On a day trip to My Son Sanctuary from Da Nang City you will check a record of the historical development of the Champa Kingdom.
This breath-taking temple complex in central Vietnam is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and attracts visitors from around the world.
With evidence of My Son Sanctuary being a Hindu place of worship since as early as the 4th century, the remarkable architectural progress of more than ten centuries can be observed as you roam the inspiring temple complex.
Here's all you need to know about My Son Sanctuary, one of the most interesting day trips from Da Nang City.
My Son Sanctuary nestles in a valley surrounded by towering mountains to the south of Da Nang City, in the Quang Nam province.
If you prefer to self-drive, you can hire a car from Da Nang Airport. The trip to My Son Sanctuary is roughly 48 kilometers and outside of peak hours will take just over an hour via Coa Toc Da Nang and Quang Ngai (CT01).
You can choose to book a private transfer to my Son Sanctuary if you prefer not to drive, but do not want a guided tour. Private transfers are a comfortable and convenient option.
A daily shuttle bus is available between Da Nang City and the My Son Sanctuary gates. The shuttle departs Da Nang City at 7AM and returns at 11 AM.
With such a rich and ancient history, my Son Sanctuary is best visited on a guided tour. Group and private day trips and tours can be booked, with excursions lasting between four and ten hours.
Entry tickets cost 150,000 VND (US$ 7) for adults and teenagers. On certain significant days, free entry is given to all visitors. Tickets include an electric vehicle transfer from the gates to the temple complex.
If the entry fee is not included in your tour price, you will need to pay this and other personal expenses in cash with Vietnamese currency.
Unless you have booked a sunset tour, most day trips begin in the early morning with a hotel pickup or meeting at a central pickup point.
On the way to my Son Sanctuary, your guide will tell you more about the area and its history and on arrival will assist you with your ticket purchase.
Before taking an electric vehicle up to the temple complex, you will walk through the museum that provides an overview of the history of the sanctuary. You will then, have a few hours to stroll among the ancient temple towers.
Your guide will tell stories of how the towers were built, the Champa Kingdom itself and about the natural disasters and wars that caused many of the towers to be destroyed or severely damaged.
Private and small-group trips travel to My Son Sanctuary. You have a choice between half day or full day excursions, or can opt for a private return transfer and explore the sanctuary complex on your own.
Here is a short description of some of the types of day trips from Da Nang City to My Son Sanctuary:
Half day and full day tours in a small group are a hassle-free and budget-friendly way to visit My Son Sanctuary. Some tours only visit my Son Sanctuary, while others include other attractions in the area.
Minibus transfers are the primary form of travel for small group tours, but some tours also include a journey by boat.
Several tour operators and transfer companies offer private return transfers. Your driver will drop you at My Son Sanctuary and collect you after a few hours.
You can wander through the temple complex on your own or join a scheduled tour offered by the sanctuary.
Private tours to My Son Sanctuary begin with collection from your hotel and a transfer to the gates of the complex.
Your guide will accompany you throughout the excursion and of this World Heritage Site and any other places of interest included in your itinerary.
Small-group guided tours from Da Nang City to My Son Sanctuary start from US$40 per person for a half-day excursion.
Full day tours start from US$50 and range between US$90 and US$180 per person, if other attractions are included.
Private transfers without a guide on a return basis from Da Nang City to My Son Sanctuary cost from US$50 per person with a minimum of two passengers.
A private tour from Da Nang City to My Son Sanctuary starts from US$60 per person for a half day trip and from US$90 per person for full day excursions.
The My Son Sanctuary is an excellent example of the evolution of the Cham style of architecture. The towers within the complex have been built over centuries and each is unique, although they are constructed using the same basic principles.
Each tower has a section representing the mortal world, the spiritual world and the relationship between humans and spirits.
On entry, you can visit the museum and learn about the site’s fascinating history. A traditional Cham dance is performed for visitors in the afternoons.
On a longer day trip you may experience a boat trip, and visit other attractions like Marble Mountain or Ba Na Hills Golden Bridge.
The My Son Sanctuary opens daily at 6:30 AM and closes at 5:30 PM. The sanctuary is open year round including on holidays and Tet.
Sunrise tours provide the perfect lighting for photography and sunset is also a good time for photographs. In March and April the temperatures are the most moderate and least humid.
Yes, there are tours departing from other cities in Vietnam: