Central Vietnam #3 – My Son Sanctuary

I woke up as early as 4.30 am that day, with the intention of enjoying the sunrise at My Son Sanctuary. Unfortunately it rained heavily that morning. We opted to proceed to My Son as we had already booked the transport. The driver came as scheduled. I tried to sleep along journey but failed to.

At 7am we finally arrived in My Son. It seems like we’re the first one to arrive. The entrance tickets cost us 60,000 dong each. The rain doesn’t show any sign of stopping so we took a tour around the exhibition area nearby the reception area, hoping that the rain will stop soon. However, after nearly an hour, the rain doesn’t show any sign of stopping so we decided to proceed using the umbrellas and our poncho.

the entrance ticket

exhibition area

My Son Sanctuary is listed as one of the UNESCO Heritage sites. It is basically a group of ancient Hindu temples constructed by the kings of Champa. The temple was said to be constructed since the 4th century AD. You can read more of the history in Wikipedia.

Biqque & Family

walking the trail in the rain

the map

Our driver dropped us at the entrance and we had to walk another 5 minutes to get to the old temple area. Getting to the ruins area while holding an umbrella and wearing a poncho was really uninspiring!. Luckily when we arrived at the ruins area, the rain began to slow down, making way for me to snap some photos. The relics were separated into several groups but we only visited group B,C,D & H.

Ruins #1

Ruins #2

Ruins #3

Ruins #4

Ruins #5

Since that it is still early and raining, there were nobody else there, except us. We spend like an hour taking photos and videos there, including the shot of us marching at the ruins area. Some of the ruins are not in good conditions so don’t climb on them. It was said to be damaged during the war. Perhaps some restoration works is needed to be done in order to attract more tourists there. Oh, before we left the area, we bought ourselves a Vietnamese farmer’s hat which we used as a protection from the rain.

Ruins #6

Ruins #7

Ruins #8

Ruins #9

Shahrul with the Vietnamese farmer’s hat

Us with the poncho and hat

If you you’re going to Hoi An, do add this place in your list if you have extra time.

Location Map

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Jeff says:

    I too visited My Son Sanctuary and it was an epic adventure on how I got there…

    While pale in comparison to Angkor and other ancient temples around SEA in term of grandness, My Son has its own uniqueness to it…
    Jeff recently posted..Hoi An – An IntroductionMy Profile

  2. biqque says:

    yeay, u’ve made it! so, next post pls :)

    btw, it would be fabulous if we can explore the site sampai hujung2 belakang tu KALAU tak hujan kan? hmmm…
    biqque recently posted..My Son, Hoi AnMy Profile


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