The evocative ruins of My Son date from the Cham era and have been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. They lie some 55 kilometres southwest of Hoi An in a bowl of thickly wooded hills. Excavations show that Cham kings were buried here as early as the 4th century AD, although most of the buildings you see today are from several centuries later. There were more than 70 classic Cham monuments at My Son and these were in a remarkably good condition until the late 1960s, when the area was unfortunately a free-fire zone during the Vietnam War. Many of the towers were destroyed or badly damaged during this period. Restoration work is still ongoing.
The visit to My Son from Hoi An takes around 4 hours. Road conditions, especially close to the ruins, are poor.