My Son Sanctuary Guide: Explore Ancient Cham Ruins Vietnam
Listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site, My Son sanctuary in Vietnam is a must-visit destination if you’re interested in learning about ancient history.
In this article, you will find all the information that you need to know about My Son sanctuary, including tips to get there, ticket price, opening hours, My Son sanctuary tour and more.
Before you go to My Son Sanctuary
Here are some quick links and necessary information you should know:
Where to stay: You can stay in either Hoi An or Da Nang and take a day trip to My Son sanctuary the next day.
My Son day tour: Klook offers excellent My Son sanctuary tours from Hoi An. You can pick My Son sunrise tour or the afternoon one.
What to read: Lonely Planet has great books on this ancient Cham temple site.
Travel insurance: I’d recommend buying travel insurance when traveling abroad. You can check more information here.
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About My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary is a complex consisting of various ancient Cham temples in a valley with a diameter of about 2 km, surrounded by hills and mountains.
My Son was a place to perform rituals and worship, confirming the spirits of the reign of the Cham Kings and commemorating the victory and great conquests.
Although the time and war destroyed these relics heavily, what remains in My Son still plays an extremely important role in the historical and cultural of the world.
What time does My Son Sanctuary open?
My Son Sanctuary opens from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm (all days of the year, including holidays and Tet).
However, the best time to visit My Son sanctuary is in the early morning. Because only then, you’ll be impressed by how the valley is awakening in the sun with the shadows of the tilted tower against the grass.
How much time do you need to spend at My Son Sanctuary?
As the sanctuary is quite large, you will need 2 to 3 hours to explore the area.
Where is My Son Sanctuary located?
The World Cultural Heritage Site of My Son Sanctuary is located in Duy Phu commune, Duy Xuyen district, Quang Nam province, Vietnam.
My Son is 45 km from Hoi An Ancient Town Cultural Heritage, and 68 km from Da Nang city. The conservation has a total area of 1158 ha.
How to get to My Son Sanctuary from Hoi An?
Bike or Car from Hoi An to My Son
Getting to My Son by scooter is an easy task. From Hoi An, you follow Tran Hung Dao street to Hung Vuong street.
After crossing Vinh Dien river, turn left to Tran Quy Cap street and go straight until turn left again at Quang Trung street.
There will be signs to guide you to My Son, and you will see some travelers driving on the way as well.
You can take bus number 06 to go from Da Nang to My Son:
Route length: Da Nang – My Son route is over 60km
Operating time: From 5:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. There’s one bus every 30 minutes.
Ticket price: 30,000 VND
Bike or Car from Da Nang to My Son
You can follow the National Highway 1 to the south to Nam Phuoc town (about 39km), then turn west on Route 537 about 9km to Tra Kieu.
From Tra Kieu, you continue 12km further when you reach the fork, turn left under the instruction board, then go 9km further to My Son.
When reaching My Son, continue on the mountain road for about 5 minutes.
My Son Sanctuary entrance fee
The ticket price for My Son sanctuary is 150,000 VND per person. This fee includes the 2-km trip by electric car to the center of My Son and art performance.
However, the ticket price does not include the tour guide. I strongly advise to hire a tour guide to fully understand the place, otherwise, you will just wander around understanding nothing.
My Son Sanctuary map
Below is the map of My Son site.
You can see the sign of the electric car that you take you to the My Son relics. Start exploring from the temple K and continue to the complex N, F, E, G. The complex A and BCD are large and have more things to see.
Things to see in My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary Museum
I would recommend visiting My Son Museum before entering the temple complex.
As My Son Museum provides general information about My Son relics and culture, you will be able to spot important relics and understand more about the history and temple structure.
The halt hut
There’s a resting house on the way from the gate to My Son relic area
The temple complex
The sanctuary includes different towers. Each of them has a main tower called kalan and many smaller sub-towers surrounding it.
The towers in My Son Sanctuary have different appearances, and each one has a sacred meaning about culture as well as a particular religion.
The main temples in My Son Sanctuary worship a set of Linga or the statue of Siva God who is the supreme guardian of the kings of the Champa family.
The sub-temples and shrines are places to store sacrifices and for people to come to the ceremony.
Wandering around My Son Sanctuary, you can see lots of ruins and items. You can spot many statues of Siva gods, Nadin cow gods, or Linga and Yoni.
Some towers are only the ruins awaiting restoration and excavation.
There are some exhibitions in the temples. You can see the bombs that were dropped during the Vietnam War.
The statues & decoration
Visiting My Son temples, you can see that the art and architecture of the temple layout are clearly influenced by the Indian temple style.
The temples in My Son are made of red bricks. Decorative carvings have been cut directly into the bricks.
Is My Son Sanctuary worth visiting?
Especially if you’re visiting Hoi An or Da Nang, you should spend one day exploring this ancient Cham ruins.
My Son Sanctuary restaurant
There are a few restaurants at the entrance of My Son, and they offer free parking as well.
You can also find some eateries in the towns nearby. We stopped at a random place on the street and it was tasty.
What to pack for My Son sanctuary?
My Son sanctuary dress code
As you visit a holy place, I would recommend covering your shoulder and knee.
You should bring a hat, jacket, and suncream because there’re not many shadows and trees in the area.
Also, bring water and snack with you as well. There’s no place selling these items when you enter the complex.