Ultimate Guide On How To Visit My Son Sanctuary, Vietnam

The ancient My Son Sanctuary ruins near Hoi An tell us a lot about the ancient Champa people who use to live here.

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Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. A journalist for more than đôi mươi years, he"s been travelling the world since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle & has been travelling full time for a decade.

Taking a tour to lớn My Son

The temples of My Son have faced many challenges over the years, but there is still lots khổng lồ see at this World Heritage Site.

One of the best ways to lớn visit the ruins from nearby tourist towns is lớn take a tour lớn My Son.

The My Son temples in Vietnam survived centuries of time, they survived territorial wars, and they survived years of neglect. What finally destroyed the grandest of them all was American bombs.

Thankfully not everything was lost.


The temples that were built here from as early as the 4th century by the Champa culture, dedicated to lớn Indian Hindu gods lượt thích Shiva, are still in good condition (or, at least, have been restored to that state). Visiting My Son, surrounded by lush scenery, makes for an excellent day trip from Hoi An.

I’ll talk more about this soon, but it’s best to visit My Son on a tour. I would recommend this one from Hoi An, or this one from domain authority Nang.

The name ‘My Son’ means ‘beautiful mountain’ & it’s easy to lớn see how it got its name, with the complex set in moist green jungle beneath a cluster of impressive peaks.

But it’s the temples, full of history, carved with the faces of its creators, that are the highlights.

What is the My Son Sanctuary?

The My Son Sanctuary, also just called My Son, is a collection of Hindu temples near Hoi An in Vietnam. They were built by the Champa people between the 4th and 14th centuries.

Why is My Son a World Heritage Site?

My Son has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is the best remaining monuments from the Champa people. This quality culture brought Indian religious values & worshipped Krishna, Vishnu, và particularly Shiva.

Is it worth visiting My Son?

Visiting My Son is an excellent way to lớn explore the fascinating culture that developed in this part of Vietnam until the 14th century. The temples are in good condition and it’s a site that you won’t find anywhere else in the country.

The plants dominate everything these days. Not just with the views of the surrounding landscapes, but even with the green shoots growing out of cracks of every original

Not that there would have been many cracks back when the temples were first built. The Champa people devised an ingenious construction method that is hard to replicate today.


Learning more about this, and about the people who lived here, is one of the reasons a tour to My Son is so fascinating.

A brief history of My Son

The My Son temple complex was built between the 4th century and the 14th century. It was the central worshipping centre for the Champa people who had five kingdoms in the surrounding areas.

The Champa had come from Java in Indonesia and brought with them their Hindu religion. My Son was dedicated lớn the Hindu god Shiva.


They built the walls with soft bricks that had been baked at a low temperature. When they were placed on đứng đầu of each other, they moulded together.

When the final shape was complete, the whole building was phối on fire to harden the bricks & lock them into place. No need for mortar, yet no gaps.


The god Shiva was the bringer of the wishes of the Champa people and the thing they wished for most was fertility. The Champa wanted khổng lồ grow their population because of the basic idea that there was strength in numbers.

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Remember, these were people who were essentially immigrants with no historical connection khổng lồ the land. If they were going khổng lồ defend their kingdoms and also expand them, they needed the people to vày that.


And protection was a real issue for the Champa. They faced threats from the Khmer Empire in Cambodia, other ethnic groups in Vietnam, & even from the Chinese.

In the end, though, it was the Viet people who gained control of this region in the 11th century & forced the Champa khổng lồ move south, closer to Nha Trang, although their leaders managed lớn maintain the temple complex for a couple more centuries.


After that, though, the temples were lost. My Son was overtaken by the jungle, and the natural world swallowed the remains of the culture that had thrived for almost a millennium.

How My Son was rediscovered

After being lost, My Son was finally rediscovered by the French in 1898. They embarked on a restoration project, realising the significance of the site, comparing it to places lượt thích Angkor in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia & Ayutthaya in Thailand.


And this brings us khổng lồ August 1969 when much of this restoration work was undone.

In just one week, American B52s carpet bombed the site during an intense period of fighting during the Vietnam War. The section of My Son with the largest temples – the most impressive & most holy – was turned into a pile of rubble.


It’s tragic – but war is tragic, isn’t it?

And, luckily for future tourists (like myself) and for the cultural legacy of mankind, some sections survived and can still be visited today.

Tips for visiting My Son

Most people use the nearby thành phố of Hoi An as the base for visiting the temple complex of My Son, và it’s just about an hour’s drive away. It’s also possible lớn go to lớn My Son from domain authority Nang as a day trip.

In Hoi An, you will find that a lot of the hotels will offer My Son tours – with the budget ones as low as $10 per person.

However, the entrance ticket is not included và is currently 150,000 dong (US$6.40). Plus, the cheaper the tour, the larger the group will be. If you really want to lớn learn about the site, you’re better going for a smaller group tour.


There are three basic areas to My Son that you can see. The first is a relatively complete temple complex with about a dozen buildings. These are formed different stages in the ceremonies to lớn worship Shiva and are aligned with the movements of the sun.

Even today, they are impressive & you can still see the ornate carvings in the bricks of various Hindu gods và symbols.


The second area you can see is the site where the bombs destroyed a temple complex. This is not particularly spectacular because nothing has been done to lớn terror the structures. Grass has grown over much of it and it’s hard to get a sense of what stood there for so many centuries.


The final area is made up of two adjacent places where restoration had either taken place or is still taking place. It’s clear to lớn see the difference in the colour, the texture và the age of the bricks of these temples.

The shapes of the buildings have been honoured but the materials are obviously not authentic. Still, it’s being done with care & respect và the rebuilding of My Son should be applauded, in my opinion.

Tours khổng lồ My Son

Public transport for any independent travel khổng lồ My Son is a bit tricky, with the exception of this daily shuttle bus designed for tourists.

But unless you have your own oto or motorbike, I think the easiest & most affordable way to lớn see My Son is with one of the tours that local operators will offer.

You will probably find your hotel will have options once you arrive, but you may like to guarantee a spot in advance, và know what kind of company you’re going with.

So, if you would like to arrange a tour khổng lồ visit the My Son ruins from Hoi An, I would recommend one of the following: