My Son is Vietnam's most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa located in Quang Nam Province, 70km southwest of Danang City and 40km away from Hoi An. With its great value, in December 1999, the complex of My Son Cham Towers was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
After the fall of the Champa Kingdom, jungle began to reclaim the site. Yet, time and war together have taken their toll on these relics. Now, only 20 temple-towers remain almost intact. The rest have been reduced to ruins. Though less impressive than the Angkor in Cambodia and less diversified than the Pagan site in Myanma, the ruins at My Son is unique of its kind in Southeast Asia. The gorgeous jungle scenery and special interest in Vietnamese history can make the trip worthwhile.
What to do ?
From the parking area, you will take a Jeep or minivan to the site (about 2km away). Near the ticket office, there is a Champa museum displaying artifacts and the history of the site. You can visit the museum briefly before visiting the temples.
When to go ?
The best time is between February and April, when rainfall is low and temperatures are comfortable. During summer, the temperatures can get hot; during the rainy season, particularly during October and November, it can rain constantly and there is a high probability of flood and typhoons.