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When we visit a city off the tourist trail, we try hard to uncover what makes the spot unique and worthwhile in its own right. But, when it comes to the provincial capital of Quang Ngai, we're still looking.

There are no attractions whatsoever inside the city. Its leading characteristic seems to be that it's a more cold and impersonal place than its neighbours to the south, Tuy Hoa, and Qui Nhon. Even the small burb of Tam Ky to the north offers more for the casual visitor than Quang Ngai.

But at the same time, we have to say, if you're in the region at all, you absolutely, positively, must go to Quang Ngai -- or at least 10 km outside of it.

The reason for this is the truly excellent museum in nearby Son My, which memorialises the slaughter of 504 unarmed villagers by American forces in 1968, known as the My Lai Massacre.

So, we've found some ways to make a stay in Quang Ngai as pleasant as possible.

One alternative to staying in town is to visit the museum en route, though this can make for a fairly, long gruelling day.

A better alternative is to simply stay at Quang Ngai's local beach, My Khe -- it's as good a beach as anywhere else along the coast, and only two kilometres from the museum. Finally, if you do stay in town, there are ways to make it as painless as possible.

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Text and/or map last updated on 21st August, 2009.

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