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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 mountains 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. Important Information Pick up time: 7.30 AM - 8.15 AM End time: 1.45 PM - 2.00 PM Duration: 6 hours Pick-up: Your hotel in Hoi An center Small group: maximum 13 guests Tour detail: 8:00 AM: Our guide pick you up at your hotel and depart to My Son Sanctuary 9:00 AM: Arrive at My Son and we will have 2 hours to discover the site 11:30 AM: Back to the van and have lunch at restaurant 12:30 noon: Take a boat trip to Hoi An with beautiful river scenery on Thu Bon River. 13:45: arrive at Hoi An, we will drop you at your hotel. Tour ends!

Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery Adventure

2. 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. 

Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

3. 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.

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.

My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

5. My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

Visit My Son, one of the most important sites of the ancient Champa Kingdom, on a 4-hour tour from Da Nang. Situated in a valley surrounded by high mountains, the World Heritage Site is one of the most stunning sights in central Vietnam. Choose from a shared or private tour. During the excavation of the site, letters were found revealing that the complex had been a site of Hindu worship since the 4th century. In the 7th century, the temples that had been destroyed by fire were restored with locally made bricks. Hear about 70 similar temples built in the period up to the 13th century, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism. Enjoy a walking tour around the sanctuary to see the many temples and towers.

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

6. 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

7. 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.

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

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

You will begin your shared or private 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 dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries. After concluding the first half of the tour, stop to enjoy lunch in Hoi An. In the afternoon, discover the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone mountains that are named after the five elements. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the stunning natural caves of the mountain and enjoy the beautiful view from the top as well. You will also visit a local village. Besides great beaches and beautiful landscapes, Da Nang boasts the Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, which is a unique craft village to the south of the city. Situated at the foot of the Marble Mountains, this craft village has a proud history going back more than 200 years. Then, you will visit Linh Ung Pagoda at Son Tra Peninsula before returning to your hotel.

From Hoi An: My Son Small-Group Tour with Sunset Cruise

9. From Hoi An: My Son Small-Group Tour with Sunset Cruise

Begin your journey of My Son in Hoi An, where you will be picked up by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, My Son, Vietnam's most important political and religious site of the ancient Champa Kingdom, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the tall and dramatic mountain range surrounding My Son's cluster of impressive Hindu tower-temples, built between the 4th and 13th centuries - most of which stand as partial ruins today. Here, enjoy a traditional Champa dance show set with the sanctuary's stunning backdrop. Next, head to the Thu Bon River for a relaxing 50-minute boat ride that will take you back to Hoi An, your tour's final stop. While you cruise down the cool waters' surface, savor a roll of traditional Bánh mi bread Vietnam is so famous for, all while soaking up the orange hues of the sunset.

From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

10. 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.

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What people are saying about My Son Sanctuary

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 466 reviews

A wonderful tour that shows you everything you need know the history of the My Son sanctuary and Hoi An. Our tour guide was very friendly, we learned a lot not only about the sights but also the life of the local people and how it's still being affected by the recent history of the country. My Son is beautiful, impressive and the tour was timed so we could watch a charming local music & dance performance. In Hoi An, we visited several sites with great historical importance. It was very enjoyable thanks to interesting stories, information told by our guide. Much recommended!

I had a gentle, English-speaking guide name Thao. She is pretty good with her English and knowledge despite being so young. She also very friendly and made me feel very welcomed. I was brought to a nice lunch place called Mỳ quãng đại nam near My Son Ruins. Serves one of the best crispy pancake (throw into your soup) and Mi Quang. Awesome!

Our tour guide Tin was very friendly and spoke good understandable English. He enriched our visit to the facility with a lot of knowledge. We were lucky enough to be alone with Tin.

It was really nice and peaceful place! Tour guide was really nice too. Don’t skip this place if you are in Hoi an!

Very nice trip with a a very serviceminded driver Mr. Kin.