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My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary

Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province

The Basics

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.

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My Son Sanctuary small group at 6 am with knowledgeable local guide
My Son Sanctuary small group at 6 am with knowledgeable local guide
$29.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
10/10 would recommend to everyone!
Thao Was a wonderful tour guide and host. His communication was perfect and he was on time. Drove us safely to My Son (where he is from) and made great conversation and answered our questions well. Bought us coffee. Was a very knowledgeable tour through My son at a perfect time out of the heat. He took photos of my friend and I and made us feel very comfortable. He took us for breakfast after which was wonderful and then we were dropped off at our accom. 10/10 was great.
Emily_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Hoi An

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Fantastic tour and wonderful tour guide!
Paul_T, Jul 2022
Half-day MY SON SANCTUARY TOUR from HOI AN
We had an absolutely fantastic tour to My Son sanctuary from Hoi An with our brilliant tour guide Tom! Tom made the day even better for us with his excellent knowledge and humour from start to finish. We learned so much on our tour and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks again Tom!
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Wonderful Day Trip
Janna_I, Jul 2022
Half-day MY SON SANCTUARY TOUR from HOI AN
We really enjoyed our day trip to the My Son Sanctuary! Our guide was very knowledgeable. We decided to take the afternoon tour and it was very hot. It was nice, though, because we were the only ones there.
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My Son Tour
Natasha_G, Jul 2022
Small Group - My Son Sanctuary Tour From Hoi An
Our tour guide was full of interesting information and knowledge about the My Son Sanctuary. It was a small group which was nice and while the tour was guided, there was still plenty of opportunity to take photos. I learned a lot and highly recommend this tour.
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Great tour! Early morning is the way to go!!
Emma_M, Jul 2022
My Son Sanctuary small group at 6 am with knowledgeable local guide
Early morning tour was a great way to visit My Son. Hardly any people and not too hot!! Sorry I forgot our tour guides’s name but she was great, very knowledgeable about My Son and shared stories of the local life. Local breakfast was yum!!
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A beautiful site to see!
Claire_K, Jul 2022
Half-day MY SON SANCTUARY TOUR from HOI AN
We had a great tour with a really friendly and personable guide called Vin. He was extremely knowledgeable about the ruins and about the history of the area, giving us lots of extra information and bringing the ruins to life. Would really recommend if you are in Hoi An for a few days!
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Great experience
Dimitrios_K, Jul 2022
My Son Sanctuary small group at 6 am with knowledgeable local guide
Thao is a great guide, friendly, very knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. Did the private tour at 1500.
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Well worth it
HengMing_W, Jun 2022
My Son Sanctuary - small group tour
Experienced and friendly tour guide. Made sure everything went well despite last minute booking. Shared many interesting facts and history about My Son.
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Kind, thoughtful and informative
matthew_s, Jun 2022
Private My Son Tour with included admission & lunch, knowledgeable guide
Firstly I want to thank Duyen and Hoa for their kindness during my time of need (gastro). Duyen even dropped by her place on the way to My Son so I could get to a WC as soon as possible! Things got better after that for me and I am very glad I went. Duyen and Hoa are locals and are passionate about the history and culture of the Champa people. Very informative. Hoa prepared local food for lunch, which was also very interesting, tasty and relaxing. Highly recommended.
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Enjoying and learning tour of temple ruins of Champa dynasty in Vietnam
amitava_c, May 2022
My Son Sanctuary - small group tour
Punctual, good guide, described ancient history well nice brunch and long boat ride back to hoi an.All in all highly enjoying and learning experience.
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Back in Time
Ramya_V, May 2022
Full-day HOI AN CITY TOUR & MY SON SANCTUARY from DA NANG
We had a gr8 day trip to My Son and Hoi An. Our guide Vin was excellent, friendly and a gr8 conversationalist. He provided all the details necessary for us to understand the history behind the 2 locations. We had ample time to walk thru the ruins at My Son on our own. At Hoi An we did a walking tour of the old town which is ideal since you get to see all the different buildings and shop for souvenirs. The lunch at Hoi An Cafe was also good. A day well spent!
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Incredible trip to Hoi An
Daniela_F, May 2022
Full-day HOI AN CITY TOUR & MY SON SANCTUARY from DA NANG
We had such an amazing experience. Our tour guide was so kind and friendly. He was very knowledgeable about the city and the history of Vietnam. He was patience and waited for us to see all the stores we wanted. Finally, the food was amazing. We had the vegetarian meal and it was delicious.
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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