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17 thoughts on “The Journey along Vietnam’s South Central Coast”

  1. Hi Len. May I know when were the photos from Po Klong Garai and Po Nagar taken? I’d love to visit more Cham temple ruins in Vietnam, but I’m not sure which month is the best weather-wise, and from your photos it looks like you went just at the right time when it was mostly sunny. When I visited My Son in April 2017, it was rather cloudy.

    1. Ouch. That was rather unusual… Normally, March and April are the best months to travel this region. I took these photos in mid-April. It’s the middle of the dry season, with little to no rain. May to August is still ok, but expect some afternoon showers 🙂

      1. So I actually went at the right time. But I wasn’t so lucky with the weather at My Son.

  2. Hello Len, this is truly an incredible post !!!

    Great images and captivating notes. I am sure many will be tempted to explore this trail after seeing this post.

    I am so happy to see the white flower in one of the photos, it’s something special here in Kerala as well.

    Thank you so much for sharing and I really appreciate the effort behind this post 🙂

    1. Thank you for the very kind words 😀
      My guide told me those white flowers have been there for over 100 years. They are the only flowers that can grow on that rocky island. In Vietnamese culture, this flower symbolises resilience. Does it have the same meaning in Indian culture?

      1. Here in South India it’s mostly associated with Hindu religious practices. This flower is called ‘Champakam’ in Malayalam language (my mother tongue) and it’s English name is Frangipani.

        We used to make flower carpets with this flower during a festival named “Pooram’ in Kerala, in veneration to the god of ‘Love’.

        Thank you so much for your reply and it really helped me to learn more about this beautiful flower 🙂

  3. Oh I had no idea! I would love to go back to Vietnam and explore this part of your country, especially the Cham towns, though those beaches look pretty darn nice too, and that fishing village would be sure to win me over, smell and all. Lovely post Len.
    Alison

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of the South Central coast of Vietnam, Len. There is so much to see and do, and on a good day the sky and waters do really look blue. Stunning. Mui Ne has stunning sand dunes, both of amber and vanilla colour. Looks so smooth from afar. Wonderful shots all round and you make Vietnam seem like such a great place to visit 🙂

    1. The sand dunes are also my favourite. But gliding from the top of those dunes are pretty scary 😛 I sat in a 4×4 vehicle but my hands were all wet. I didn’t expect it to be that high haha.
      Thanks for visiting, Mabel 🙂 Have a pleasant Sunday!

  5. Wonderful images, Len. You have a great eye for composition – love your classic temples, the sand dunes are magnificent and as an avid collector of pottery, I loved your portrait of the woman at the wheel. Great tour of this area- we didn’t see these places on our trip to Vietnam. I’d love to go back. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the very kind words, Jane! I really appreciate that. As a collector, I guess you will like the Cham pottery. It is unique, from the patterns to the making method 🙂 Hard to find even in Vietnam. That lady is one of the eldest artisans in the village. She told me she had made pottery for over 65 years. Though she doesn’t participate in the production anymore, she loves to demonstrate the process to visitors.

  6. Wow Len.. you always surprised me.
    This place exist in Vietnam????
    Oh my God, sand dunes in South East Asia?
    it´s so beautiful…on the other side stretches a beautiful beach then on the other side sand dunes and then these ancient temples; the Po Gar towers looks like the ones in Cambodia!
    there´s too much beauty in this world left unexplored.
    I would definitely go back to your posts when we travel there.

    Another hands up to your photography skills.

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