(mainly temples and towers) built by Cham kings to commemorate important events during their reigns.However, about 20 of these sites were nearly destroyed and many others were partly ruined by aerial bombs during the American war. Only 25 monuments remain intact today and parts of these are deteriorating due to weather conditions and vegetation overgrowth.
Despite this My Son sanctuary is still the finest example of Cham architecture in Viet Nam. It is still unknown how, and by what kind of substance, Cham people could stick these red baked bricks together to form such solid structures. There are high shrine towers with double pillars, solid walls, elaborate carvings and striking sculptures. All reflect the exclusive beauty of Cham culture. There are also many valuable artifacts (mainly sculptures) found in the archaeological site and displayed in the Cham museum in Da Nang city.
While not as extensive as Angkor Wat in Cambodia or Ayutthaya in Thailand, My Son boasts its own charm and glorious history. It is the first inhabited site of Indian Hindu civilization in Southeast Asia.
THANH HA POTTERY VILLAGE AND KIM BONG CARPENTRY VILLAGE:
Historically, Thanh Ha was a thriving village famous for earthenware that was sold in many provinces throughout Central Vietnam. It was Thanh Ha villagers who made the bricks, tiles and floor slabs for the old buildings in Hoi An and the surrounding areas. Nowadays many old buildings in Hoi An need restoring and the villagers are the craftsmen who are employed to recreate the materials needed.
During you time in the village your guide will tell you the history of the village and explain the culture of the community. You will have an opportunity to see these master craftspeople at work and to purchase some of their wares, if you wish.
Almost all Hoi An's ancient architecture was produced by theizr talented ancestors from the Kim Bong carpentry village. The current day carpenters continue to practice these fine skills.
During your time at the village your guide will tell you of the history of the village and explain the many skills the carpenters have. You will have the opportunity to view these master craftsmen at their work and to purchase some of their products if you wish.
A local English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel’s lobby and you will depart for the ancient Cham ruins of My Son. During your time at My Son your guide will tell you of the historic, cultural and religious influences of My Son.
There will also be plenty of time for photos.
After your time at My Son you will be driven to the dock and board a wooden boat for a cruise along Thu Bon River back to Hoi An with either a picnic lunch, or if you are on the afternoon tour, some food including fresh fruit. On the way you will stop at Thanh Ha pottery village and the morning tour will also include Kim Bong carpentry village .
Morning tour departure: 08:00 am and return 03:00 pm.
Afternoon tour departure: 1:30 pm and return 06:00 pm.
Please note: The afternoon tour is not as crowded as the morning tour and it is much easier to take photos and to enjoy the peace of the sanctuary. However, there will not be enough time to go to Kim Bong carpentry village on the afternoon tour.
The tour includes:
Pick up at your hotel at either 8:00 a.m. or 1.30 p.m.
Travel through beautiful countryside to My Son holy land – approximately 1 hour.
Visit My Son – approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Drive from My Son to the dock – approximately 40 minutes.
Lunch or afternoon tea on the boat.
Boat trip along the river from My Son to pottery villages – approximately 30 minutes.
Tour of Thanh Ha Pottery Village – approximately 40 minutes.
Tour of Kim Bong Carpentry Village – approximately 40 minutes for morning tour only.
Return to your hotel approximately 3:00 p.m or 6.00 p.m.
English speaking guide.
Lunch or food including fresh fruit for afternoon tea.
The tour does not include:
Insurance and other personal fees.
Price: 1.500.000 vnd per person (at least 2 people )