Luckily our heads weren't hurting too much from the night before and after fueling up at the hotel breakfast buffet again, we headed off with a driver to My Son (pronounced 'Me Sun'). These are the ruins of a religious centre (used between the 4th and 13th cebturies) about 50km out of Hoi An. Many of the monuments were destroyed during the Vietnam War, but it's still a beautiful place to explore and we were able to get there early enough to beat most of the crowds and find some quieter spots to pootle around in. The ruins are surrounded by lush forest and it was lovely to be out of the hustle and bustle of the city. Even the drive there was intriguing, taking us through local villages and past rice fields where farmers were tending their plots.
By the time we got back to the hotel at lunch time, the weather was beautiful - bright sun and blue sky! We were able to lie by the pool for a while and relax.
We then sauntered into town for a late lunch in a little courtyard restaurant called Bo Bo, run by a lovely Vietnamese family. The food is scrumptious and I definitely recommend a trip there if you are in the area. We then went on a stroll around the town, discovering places off the beaten track.
While we were relaxing at the hotel that afternoon, I received a message from an old friend on Facebook. It turned out that she was also staying in Hoi An! It was one of those wonderfully spontaneous things where we ended up going out for dinner with her and her partner!