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My Son Sanctuary of Vietnam ranks ninth in the top 10 most beautiful and famous temples in Southeast Asia, along with famous landmarks such as Borobudur (Java, Indonesia), Pagan (Myanmar), Angkor Wat (Cambodia) and Ayutthaya (Thailand). It is the sacred land of the ancient kingdom of Champa, includes a number of temples and tombs lying on a valley with about 2 km diameter long, surrounded by mountains. This place is 70 km far from Da Nang and is considered as one of the must-visit destinations when you come to Da Nang or Hoi An.

my-son-2018Source: ditichkhanhhoa.org.vn

Top 5 reasons why My Son Sanctuary tourism area is awesome

  • 1st: This area is isolated from the outside world. Everything around here is nothing but trees, no souvenir shops or restaurants like other destination. There is only one store in this area but it is planned and located in a corner.
  • 2nd: Most of the guides are Quang Nam people. They are really devoted and they will show you how important the spiritual value of those monuments is in the life of Quang Nam people
  • 3rd: This is a famous spiritual place but they oppose worshiping by incense right at the monument.
  • 4th: In My Son, there is absolutely no beggar
  • 5th: My Son people are friendly and always willing to help stranger.

I. WHEN TO TRAVEL TO MY SON SANCTUARY

1. Weather in My Son Sanctuary

My Son, Quang Nam has the tropical climate which is divided into two different seasons: dry season and rainy season. Because of lying near Hai Van Pass, the cold winter of Northern Vietnam still affects My Son. The average temperature is 25.6oC, average humidity is 84% and rain a lot from September to January.
For weather forecast in My Son Sanctuary, click here

2. Best time to travel to My Son Sanctuary

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These is nothing in My Son Sanctuary is seasonal so you can freely enjoy this place at any time during the year. Even though, we suggest that you should avoid rain season (from October to December) for the best experiences.

II. HOW TO TRAVEL TO MY SON SANCTUARY

1. Getting a tour of My Son Sanctuary

Da Nang – My Son – Hoi An is a favorite tri-destinations for one-day tours which price is about VND 600,000 – 1,200,000 (start from Da Nang or Hoi An). You can also buy these tours from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City but because the time you will spend in My Son Sanctuary is too short, we will mention about these tours in another article.

Travel agency Route Price (VND) Contact
Tuandung travel Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An 260,000 – 320,000

(+100,000 for foreigner)

thaonguyentravel@gmail.com
Danangxanh Da Nang – My Son – Da Nang 700,000 – 1,200,000 kinhdoanh@danangxanh.com
Dulichvietnam Da Nang – My Son – Hoi An – Da Nang 920,000 From Hanoi: (+84) 243 717 1818

From HCMC: (+84) 283 911 7050

King Travel Da Nang – My Son – Da Nang 550,000 – 600,000 (+84) 965 816 216
Danatravel Da Nang – My Son – Hoi An – Da Nang 850,000 info@danatravel.vn

2. Getting a flight to My Son Sanctuary

You can catch a flight to arrive Da Nang, then move from Da Nang to My Son. This is the fastest way, and also the most expensive one. There are flights from Noi Bai International Airport  (Hanoi Airport) and Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Da Nang every day.
Click here if you want to book tickets

* Just a reference price and doesn’t include tax *

 

From Hanoi

  • Vietnam Airlines: Starting from VND 1,300,000
  • Vietjet Air: Starting from VND 480,000
  • Jet Star Airway: Starting from VND 630,000

From Ho Chi Minh City

  • Vietnam Airlines: Starting from VND 1,300,000
  • Vietjet Air: Starting from VND 480,000
  • Jet Star Airway: Starting from VND 480,000

3. Getting to My Son Sanctuary from Hanoi and HCMC by shuttle bus

You might catch a shuttle bus from Hanoi or HCMC to Da Nang and then move from Da Nang to My Son Sanctuary. Arriving in Hoi An from Hanoi is also an option.

From Hanoi

Brand Departure at Arrive at Price (VND) Contact
Camel Travel 17:30 at Tran Khat Chan Da Nang 350,000 (+84) 243 625 0659
Ngoc Anh 15:30 at 31 Tran Thu Do Da Nang 320,000 (+84) 965 804 789
TM Camel 17:00 at Tran Khat Chan Da Nang 320,000 (+84) 243 625 0739
Trekking 6:00 at Tran Khanh Du Hoi An 380.000 (+84) 243 716 3751
An Phu 18:00 at Yen Phu Hoi An 380.000 (+84) 243 927 3584
Queen Cafe 18:00 at Tran Quang Khai Hoi An 350.000 (+84) 243 996 0199

From Ho Chi Minh City

Brand Departure at Arrive to Price (VND) Contact
Cam Van 11:00 at Tan Thanh – Hoa Thach – Tan Phu Da Nang 380,000 (+84) 901 005 005
Phuc Thuan Thao 16:00 at Dinh Bo Linh – Binh Thach Da Nang 360,000 (+84) 283 511 2957
Xuan Tung 10:00 at Dong Den – Tan Binh Da Nang 330,000 (+84) 905 006 006
Huong Ty 7:00 at Tay Thach – Tan Phu Da Nang 320,000 (+84) 935 514 594

4. Getting to My Son Sanctuary from Da Nang

There are many options to arrive My Son Sanctuary but because of close distance, bus and motorbike are the most common.

a. Getting to My Son Sanctuary by bus

This is the cheapest option and also the most favorite one for who likes to enjoy the beauty of Da Nang city. Ask locals for the place you can catch Bus 06, which there are one run through every 30 minutes. You will get down at the last spot and then walk for 100 m more to arrive in My Son Sanctuary. The price is VND 30,000 per trip.

shuttle-bus-my-son-2018Source: xekhachhaihanh.vn

b. Getting to My Son Sanctuary by Taxi

Beware, the price of taxi in Da Nang is one of the most expensive in the country. It might take you VND 450,000 – 500,000 for a trip so just remember it every time you intend to hail a cab. The bright side is that it is fast and you can go at any time you want.

c. Getting to My Son Sanctuary by private vehicle

You can hire a motorbike and travel to My Son on your own when you are in Da Nang. It is not difficult to hiring a motorbike in Da Nang but you have to check carefully the bike’s condition before hire it to avoid any trouble. Here are some contact for hiring a fine motorbike with affordable price.

Name of lessor Price (VND) Contact
Truong Dat 140,000 for one-day rent

120,000 for two-day rent

100,000 for more than two days

(+84) 969 722 744
Le Truong 130,000 for one-day rent

120,000 for two-day rent

100,000 for 3 – 4 days rent

(+84) 981 331 331
Anh Tuan Motorbike 100,000 for 3 – 4 days rent

50,000 for longer rent

(+84) 905 708 090
Phuong Binh 80,000 – 150,000 based on the kind of motorbike and the hiring duration (+84) 906 408 040

The Routes to My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary is 70 km far from Da Nang. There are 2 ways that you can follow to get to My Son Sanctuary.

  • From the center of Da Nang, you move toward the South on Duy Tan Street to Nguyen Huu Tho Street. After getting off the roundabout on Nguyen Huu Tho Street, you go toward Nguyen Tri Phuong/Vo Chi Cong bridge to Pham Hung then turn left onto 1A highway. Going on 1A highway to the South to Duy Xuyen T-junction in Nam Phuoc town, then turn right onto Road 610 until you arrive My Son.
  • You follow 1A highway to get to Nam Phuoc town then go toward the West on Roan 537 for around 9 km to Tra Kieu and 12 km more to get to a T-junction. Here you just need to follow the signs on the roadside to arrive My Son.

III. THINGS TO DO IN MY SON SANCTUARY

1. Explore the ancient sacred land of Champa kingdom – My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary is one of the centers of Hindu in Champa kingdom, where the most important rituals were held and also is where kings lie after they’re gone. It is foolproof of the prosperity of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Researchers said this area was built the first time in the 4th century with a wooden temple to worship Linga and Shiva. After that, every Champa’s kings paid a lot of attention to restoring and constructing new temples to worship the gods. The first wooden temple was burnt in the 6th century and reconstructed by brick and it still exists. Brick seems to be an amazing tool to memorize and the special construction technique that make these monuments very long-lasting against time and nature is still a mystery. In My Son there is a stone temple. It is also the only stone structure in Cham’s relic. At present, the temple collapsed and the reason is likely a bomb during Vietnam war but base on the structure of the foot, they assume that this temple was 30 m height.

my-son-2018Source: phatgiao.org.vn

The whole area is divided into 4 sectors.
Every sector has a main temple, where the Linga-Yoni and Shiva were worshiped as the symbol of creation, surrounded by other temples which worship other gods or the passed-away kings.

  • The East may be the most sacred area. There is where the whole national philosophy was described with the shape of lions, linga, and yoni. In addition, there are a lot of Kala-Makara, musicians, dancers, apsaras, etc. with 46 in 70 styles of design in the whole area appear in the East sector.
  • The West is the smallest sector. This is the place that Shiva is the main worshiped god.
  • The South has the most of monuments and constructions. There are totally 42 constructions in this area, including 6 main towers, 22 auxiliary towers and 14 accessory monuments and religious statues
  • The North has 2 main towers but one main tower has no auxiliary towers at all.

In 1999, My Son Sanctuary has been recognized as a World Culture Heritage by UNESCO.

stone-tower-my-son-2018Decorative patterns on the wall of the stone tower. Source: mytour.vn

The relic area is located in Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen district, Quang Nam province. It opens from 6:30 to 17:00 every day (including weekend and holiday). The price is VND 150,000 for domestic guest and VND 200,000 for the foreigner.

2. Enjoy the Apsara dance –  The Cham dance performance in My Son Sanctuary

Only in My Son Sanctuary, you have the chance to experience the interesting show from the ancient kingdom of Champa. This is the traditional Khmer dance performance. Every dance is not merely dance but trying to convey a story or message. It is because this dance is not used in regular daily life but in major events or rituals.

You can enjoy the show every day at some certain time (9:15; 10:45; 14:00; 15:30) in the main quarter of My Son relic area. In addition, there are Apsara performances in the foot of the tower at 10:00 and 14:45 every day.

3. Visit Hoi An from My Son Sanctuary

hoi-an-my-son-2018Source: travel.com.vn

Hoi An is just 50 km far away from My Son Sanctuary, so tourists usually combine these two destinations in one trip. Hoi An has also been recognized as a World Culture Heritage by UNESCO in 1999 and also owns many ancient architectures that will make people who love history and art interest.

The ancient town of Hoi An has been protected almost completely a small quarter with many old style houses, wells, temples, docks, markets and the small brick paved road divides the area into the check board.

IV. WHAT TO EAT IN MY SON SANCTUARY

1. Quang noodle – The specialty of My Son, Quang Nam

Quang noodle is made from rice like all the other but carries on it unique flavor and taste. This dish is one of the most common dishes in Quang Nam and maybe in its community, Quang noodle is the most popular dish in the world. Because there is no single corner in Quang Nam territory that doesn’t sell this noodle. Therefore, Quang noodle becomes more diverse day by day in style and ingredients.

quang-nooodle-my-son-2018Source: mytour.vn

Quang noodle has become one of the first things people think about when they talking about Quang Nam. You can find it anywhere in Quang Nam but if you want to take it seriously, let’s go to Restaurant 37 in Thang Binh, Quang Nam (on the 1A highway, 40 km far from Da Nang). It only cost you VND 20,000 – 25,000 based on which size of dish do you want.

2. Cao Lau – The specialty of Hoi An

What a masterpiece in cooking. The special of Cao Lau is about how the noodle is made. People said that to create the best Cao Lau, the cooker has to soak the rice in water and the ash of the wood from Cham island (which is 16 km far from Hoi An). Then, they will be grinded into powder with the water from Ba Le well and are made into the noodle. After that, the noodle will be streamed several times and sun-dried. Therefore, Cao Lau can be stored overnight without rotting.

cao-lau-my-son-2018Source: ngonnhat.blogspot.com

Cao Lau is usually served with herb, Xa Xiu pork, roasted pig skin and a spoon of lard. You will find the noodle a little bit crunchy with the sour, spicy, a bit bitter and sweet of herbs, the smell of the sauce and the feeling when the piece of skin is crushed in your mouth.

You can find where is considered as the best Cao Lau of Hoi An right in Hoi An market. It is called Cao Lau Ba Be. The price for a bowl of Cao Lau is about VND 20,000, really cheap. But you have to hungry because this show will shut down at 17:00.

3. Pork roll in rice paper – You think you knew it? Not in My Son Sanctuary, Quang Nam

In Ingredients respect, it is simply noodle, herbs and a piece of streamed pork leg or bacon rolled in rice paper but is served with the special sauce that you can only find it in Dai Loc, Quang Nam.

pork-roll-in-rice-paper-my-son-2018Source: lozi.vn

Like Quang noodle, you can find this dish at any restaurant in My Son and even Quang Nam. But when it needs to be serious, you have to try this dish in Dai Loc because only rice paper in Dai Loc is thick enough to not be torn apart, the ingredients for the sauce are also special, too.

Address: Mrs. Lien’s restaurant, Lam Phung hamlet, Dai Dong, Dai Loc, Quang Nam.
Price: VND 5,000 – 550,000.

4. Banh Trang Dap – Beating your food before eating in My Son Sanctuary, Quang Nam

It is a very cheap dish but really delicious. They combine the crunchy taste of “banh trang” and the sweet soft of “banh uot”. This dish can be served only when it is still hot and if you want to eat, you have to crush it into pieces. Every bite you will feel crunchy and soft at the same time. The sauce in Quang Nam will lift this dish to a whole new level.

banh-trang-dap-my-son-2018Source: danangcuisine.com

Address: Hoang Dieu, Cam Nam, Hoi An city
Price: VND 8,000 – 22,000

5. Grilled Nem – All you need now in My Son Sanctuary, Quang Nam is beers

grilled-nem-my-son-2018Source: travel-to-vietnam.net

It is the most favorite dish for a drinking party. It is the pork with a little bit fat. Pork after being marinated in salt, garlic, and pepper will be covered in the banana leave and fermented for 1 – 2 days. When used, they put it in the ash of burning coal until the cover turns black. The meat becomes juicy with fat, a little bit sour. It will be served with lemon leaf or guava leaf.

You can ask the staff in the hotel you live to buy the genuine “nem”.

6. Shrimp Ram – The crispy Quang Nam “nem” in My Son

Shrimp ram look pretty like “nem” in the North, but instead of mined everything, the ingredients are kept in piece inside the ram. The main components are shrimp, bacon, rice paper and other spices. You will find it fat, fragrant meat, the sweet of shrimp and the crispy of the cover. It is served with sweet and sour sauce.

shrimp-ram-my-son-2018Source: andacsan.com

Address: Loc Phat restaurant, No. 110, Truong Chi Cuong, Tam Ky City, Quang Nam
Price: VND 25,000 – 100,000

7. Gio Oc – An interesting dish in My Son, Quang Nam

The Quang Nam was a poor place that people were rarely able to eat livestock meat. But on the other hand, they have a lot of marine animals, especially snails. Therefore, they use these delicious snails to make it the “Gio oc”. They take the meat away from snail shell, fried with spices, mushrooms and pork head meat. Then wait a while till it is cool and squeezed them like making sausage. you will feel it fat taste, tough and crunchy like the streamed chicken skin.

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You can ask hotel staff where you stay to buy the genuine “Gio Oc”

V. WHERE TO STAY IN MY SON, QUANG NAM

1. Villas and resorts near My Son Sanctuary

a. The Chi villa – An amazing accommodation for a vacation near My Son Sanctuary

chivilla-my-son-2018Source: chivilla.com

It is a colonial style villa is set in a lush garden with a private swimming pool, sun chair for soaking, day bed for lazing and an outdoor dining area. They have a fully kitted out kitchen look toward the poof, a spacious open plan living room and an entertainment center with flat cable TV. There are three bedrooms and two private sun terraces open onto to the garden. The modern and high-quality furniture will offer you nothing but the satisfy.

Sources Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 5/5 10/10 9.8/10

Advantage:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shuttle service
  • Security
  • Room service included
  • Breakfast

Price: VND 8,000,000 – 10,000,000 per night
Address: Group 3, Tan An, An Bang Beach, Cam An, Hoi An, Quang Nam (28.2 km far from My Son Sanctuary)
Contact: (+84) 935 310 875
Mail: stay@chivilla.com

b. KA villa – A cozy relaxing place near My Son Sanctuary

Ka-villa-my-son-2018Source: kavilla.com

A newly built accommodation near An Bang beach – one of the top 10 best beaches in the world 2014. Every non-smoking room has air condition, cable flat TV, a fridge and a mini personal safe. They also have an outdoor swimming pool, breakfast in Asian style, free bike hiring, and English speaking staff.

Sources Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 5/5 10/10 10/10

Advantage:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shuttle service
  • Breakfast
  • Free parking site

Price: VND 900,000 per night for a Twin room
Address: No. 51, Nguyen Phan Vinh Street, Cam An, Hoi An, Quang Nam (28.7 km far from My Son Sanctuary)
Contact: (+84) 235 391 4879
Mail: info@kavilla.com

c. Zen Villa Hoi An – High-quality accommodation near My Son Sanctuary

zen-villa-hoi-an-my-son-2018Source: booking.com

It is a 10-minute walk from Hoi An Historical museum and especially near the Assembly Hall of Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, Assembly Hall of the Hainan Chinese Congregation and Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation. They offer free bike hiring, outdoor swimming pool, and American style breakfast. Rooms are equipped with cable flat TV, air condition, wardrobe, and terrace.

Sources Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 4.5/5 9/10 8.9/10

Advantage:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shuttle service
  • Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Free parking site

Price: VND 2,600,000 – 3,000,000 per night for Twin room
Address: No. 87, Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Son Phong, Hoi An, Quang Nam (26.4 km far from My Son Sanctuary)
Contact: (+84) 2353 914 111

d. Palm Garden Beach Resort and Spa – Everything you need for a vacation near My Son Sanctuary

Palm-Garden-Beach-Resort-Spa-my-son-2018Source: bookkhachsan.com

Located in the middle of 50,000 m2 of landscaped gardens, it is a 3-minute walk from Cua Dai beach. They offer shuttle service for customers who want to go to Hoi An, massage, outdoor swimming pool, scuba diving and beach volleyball. Every room has view look toward the garden or the beach with wooden classic furniture. You can enjoy the fresh air in the jogging road lead you through the garden of more than 400 kinds of palm trees and plants. In addition, you can experience the international menu in Colibri Beach Front Restaurant, the Vietnamese cousin in Terrace Café and have a drinking night in Contino Club Bar.

Sources Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 5/5 8.5/10 8.7/10

Advantage:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shuttle service
  • Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Massage
  • Private beach
  • Free parking site

Price: VND 800,000 – 850,000 per night for a Twin room
Address: Lac Long Quan Street, Cua Dai beach, Hoi An, Quang Nam (29.4 km far from My Son Sanctuary)
Contact: (+84) 2353 927 927
Mail: info@pgr.com.vn

e. Khamy Riverside Resort – Getting lost in the wonderful palm garden near My Son Sanctuary

Khamy-Riverside-Resort-my-son-2018Source: booking.com

Located in the middle of restaurant district in Hoi An, Khamy Riverside Resort is a popular pick for whether business or leisure travel. It is very convenient to visit every must-see destination in Hoi An.  You can enjoy free Wi-Fi in every room, 24h room service, daily housekeeping and some rooms feature a kitchen with dishwasher and toaster. They also offer boats hiring, private beach, massage, solarium and garden

Sources Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 5/5 9.9/10 9.1/10

Advantage:

  • Shuttle service
  • Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Massage
  • Private beach
  • Free parking site

Price: VND 750,000 per night for a Twin room and VND 1,200,000 for a King Deluxe
Address: No. 40, Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam (26.4 km far from My Son Sanctuary)
Contact: (+84) 905 733 490

2. Hotels and Guesthouses near My Son Sanctuary

a. The Beach Little Boutique Hotel and Spa – The high-quality hotel in middle sector near My Son

The-Beach-Little-Boutique-Hotel-and-SpaSource: agoda.com

Located 5 km far from the center of Hoi An, this hotel lies right near Cua Dai beach. They offer convenient accommodation with air condition, cable flat TV, premium spring mattress and beach view. They also own an outdoor swimming pool, bar, playground and restaurant. The shuttle service available night and day if you want to enter the town and the English and French speaking staff will adopt everything you need.

Sources Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 5/5 8.9/10 9.3/10

Advantage:

  • Swimming pool
  • Free parking site
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar
  • English and French speaking staff
  • Private beach
  • Free parking site

Price: VND 1,500,000 per night for a Twin room and VND 2,600,000 for a Suite River View
Address: Lac Long Quan, Cua Dai beach, Hoi An, Quang Nam (29.5 km far from My Son Sanctuary)
Contact: (+84) 2353 861 999
Mail: info@littlehoianbeach.com

b. Hoi An River Town Hotel – A suitable place for both work and relax near My Son, Quang Nam

Hoi-An-River-Town-Hotel-my-son-2018Source: agoda.com

The convenient location of this hotel makes it suitable for whether business trip or leisure travel. They offer high-quality service with entertainment center, gym, outdoor swimming pool, soaking terrace and garden. They have shuttle service from the airport and from/to An Bang beach. The multilingual staff is 24/7 available to adapt your desires. You can also use bicycle of the hotel for free.

Sources Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 5/5 9.2/10 9.5/10

Advantage:

  • Swimming pool
  • Free parking site
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free parking site

Price: VND 1,800,000 per night for a Twin room and VND 3,500,000 for a Duplex suite with view
Address: No. 26, Thoai Ngoc Thau, Cam Pho, Hoi An, Quang Nam (24.4 km far from My Son Sanctuary)
Contact: (+84) 2353 924 924
Mail: info@hoianrivertown.com

c. Indochine Hoi An Riverside Hotel and Spa – A smart choice for vacation near My Son Sanctuary

Indochine-Hoi-An-Riverside-Hotel-and-Spa-my-son-2018Source: booking.com

Located 12-minute walk from the beach, Indochine Hoi An Riverside Hotel and Spa offer you everything for a wonderful vacation. They have shuttle service that picks you up from the airport. Every room has cable flat TV, fridge, working desk and bathtub. They also offer swimming pool, gym, spa, massage and laundry. Panorama Bar & Restaurant on the top floor is where you enjoy your dinner with the sweeping view over the city

Sources Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 4/5 8.2/10 9.5/10

Advantage:

  • Swimming pool
  • Free parking site
  • Breakfast included
  • Spa & Massage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free parking site

Price: VND 750,000 per night for a Twin room and VND 1,300,000 for a Family suite
Address: No. 175, Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam (29.2 km far from My Son Sanctuary)
Contact: (+84) 2353 864 800
Mail: sales@hoianriverresort.com.vn

VI. MUST-KNOW TIPS FOR EXPLORING TRIP IN MY SON SANCTUARY

Aprasa-dance-my-son-2018An Apsara dance performance. Source: camnangdulich4mua.com

  • Because the weather in the Central area is hard to be predicted, you should carry umbrellas, raincoats (in case it rain) and hat (in case it is sunny). The relic is a large expanse of bare land so it may be hot and harsh.
  • Sports shoes are recommended. You are going to walk a lot.
  • Don’t forget Sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • A tour guide is necessary for My Son Sanctuary. Without the tour guide, this place is like an old abandon brickyard.
  • Don’t forget to turn back to the main quarter to watch the Apsara dance.

 


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