Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos
Explore the My Son Ruins

Explore the My Son Ruins

The most significant remnant of the once-powerful Cham Dynasty can be found at My Son, a short drive from Hoi An.

Head out of Hoi An to explore the former capital and religious centre of the ancient Champa Kingdom: My Son. Here, 40 km southwest of Hoi An, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dotted through a lush green valley, dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries.

Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999, My Son is the cultural highlight of central Vietnam and well worth the hour's drive from town. On the way back to Hoi An, stop to visit Tra Kieu, formerly known as Simhapura or the Lion Citadel, the capital of Champa between the 4th and 8th centuries. Some of the finest sculptures in Danang's Cham Museum originated from here. 

If you're feeling particularly active, My Son can also be reached by bike from Hoi An.

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Explore the My Son Ruins

located in Hoi An

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