Quang Ngai Things to Do
The only reason for me to stop in Quang Ngoi was to visit the site of the My Lai massacre, also known as Son My. Bicycles can be rented in town, then head northwards, cross the bridge over Tra Khuc River, take the first right and you will reach the memorial after 10 or so kms. The people were very friendly there and bore no ill will towards the Americans, rather the opposite.Related to:
- Historical Travel
March 16, 1968, the quiet hamlets of the Sơn Mỹ village were ravaged and nearly erased from the map. This has also been coined as the "Mỹ Lai" massacre.
Although the statistics vary from source to source, it is fair to say that nearly the entire population (~500 people) were killed with rare exception.
There are similarly conflicting reasons given for why these atrocities occurred. Some say that the US was operating on information that the Sơn Mỹ village was a Viet Cong stronghold. Others say that the US was experimenting new weapons, while others still believe it was merely an excessive to increase the death count with "enemy" bodies to improve the perception of the war's progress.
There was not one single shot fired by the Vietnamese in defense. The only US injury (to Herbert Carter) was self inflicted in order to avoid participating.
Ultimately only one US soldier was found guilty in court, while countless others have no doubt had to live with the haunting memories and guilt. Several soldiers came forward and gave confessions and testimony regarding the events.
The village foundations have been preserved, along with some grave sites and memorials. There is a small, yet humbling museum chronicling the events.
Entry cost is 10,000 VND.
If you take taxi, expect 120,000 VND round trip.
Taxi should wait for you & take you back to city.
If you take private car or taxi, additional 5,000 VND will be charged for parking.
[This should not be confused with the "My Son", which is a temple site from the Champa Kingdom, that is typically visited as a day trip from Hoi An.]Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
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Quang Ngai Hotels
Quang Ngai Restaurants
Tandoori Nights has decent Indian dishes. Possibly the next option for Indian will be ~3 hours north in Hoi An.
The restaurant is run by a small family of ex-pat Indians. The restaurant is simple enough, with maybe 8 tables. There is a large flat screen TV on the wall that typically has Indian music videos playing.
Favorite Dish: The curries and nan are quite good. They have food ranging from mild to hot/spicy. If you like spinach, try the Saagwala. Otherwise the masala and various curries are good!
Compliment the meal with some mango lassi.
L'Exotica is run by an expat living in the area. Therefore the menu is in English & French. The food is western style and prepared to satisfy western appetites.
The venue is set up as a restaurant and bar. The bar is fully stocked too. It has rather soft lighting and an eclectic mix of music playing.
Favorite Dish: The pasta and burgers are good. The beefsteak has been recommended too.
I would advise to stay away from the pizza. It was OK, but definitely not the best thing on the menu.
This restaurant is an outdoor venue, with tables spaced out under the canopy of natural trees and foliage.
The decoration is nice and is arguably one of the more upper-end restaurants in Quang Ngai. That being said, from a foreigner's point of view, prices were still moderate.
Favorite Dish: All the dishes that we had were good. The spring rolls and fish were excellent. They have some wonderful sauces that they mix in with the noodles and the vegetables too!
Quang Ngai Nightlife
The night life in Quang Ngai is only what you make of it yourself. I apologize in advance if you are traveling alone because this can be a dull place by yourself.
However, if you have a couple people to talk to, your options are limited to either the few restaurants, street vendor tables, or the river...
Best view, fresh air and casual drinks (both alcohol and non-alcohol) will be served along the river once the heat of the day has passed into the night. Starting from the Tra Khuc River bridge, dozens of independent vendors have tables, chairs and umbrellas set up. Pick you favorite and relax.
Dress Code: dress code is completely casual