My Son Sanctuary is more than just the "beautiful mountain" its namesake describes. These Hindu ruins, which were constructed between the 4th and 13th centuries, pay homage to deities like Vishnu, Krishna and Shiva. Ancient and impressive towers and temples sit upon emerald hills in the Duy Xuyen District of the Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam. Visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage site can wander through eight groups of 71 structures, which some visitors say are less impressive than Cambodia's Siam Reap.
Still, what was once considered the homeland of the Cham people today remains an incredible example of Vietnam's indigenous culture.
Many hotels and hostels coordinate day trips to the park, located about an hour outside Hoi An. My Son is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $5USD to enter. Sunrise tours typically depart the city at 5 a.m., however travelers who arrive later in the day will find fewer visitors in the sanctuary.
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