like soy beans there. Almost every home had at least one, if not 2 or 3, tarps laid out on the ground in the sun, covered in either corn on the cob, corn off the cob, just corn cobs, or something pale green that looked like soy beans to me.
When we finally got to My Son, they had a lovely little museum where you could learn about the dates the buildings were constructed and some information about the Cham people, where and how they lived. I also had the lovely opportunity to experience my first squat-style toilet there, at least the facility was clean and had a working sink, but it was quite the new experience for me nonetheless. After the bathroom we drove another kilometer or so up a very bumpy cobbled road - also a different experience - to where we could park our bikes and then hike another 1-2 kilometers to the ruins. It was a long walk in the crazy heat.
I can't get the photos to align according to time without doing a lot of crazy shuffling, so here are photos in no particular order and I will tell you about them as they go:
Here's Michael and me at the first ruins we came across. Sadly all that is left of this area is this one wall and a few pieces strewn all over the ground, but it was still neat.
Here's the side view of the main temple Michael was standing next to a few photos back. I loved the carvings of the different deities on the sides (at least I think that is what they are).
Here's Michael in the rear courtyard. This place was cool as it had statues on either side, some were still fairly intact, the photo below is a close-up of the statue you can see on the right hand side of this photo.
And lastly - we had to take a photo of Michael, he was sweating more than he has EVER before, even during summer. It was a lot hotter and more humid in My Son than in Da Nang recently, but still, it was weird. He was literally dripping wet, enjoy!