My Son tour from Hoi An
Destinations Featured Hoi An Vietnam

My Son Tour from Hoi An

Taking a My Son Tour from Hoi An is a must when in Vietnam. The World Heritage site is easily accessible from Hoi An and provides a small window into life in the Champa kingdom. The Hindu temples you’ll see in My Son were commissioned by the Champa kings and mainly date to between the 4th and 14th centuries. However, the site has been inhabited since the 4th century and is thought to be the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. So, as a history nerd I had to make sure I saw My Son while we were in Vietnam.

My Son tour from Hoi An

While not a part of our G Adventures tour itinerary, it was super easy to arrange a visit through our hotel. We were picked up by a guide and driver who began the drive of around 1 hour to the temple complex. On the way our guide started telling us about the history of the site and also his own history. He had worked with American troops during the war and had many fascinating stories to tell. He would always reach a moment of suspense and then tell us he had to explain something new about the temples.

My Son tour from Hoi An

Men working on restoring one of the buildings

My Son was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999 and it is still being restored. The sad thing is that what you will see is only a small fraction of what was there just over a hundred years previously. The area was heavily bombed during the Vietnam war and there are still plenty of bomb craters dotted through the landscape that you can see. Yet, the area now seems so tranquil that I would never have noticed them had our guide not been there to point them out.

My Son tour from Hoi An

Bomb crater in front of one of the temples

I highly recommend taking a My Son tour in the afternoon as we did since most of the tourists are gone by 2pm. It’s great to be able to experience the site in peace and quiet. The only issue with this is that it was over 40 degrees when we were there and we were definitely struggling with that. Our guide did his best to find us shady spots to sit and listen to his tales, though. The way he drew out the story of his experiences during the war kept us enthralled despite how sweaty we were all becoming. We became very nervous for the ‘characters’ involved at several points and felt physically relieved to learn everyone came out relatively safely.

My Son tour from Hoi An

After finishing our explorations we stopped at a cafe outside the ticketing office to enjoy an iceblock and cool ourselves down.

My Son Tour from Hoi An: Practicalities

Your hotel or guesthouse will most likely be able to arrange this for you – we paid $30 each for entrance to the site, transport and guiding.

The drive from Hoi An to My Son takes around a hour so the time you are out of Hoi An will depend on how long you want to spend at My Son. We spent just over an hour there and could easily have stayed longer if we weren’t so hot.

My Son tour from Hoi An

You Might Also Like...

  • Sarah
    April 2, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Nice to see you’re travel blogging again Emma! I’ve only been to Northern Vietnam and fully intend to return and see more as well as Cambodia. I kind of ‘collect’ UNESCO World Heritage sites and $30 sounds really reasonable for this trip. Nice to see it’s tranquil and not busy with tourists but 40 degrees is crazy hot!
    Sarah recently posted…Visiting Vatican City – a place that inspiredMy Profile

    • Emma Gorowski
      April 2, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Yes, definitely want to see Cambodia. Some people we were travelling with were headed there and rave about it. Haha me too with the UNESCO sites if there’s anything nearby I have to get there. There are a couple in Vietnam we missed as well, so have to go back! Yea, I think it can get busier in the mornings but yea, it’s a toss up – I struggle at home when in Hawkes Bay when it’s about 30 so am kind of surprised I survived.