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

1. 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.

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From Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Early Morning Tour

2. From Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Early Morning Tour

Following early 4:30 AM pick-up from your hotel in Hoi An, travel towards the ancient sanctuary of My Son and enjoy a light lunchbox-style breakfast on the way. Journey back in time upon arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and watch the sunrise over the beautiful countryside. Get the chance to explore the My Son sanctuary before the crowds arrive and enjoy the cooler temperatures of the morning. Watch the sunrise over the countryside of Vietnam before visiting the Hindu sanctuary. Learn more about the ancient Champa Kingdom as you explore the abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples, built between the 4th and 13th century AD. Soak up the amazing views of the lush valleys and surrounding mountains. 

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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.

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From Da Nang: My Son Sanctuary Guided Tour

4. From Da Nang: My Son Sanctuary Guided Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Da Nang in the early morning, and then travel towards the city of Hoi An. Enter the heritage site of the My Son Sanctuary to see the ruins of many temples used for religious ceremonies by the rulers of the Champa kingdom for ten centuries. Considered the foremost example of Hinduism in South East Asia, the temple complex has been ravaged by time and war. Look at the ruins of majestic temples and royal tombs, such as the early temple to King Bhadravarman and the remains of the temple of Sambhu-Bhadresvara constructed by King Sambhuvarman and destroyed by US aerial bombing during the Vietnam War. Return to Hoi An and get some free time to explore the ancient city center before the return journey to Da Nang.

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

5. 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.

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My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

6. 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.

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Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

7. 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.

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From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

8. 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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My Son Sanctuary & Cruise Trip to Countryside - Small Group

9. My Son Sanctuary & Cruise Trip to Countryside - Small Group

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 mountain ranges, My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. You will get to explore the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was once the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. You will also enjoy a lunch of a local delicacy, quang noodle. In the afternoon you will board a cruise and go past Duy Hai fishing village, Tra Nhieu, Kim Bong carpentry village, and Cam Thanh coconut jungle village while having lunch on the boat.

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Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

10. 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.

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What people are saying about My Son Sanctuary

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 246 reviews

Thank you very much to our guide Mike for this wonderful experience! We really enjoyed the bike tour, that gave us the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape and get an impression on the daily life of the locals. The ride was relaxed, with two breaks in very nice local cafes. Of corse My Son was also impressive and it was good to have the guide with us who explained everything and took very nice photos of us :) This tour is a really good alternative to the bus tours, in case you don't want to see only the highlights but the country itself as well. Don't be scared by the distance, the ride is not difficult.

Highly recommend this trip, and it is well worth the early wake up. Be aware sunrise will be seen from the car, however, the highlight of this trip is that you arrive at the park just in time for opening so your group will most likely be the only people there. This means great pics and a tranquil and peaceful tour. Arrive back into Hoi An around 10 to enjoy the rest of your morning and day - perfect

The perfect tour for me, informative thanks to Snow the guide but not too heavy with information. Time to take pictures and the fact we were first to arrive was brilliant. I also have the rest of the day to explore Hoi An, a good tour at a very good price

An excellent tour that was very enjoyable. My Son Sanctuary is very beautiful and it was well worth getting up early in the morning for! Our guide was lovely and so informative. Very highly recommended

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.