Hoi An Religious & spiritual activities

Our most recommended Hoi An Religious & spiritual activities

Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

1. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

One of the most stunning sights to see in Hoi An area is My Son, Viet Nam’s most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountain ranges, My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence

From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

2. From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

Tour detail • 7.30 AM -8.15 AM: Pick up at Hoi An hotel center and depart to My son sanctuary • 9.00 AM: Explore My Son • Watch ChamPa dance show • 11.30 AM: Enjoy Quang Noodle • 12.30 PM: Take a cruise trip from My son to Hoi an city • 1.15 PM- 1.30 PM: Hotel drop off Extra charge applied for hotels: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Le Belhamy Hoi An Beach Resort, Vinpearl Resort & Spa Hoi An, hotels near Cua Dai beach, hotels near An Bang Beach area, hotels near Thanh Ha Area, hotels near Tra Que village, hotels located in small alleys, hotels in Cam Thanh Area, and hotels in Cam Nam Area —-> Extra pick up and drop off: 50,000 vnd/ 1 pax/ 2 ways

Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

3. Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An, visit the Son Tra Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, to gain insight into Vietnam's rich history of Buddhism and Hinduism. Then, visit the Lady Buddha statue, the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam, reaching a height of 220 feet (67 meters). Next, visit local stone factories and sculpture shops, before visiting Marble Mountain. Visit the Âm Phủ cave, to take a walk through a re-creation of Buddhist hell. At midday enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with authentic Vietnamese dishes. You'll be transferred back to your hotel around 1:00 PM.

My Son Discovery tour from Da Nang- small group

4. My Son Discovery tour from Da Nang- small group

One of the most stunning sights to see in the Hoi An area is My Son Sanctuary, Vietnam’s most important historical site of the ancient Champa Kingdom. Explore the remains of a series of impressive tower temples that were the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges, My Son was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Tour Detail - 7.30 AM: Pick up at Da Nang center and depart to Hoi An city to join a group. - 8.15 AM: depart to My son sanctuary - 9.00 AM: Explore My Son - Watch ChamPa dance show - 11.30 AM: Enjoy Quang Noodle - 12.30 PM: Depart to Hoi an city - 1.30 PM: Arrive Hoi An city - hoi an old town. - Free time to explore Hoi An old town at your own cost or return to Da Nang city - 5.00 PM: Drop off Da Nang city

Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

5. Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Hoi An then travels the 50 km journey to the captivating Cham temples of My Son Sanctuary. A must-see for history buffs, the sanctuary dates back from the 4th to the 13th century and owes its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the temples and learn about the site's headless statues, whose upper bodies are currently on display behind glass at The Louvre in Paris. Unlike a half-day tour, this full-day experience allows you plenty of time to explore the complex and see everything that the sanctuary has to offer. After your tour of the temple, stop by a local restaurant for a traditional lunch to replenish your energy. Later, enjoy an incredible cultural performance practiced by the Cham people for many centuries. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to your hotel in Hoi An.

Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

6. Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

Your full-day tour will begin with a 50-kilometer ride from Da Nang to the captivating Cham temples of My Son Sanctuary, a must-see area for history buffs. Upon arrival there will be plenty of time to tour the temples and spot headless statues, whose upper bodies are currently behind glass at the Louvre in Paris. You'll then watch a fantastic cultural performance, which has been practiced for several centuries. Unlike a half-day tour, this full-day tour will leave you with ample time to explore around. After exploring the temple site, you will be issued a break to stop for a tasty local lunch. Following your break, you will return back to your Da Nang accommodation.

My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

7. My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel and depart to My Son, one of the most important sites of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges, My Son is one of the most stunning sights to see in Central Vietnam and only around 80 kilometers from Da Nang city. Whilst excavating My Son, letters found revealed that this complex has been used for offerings and worship of the Hindu god since the 4th century. In 1999, Unesco declared My Son a Unesco World Heritage Site. The My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia. Originally built with wood, the temples in My Son were completely destroyed by fire in the 6th century and restored in the 7th century by Sambhuvarman who rebuilt the temples with locally made bricks. Up to the 13th century, more than 70 similar temples were built, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism in the Champa Kingdom.

From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

8. From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience to visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: the ancient Champa Kingdom of My Son, and the ancient town of Hoi An. Begin your guided day trip with hotel pickup from Da Nang and start with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. This fascinating archaeological site was constructed between the 7th and 13th centuries. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, admire the dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries. After exploring this area with your guide, you’ll head to Hoi An to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch.   In the afternoon, discover Hoi An by foot. This historic town, which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries, is now a beautiful city that cannot be missed while touring the Southeast Asian region. While walking through the city, you’ll make a few stops: visit Hoi An’s colorful local market, ancient houses, Assembly Halls, manufacturing workshops, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. You’ll also see local residents raising silkworms and producing silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Da Nang.

Hoi An: Half-Day Guided Walking Tour in a Small Group

9. Hoi An: Half-Day Guided Walking Tour in a Small Group

Exploring Hoi An Ancient Town on foot is one of the best ways to take in the city’s charm. While exploring this small yet beautiful town, tourists and frequent visitors find that it is a place of tranquility and peace. The unique atmosphere here combines elements of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Some of the most remarkable views of the town are from the Ancient Houses. From here, visitors can catch a glimpse of a long-gone past and more subdued and simple time. The tour includes visits to Hoi An Market, Hoi An Museum, many of the town’s renowned Ancient Houses which boast a remarkable architectural style, Assembly Halls of Chinese influence, Art Craft Manufacturing and of course the must-see Japanese Covered Bridge. These spots are considered as typical architecture styles in Hoi An and reflect clearly the cross culture among France, Japan, China and Vietnam. Passing over hundreds of years and withstanding the severity of the weather, Hoi An still exists and keeps the ancient and quiet beauty. Once strolling around the ancient city, you will contemplate the simple and rustic life activities, the trellises of windflowers covering around the houses. It is certain that this tour will bring great moments for you.

From Da Nang: My Son and Marble Mountains Full-day Tour

10. From Da Nang: My Son and Marble Mountains Full-day Tour

We will begin our day trip with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son, which has been designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, there are dozen of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th century. Have lunch at a local restaurant then we will discover Marble Mountains (Vietnamese: Ngu Hanh Son; literally “five elements mountains”) Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the stunning natural caves of the mountain and enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist Pagoda. We will climb up the stone stairs and visit the caves and pagodas as well as admire the beautiful panoramic view. Marble Mountain Linh Ung Pagoda at Marble Mountains has been designated a national historical and cultural site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. We will also visit Am Phu Cave where there is a replica of “Heaven and Hell”, we can listen to the clapping of bats’ wings in the cave, contemplate the mysterious pagodas and the sculpturing village. We finally visit Son Tra Linh Ung Pagoda with the spectacular Son Tra Quan Yin, or Goddess of Mercy statue.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 463 reviews

I had a fantastic private tour around the ancient ruins of My Son with Minh as my guide. I was picked up exactly on time and had a very comfortable journey by car. Minh was very knowledgeable about My Son and he happily answered my many questions about the site. He was very patient when it came to my numerous stops for photos and I was delighted when he suggested I spend some more time exploring the site after the Cultural Show (included in the entrance fee and highly recommended). A really great experience.

My tour guide Nhung was just great, told me a lot and tried really hard, totally responded to me. It was just great that I was traveling with her all alone at my own pace and not in a large group. Personally, I'm not a fan of ruins, but Nhung made the day a super exciting day, during which we also talked about the different cultures. You can tell that she loves to talk about the Cham and at the same time is very interested in other cultures. An all round great trip!

Awesome experience if your looking for a shorter timed day trip. Only 5 hours but you see a ton. Pickup and drop off was super easy and the drives are quick from Da Nang. No negatives but if you don’t like walking up stairs it may not be for you. Lots of steps up to the top of marble mountain but you can also climb through caves to get to the top. That was personally the best part for us. Really enjoyed it and the hosts are great!

Ling, our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and had good sense of humour. As it was rainy season, the site was muddy and very slippery. Watch your steps if you are visiting during rainy season and bring a raincoat (if not, there is a shop that sells it at usd1 at the entrance)

This was well worth the experience. Tin was an amazing tour guide with a lot of information about Vietnam and its history. I would most definitely recommend this to my friends and family.