Renowned throughout Asia for its traditional charm, Hoi An is a town untouched by modernization. The pedestrian-only streets of Hoi An Ancient Town lend themselves well to walking tours, making it an easy place to explore in just a few hours. Here’s how to make the most of even the shortest stint.
My Son Sanctuary
Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province
My Son was once home to around 70 temples, plus additional structures. American bombing during the Vietnam War, when Viet Cong forces used the area as a base, damaged many temples, and the sanctuary is still riddled with craters.
Besides My Son, the largest temple and the site’s namesake, there’s an informative museum, a range of temple groups, and freestanding lingam (phallic symbols representing the god Shiva). If you’re into history, consider hiring a private guide, as many budget tours include stops for shopping and relatively little time on site. If you’re visiting from Da Nang, add a stop at Hoi An Old Town and its vibrant food scene. Photographers can opt for a tour that includes a Hoi An river trip at sunset.
We really enjoyed the tour, service was great, very punctual and also informative. I would highly recommend it!
nandnathalal, Aug 2019
Recent reviews from experiences in Hoi An
Amazing positive guide made the tour
Anastassia_S, Feb 2020
My Son Sanctuary Luxury Trip
The guide made this tour! Positiivne, always having nice tiny jokes, very good English and what I also appretiate, giving extra info about the tour objects and not only. My Son Sanctuary is amazing historical place worth to visit as well I enjoyed the trip, wish you the Same. Just take your coat for the boat tour
Great day at My Son and more!
Vinh_P, Jan 2020
My Son Sanctuary Luxury Trip
Tony/Bao was such an amazing guide! Super knowledgable and funny, he provided our group with excellent insight into the Champa Kingdom and the My Son Sanctuary. We had a great day and very much recommend anyone interested in seeing My Son to consider taking this tour. The afternoon was capped off with rice paper making, a local lunch and a peaceful ride down the Thu Bon River - a perfect conclusion to an excellent tour.
My Son Sanctuary
Deirdre S, Sep 2019
My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountain Day Trip from Hoi An
Great day trip to My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountain. Our guide, Hai, was excellent and very knowledgeable. Both My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountain were very beautiful with lots of photo ops.
An excellent tour
Kim_M, Sep 2019
Full-day HOI AN CITY TOUR & MY SON SANCTUARY from DA NANG
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide Joseph? spoke English fairly well. Had a few jokes to tell as well as keeping us very well informed both at My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An.. Lunch was delicious and plentiful We enjoyed this trip so much we have booked the 4 hour Da Nang and Marble mountain excursion. 5 stars from me
My Son/ Hoi An
Tracy_B, Mar 2020
My Son Sanctuary (Bus - Boat) & Ho An Ancient Town From Da Nang City
Our tour was awesome. Great hotel pick up. Informative tour guide. Nice transition from van to boat on the river down to Hoi An. Had a great time on our tour. Lunch with noodles and flavor packet was a challenge to mix while on the boat. Would have been nice to have napkins and wet wipes to clean hands and up messes. Overall great trip!
Good tour guide and arrangement
Hlfranklin_K, Jun 2018
Private Tour: Half-Day at My Son Sanctuary
Transportation is clean and driver is professional. Tour guide can speak good English and good in providing good guide to the site.
My Son Sanctuary Tour Hoi An
Tess_H, Jan 2020
My Son Sanctuary Luxury Trip
Viator offers an informative and enjoyable tour of the My Son Sanctuary. We had an exceptional experience followed by rice paper making classes and a exquisite lunch with our tour guides step family. To top of the experience a boat ride on the river into Hoi An was a truely memorable experience. We greatly appreciated the hospitality and service was beyond words, thank you!
Book it, you won't regret it
Katey_W, Dec 2020
My Son Sanctuary: Small Group Tour at 6am
Restored my faith in guided tours. Would 100% book again. No sales pitches, no angry drivers, just a fabulous, informative tour of this beautiful location from someone who grew up locally.
My Son and Marble Mountain
Max_P, Feb 2020
Private My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountains tour with lunch
Very informative, Ken our guide was knowledgeable and gave us many insights into Vietnam history in general
Andy_Q, Feb 2020
Full-day HOI AN CITY AND MY SON SANCTUARY TOUR
Great Tour. Driver drove well and was polite and courteous. Snow our guide was fun knowledgeable and spoke good english. Whilst we had already been to the old city, Snow's in-depth local knowledge opened our eyes further.
Great tour, guide and meal!!
gregpanas, Feb 2020
Private My Son Sanctuary tour with admission & lunch
Thao is an excellent guide. After our tour, thao took us to an amazing restaurant for a 6 course meal. Highly recommend!!
Things to Know Before You Go
Entrance tickets include transportation on a shuttle bus from the parking lot to the ruins.
Demining groups have cleared the immediate area of unexploded ordnance from the Vietnam War, but it’s still advised to stay on the marked paths for safety.
Rough terrain, narrow paths, and stairs make My Son Sanctuary a challenge for travelers who use wheelchairs or strollers.
How to Get There
The My Son ruins sit in central Vietnam, about 25 miles (41 kilometers) east of Hoi An and around 27 miles (43 kilometers) south of Da Nang. There’s no public transportation, and Vietnamese traffic is not for the faint-hearted, so the easiest way to travel is on a tour or with a private driver.
When to Get There
The My Son Sanctuary is open from early morning until late afternoon, seven days a week. To beat the summer heat and crowds, arrive early. As with all Vietnamese tourist attractions, My Son is best avoided around the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday in late January or early February.
Cham Kingdom Sites in Vietnam
My Son Sanctuary is the best known of Vietnam’s Champa relics—the remains of a kingdom that once sprawled across much of south and central Vietnam. Other Cham Kingdom sites include the Po Nagar Cham Towers outside Nha Trang, still used for worship today; the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture; and, further south, the 13th-century Po Klong Garai Cham Towers.
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