Hoi An

My Son Adventure

86 reviews
Experience by
Team Onetrip

The Experience

If you're into history, visiting My Son is the ultimate melting pot of ancient Champa history mixed with the modern Remnants of the American war. My Son Sanctuary is the most important Hindu temple complexes in all of Southeast Asia built by the Champa Kingdom from the 2nd to 14th century in central Vietnam.

On two wheels, or four, we’ll head towards the beautiful countryside filled with paddies and river crossings to experience local life that you can only feel in person. History, religion, culture…and of course, FOOD, we've got you covered.


Detailed itinerary

7:00 AM FOR MOTORCYCLE / 7:30 AM FOR PRIVATE CAR AND SHARED MINI VAN

We start early in the morning to enjoy the cool breeze in the town. We’ll go through a local market at its busiest time of the day before taking a ferry across the river, giving you a lovely view of Hoi An from a distance. On the other side is Kim Bong village, known for boat building and carpentry. We'll also get a glimpse of how strawmats are made.

If you choose the car tour option, you will get to head to a traditional pottery village that has been there for 500 years instead. The car can not squeeze through the tiny village alleyways, however we've come up with stop that is just as exciting.

On the way to My Son, we will stop by a bronze casting village where the locals transform bullet shells into musical instruments. We will stop for a home-cook meal before continuing to My Son Sanctuary.

At the Sanctuary, we’ll witness these magnificent thousand year old Hindu temples that continues to puzzle researchers as to how they were able to survive the harsh weather in this region for such a long time. You will also learn more about Hinduism, which shaped the art and culture of the lost civilization for centuries. We'll arrive back at your accommodation around 4:00 - 5:00 PM.


All-inclusive

Breakfast, drinks, entrance fee, and an awesome local lunch are included.


Important

Although the private car option is available, we recommend taking the motorcycle option as we think it is the best way to experience our Vietnamese culture. On a bike, we can stop whenever and wherever you want. The freedom is incomparable to anything else you've ever experienced.

For those with back problems or family with elderly or young children, then we recommend the private car option. Although, we have had a courageous 6-year old having a blast, loving every bit of the adventure.

We also have a minivan group tour option which can have up to 12 guests for a more social experience.

Please note that there is a 30% cancellation fee for any cancellation made less than 24 hours prior to the tour date since we have to book many services in advance. Otherwise, there is a 5% transaction fee for bookings that are canceled 24 hours prior to the departure in order to cover for transaction processing costs.


86 reviews

5.0

I've done 3 tours with Onetrip to date: secret waterfall with Bryan, My Son adventure with Vinh, and Hoi An to Hue over Hai Van Pass again with Bryan. This review won't really focus on the content of each tour, but the overall experience. Each one of these comes with it's own charm, but the positives can easily be identified across all three. Firstly, how the tour is put together. It starts with local food and drink, which immediately opens the door for some cultural exchange. It also includes a local lunch, which lets you experience Vietnamese home life even further.Secondly, all tours include a visit to local families/workshops that do some traditional craft, like pottery, bronze casting, straw mat or lantern making or traditional fish sauce production. It's not only a great experience, but even more special because you don't visit the tourist traps but actual local people that share their stories. It's also clear that the guides have great relationships with these people, since they are welcomed like the proverbial prodigal son every time.Thirdly, the guides. They are knowledgeable, skilled drivers, speak good English and are good conversationalists, and are accommodating in every way possible. They know their routes, know their host families (for lack of a better word) and make you feel immediately comfortable when they pick you up. As a plus, they also take great pictures for you ;) Maybe I just struck it lucky, but I can truly say I've made friends with them as they are just good people. Lastly, the pace of the tour is dictated by you. Since there's a one to one guide/tourist/bike ratio, you can adapt an mold the plans for they day according to you alone. The guides are happy to extend certain activities or swop some things around based on your request, the weather circumstances, etc. They have enough experience and knowledge of their itineraries that they're still able to fit everything in.Onetrip is an awesome way to experience not just main attractions, but also true local life. It might be more expensive than other companies, but you absolutely get every dong's worth. You won't regret going with them.


I did 3 Onetrip tours last week but this review will focus on the My Son tour. I had Bryan (Vietnamese name Bach) as my guide and he is the quintessential professional; knowledgeable, fun, decisive and friendly.We started with a delicious Bun Rieu breakfast and Vietnamese coffee at a local eatery. Next off we visited a master craftsman who makes instruments for ethnic minorities. The motorbike ride was super fun through the countryside and rice paddy fields.At this time Bach could tell it was going to be a hot day (36 degrees) and so he made a captain’s call by bringing forward the My Son visit earlier to avoid the searing temperatures in the afternoon. I applaud his decisiveness and his expertise and experience cafe through in flying colours, so that’s where we went to next. We spent around 2 hours there which was more than enough. I highly recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent at this point. The temples here are amazing as you can see in the photos and Bach knew his stuff when explaining the history of the Champa civilisation.After the tour we had lunch (I didn’t eat much to be honest, food was great but I just needed the time for recovery via the hammock) and then we grabbed a banh mi and coconut drink on the roadside before the final stop of the day, a local family that specialises in making straw bed mats. This stop was such a pleasure and a highlight in my entire Vietnam trip; the family were so hospitable and to spend some time seeing their daily life was a humbling experience. I tried talking to them in my crappy Vietnamese with the side of my iPhone and we had a good laugh at it while having some sweet potato and tea as the sunset. I will remember the 98 year old beautiful grandma as she was in great spirits and assisted her in making a straw mat.Overall this tour is one that will live long in the memory. Bach is one of the best tour guides I have ever had and his commitment to bringing a memorable tour experience is second to none. I hope to have him again as a tour guide when in Hoi An. In comparison, this tour was the most adventurous but exhausting, the Waterfall tour with Thinh is less touristy, requires a hike but the breakfast I had (chao vit) in Hoi An market was the best dish I had in Vietnam. But the waterfall is stunning and I enjoyed the place where they make lanterns. The Countryside tour is the shortest tour but easily the most relaxing. Thu was my tour guide and she is bubbly, full of fun and a great conversationalist. The bike ride is very relaxing especially in the afternoon as the temperature drops and the home cooked dinner was 5 stars. The only regret I had was not doing Onetrip’s food tour! But there’s always a next time. Highly recommend all three!


I’m not sure where to start with my review of our day trip out with this wonderful company. Our guides were kind, friendly and fun to be with. They were knowledgeable, listened carefully, were organised and went out of their way to make sure we had a good day. Their photos of us enjoying our day were an added bonus and very professional too! This is definitely a trip for those seeking a more genuine experience. We got to see sights and visit places in and around Hoi’an that we absolutely would not have found without some local insight and this was invaluable. Usually I’m happy to hire a bike and go it alone, these guys totally changed my mind about that. We ate some amazing food, visited some beautiful people and places and to top it off loaded the motorcycles onto a boat and enjoyed a sunset river ride back. I wholeheartedly recommend you book a trip too. You won’t regret it.


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