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Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

1. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

One of the most stunning sights to see in Hoi An area is My Son, Viet Nam’s most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountain ranges, My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence

My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

2. My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel and depart to My Son, one of the most important sites of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges, My Son is one of the most stunning sights to see in Central Vietnam and only around 80 kilometers from Da Nang city. Whilst excavating My Son, letters found revealed that this complex has been used for offerings and worship of the Hindu god since the 4th century. In 1999, Unesco declared My Son a Unesco World Heritage Site. The My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia. Originally built with wood, the temples in My Son were completely destroyed by fire in the 6th century and restored in the 7th century by Sambhuvarman who rebuilt the temples with locally made bricks. Up to the 13th century, more than 70 similar temples were built, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism in the Champa Kingdom.

From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

3. From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

Rich with cultural and historic significance, My Son sanctuary is one of the most beautiful and important religious sites in Vietnam. Your tour starts early, with pickup from your expert English-speaking guide at 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM. After a stunning drive through amidst lush hills and rushing rivers, you’ll arrive at the My Son at 10:00 AM — still early enough to beat the heat. Wandering through the ruins of ancient temples to the Hindu god Shiva, your guide will recount the fascinating history of the kingdom of Champa, whose religious leaders began the construction of My Son in the 4th-century. See the ornate towers, now covered with bright green grass, with ornate pillars still suggesting the beauty of the complex when it was built. After 2.5 hours of exploring, you’ll hop on a colorful boat bound back for Hoi An, where you’ll gather more priceless insight from your guide while you enjoy a local vegetarian lunch. Drifting down the Thu Bôn River, you'll get a further taste of the verdant beauty of the Vietnamese countryside, flanked by mountains and jungles on either side. By 2:30 PM you’ll be back at Nguyen Hoang pier in Hoi An, ready to take on the rest of your day.

Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

4. Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Hoi An then travels the 50 km journey to the captivating Cham temples of My Son Sanctuary. A must-see for history buffs, the sanctuary dates back from the 4th to the 13th century and owes its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the temples and learn about the site's headless statues, whose upper bodies are currently on display behind glass at The Louvre in Paris. Unlike a half-day tour, this full-day experience allows you plenty of time to explore the complex and see everything that the sanctuary has to offer. After your tour of the temple, stop by a local restaurant for a traditional lunch to replenish your energy. Later, enjoy an incredible cultural performance practiced by the Cham people for many centuries. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to your hotel in Hoi An.

Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

5. Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

Your full-day tour will begin with a 50-kilometer ride from Da Nang to the captivating Cham temples of My Son Sanctuary, a must-see area for history buffs. Upon arrival there will be plenty of time to tour the temples and spot headless statues, whose upper bodies are currently behind glass at the Louvre in Paris. You'll then watch a fantastic cultural performance, which has been practiced for several centuries. Unlike a half-day tour, this full-day tour will leave you with ample time to explore around. After exploring the temple site, you will be issued a break to stop for a tasty local lunch. Following your break, you will return back to your Da Nang accommodation.

Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery Adventure

6. Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery Adventure

Be picked up from your hotel in Hoi An, early in the morning and be whisked off through the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside. After about an hour of driving through rural Vietnam, reach the historic complex of My Son.  My Son is one of Vietnam’s most important heritage sites, providing a unique insight into the lives of the Cham people who lived here over a thousand years ago. Skip the line and explore this atmospheric architectural ensemble before the tourist hordes arrive. Learn about the original building techniques applied during construction and the traditional materials that were used, such as timber, brick, and stone. Look out for the numerous craters that were left here by American bombs from the war in the 1960s and 70s. After exploring the ruins, stop off for an unforgettable experience to watch the Apsara dance beside the historic temples. The performers will give a dance demonstration to the sounds of panpipes and drums, wearing colorful traditional costumes and cone-shaped hats. On the way back to Hoi An, stop at a rice paper workshop to test your culinary skills and learn how to make a delicious local snack. Afterward, sit back and enjoy your creations with a cup of Vietnamese coffee and engage in a friendly chat with our hosts about the rural way of life here. To finish the tour,  head back into Hoi An and be dropped off at your hotel or perhaps at a local restaurant for lunch, whichever you prefer. Don’t forget to ask your local guide for hints and tips on how to get the most out of your stay in Hoi An. 

From Da Nang: My Son and Marble Mountains Full-day Tour

7. From Da Nang: My Son and Marble Mountains Full-day Tour

We will begin our day trip with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son, which has been designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, there are dozen of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th century. Have lunch at a local restaurant then we will discover Marble Mountains (Vietnamese: Ngu Hanh Son; literally “five elements mountains”) Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the stunning natural caves of the mountain and enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist Pagoda. We will climb up the stone stairs and visit the caves and pagodas as well as admire the beautiful panoramic view. Marble Mountain Linh Ung Pagoda at Marble Mountains has been designated a national historical and cultural site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. We will also visit Am Phu Cave where there is a replica of “Heaven and Hell”, we can listen to the clapping of bats’ wings in the cave, contemplate the mysterious pagodas and the sculpturing village. We finally visit Son Tra Linh Ung Pagoda with the spectacular Son Tra Quan Yin, or Goddess of Mercy statue.

From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

8. From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience to visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: the ancient Champa Kingdom of My Son, and the ancient town of Hoi An. Begin your guided day trip with hotel pickup from Da Nang and start with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. This fascinating archaeological site was constructed between the 7th and 13th centuries. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, admire the dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries. After exploring this area with your guide, you’ll head to Hoi An to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch.   In the afternoon, discover Hoi An by foot. This historic town, which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries, is now a beautiful city that cannot be missed while touring the Southeast Asian region. While walking through the city, you’ll make a few stops: visit Hoi An’s colorful local market, ancient houses, Assembly Halls, manufacturing workshops, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. You’ll also see local residents raising silkworms and producing silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Da Nang.

Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

9. Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

Take a drive from Hoi An to Hue by private car, stopping at scenic views and important landmarks along the way on an 8- to 9-hour excursion.   After pickup from your hotel in the Hoi An city center, start your trip with the highlight: a visit to My Son Sanctuary, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th centuries. Even partially ravaged by time and war, these gorgeous ruins are still worth a trip.   Next, stop at the Marble Mountains, famous for their image of rocky peaks rising above homes and resorts. Here, you’ll learn about Buddhism and see religious architecture that exists in harmony with nature. Continue on to Hai Van Pass, where there are vestiges of an ancient fortified gateway. At the peak is a rest station where you can take a break and enjoy a coffee. Just 60 kilometers from Hue, you’ll stop at the serene fishing township of Lang Co, whose beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world. Sample some local seafood before continuing on to Lap An Lagoon, surrounded by Bach Ma Mountain Range, an incredibly popular tourist destination.   Your last stop will be Hue Fishing Village, located on a bio-diverse lagoon full of rare and valuable marine products. Locals here survive by catching fish and shrimp and selling them to local markets.   Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Hue.

My Son Sanctuary: Small-Group Discovery Trip with Lunch

10. My Son Sanctuary: Small-Group Discovery Trip with Lunch

Explore one of the most stunning sights in the Hoi An area on this guided trip to My Son Sanctuary, Vietnam’s most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Learn how to make rice paper, have lunch, and return via a scenic boat ride. Depart to My Son after pickup in Hoi An. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges, My Son was named a Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Enjoy two hours to fully discover this historic area. See the remains of a series of impressive tower temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. Then, get back in the van and head to a local house to have lunch With your belly full, set out on a boat trip back to Hoi An. Take in the beautiful river scenery on Thu Bồn River. Upon arrival in Hoi An, get driven back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about My Son Sanctuary

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 246 reviews

Everything from pick-up and traveling to My Son was smooth. The guide was super funny and informative. I have learnt a lot about the sanctuary and we were giving enought time to take photos as well. Lunch was great. I took the way back with the Thu Bon RIver Cruise - it was nothing spectacular per se, but way nicer than to go back by bus. I would recommend the tour to everyone!!

The private tour was great. We were picked up directly at the hotel and the manager was very nice and spoke very good English. Along the way she shared lots of information with us and once we arrived you could tell how well she knew the ruins/people. The tour was just beautiful and we can recommend it

Our guide was very generous! They taught us a lot in a few hours! Also very kind! We loved our activity!

Very interesting tour with funny and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.

Great guide; good amount of time spent; great package altogether