The Vietnam war (or the American war) lasting from 1955 to 1975 was one of the darkest periods in the history. So many people lost from both sides, the North Vietnam and the South Vietnam which had the difference in politic. Nowadays, .
One of the best known unhappy memories about this disastrious war is the My Lai massacre (Vietnamese side: Son My massacre). Those who know about it are not only solders, veterans and historians, but also citizens in the United States and other countries. No other bad events about the Vietnam war is documented better than it.
In this article, we outline what travelers need to know about My Lai massacre village. To have a deeper understandings, local guide is suggested in any trips to this site of memory.
Table of content
- 1 About My Lai Massacre Village
- 2 The Son My Memorial in My Lai Massacre Village
- 3 How to Get to My Lai Massacre Village
- 4 Places to Visit Near My Lai Massacre Village
- 5 My Lai Massacre Village on Google Maps
- 6 Related Posts
- 7 Kim Bong Carpentry Village in Cam Kim Island
- 8 Thanh Ha Fish Market: The Nearest Fish Market of Hoi An
- 9 Da Nang International Airport: Terminals, Transfers, More
- 10 The Best Time to Visit Hoi An
- 11 The Bamboo Circus Show (Teh Dar Show) at Hoi An Lune Center
- 12 Cycling in Hoi An: Rental, Where to Cycle and Tours
- 13 Getting from Hue to Hoi An: Which is the Best Way?
- 14 The Official Da Nang Travel Guide [MUST READ]
- 15 Cam Kim Island: The Peaceful Countryside of Hoi An
- 16 Cua Dai Beach: The Famous Beach of Hoi An
- 17 The Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An Old Town
- 18 My Lai Massacre Village (Son My Memorial Site) in Quang Ngai
- 19 Bach Ma National Park: Hiking, Trekking in Da Nang and Hoi An
- 20 Hoi An Wet Season: What to Do in Hoi An When It Rains?
- 21 Thanh Ha Terracotta Park
- 22 Vinwonders Nam Hoi An Theme Park (formerly Vinpearl Nam Hoi An)
- 23 Am Phu Cave Complete Travel Guide
- 24 Hoi An or Hue: Which is Better?
- 25 The Official Hoi An Travel Guide (MUST READ)
- 26 The Hoi An Market (Hoi An Central Market) Complete Guide
- 27 Hoi An Memories Show: The Best of Hoi An Impression Theme Park
- 28 Hoi An Bridge: Famous Bridges in Hoi An
- 29 How to Get From Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary
- 30 Hoi An’s Chinese Assembly Halls and Chinese Temples
- 31 Hoi An Walking Tours: Heritage, Foods, Photography & Locals
- 32 Hoi An Self Guided Walking Tour (Hoi An By Yourself)
- 33 How to Visit Golden Bridge Vietnam
- 34 Unique Experiences in Hoi An and Why?
- 35 An Bang Beach: A Guide to Hoi An’s Best Beach
- 36 Experiences in Hoi An: Get Insight Into Hoi An’s Local Culture
- 37 Things to Do in Ba Na Hills Besides Golden Bridge
- 38 Hoi An Nightlife: What to Do in Hoi An At Night?
- 39 Hoi An Countryside: Villages, Rice Fields & Tours
- 40 How to Get to Golden Bridge From Hoi An
- 41 Hoi An Entrance Fee: Old Town, Golden Bridge, My Son, More
- 42 Hoi An Airport: Everything You Need to Know
- 43 Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride on Hoai River
- 44 Hoi An Private Car and Driver
- 45 What to Do in Hoi An Ancient Town
- 46 Da Nang and Hoi An Itinerary for Visitors Staying Overnight in Hoi An
- 47 Hoi An 3 Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for 3 Days in Hoi An
- 48 Hoi An Free Things to Do: Budget Travel in Hoi An Vietnam
- 49 Hoi An One Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for One Day in Hoi An
- 50 Hoi An Half-Day Tours: Guide to Half Day Trips From Hoi An
- 51 Hoi An Day Tours: A Guide to Best Day Trips From Hoi An
- 52 Hoi An Beach: A Guide to All Beaches in Hoi An Vietnam
- 53 Hoi An Food Specialties
- 54 How to Get From Hoi An to Da Nang
- 55 Hoi An Cheap Things to Do: All Solo Travelers Need to Know
- 56 Hoi An Best Things To Do: Recommendations from Local Experts
- 57 Hoi An Things to Do: All What Can You Do in Hoi An Vietnam
- 58 Hoi An Things Not to Miss: A Guide to Must Do in Hoi An
- 59 Hoi An or Da Nang: Which is Better?
- 60 Hoi An Pottery Village: A Guide to Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- 61 Hoi An Ancient Town Tour
- 62 Hoi An Old Town Ticket: Price, Sellers, Included Sites, More
- 63 My Son Sanctuary Tour
- 64 Hoi An Lanterns: Festival, Making Class, Where to Buy, More
- 65 Hoi An Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Hoi An
- 66 Hoi An Weather by Month: Guide to Hoi An Monthly Weather
- 67 Hoi An River Cruise: Guide to The Best Boat Tour in Hoi An
- 68 Hoi An Old Town Boats: Guide to Boat Rides in Hoi An Town
- 69 Hoi An 2 Day Itinerary: Traveler Guide to 2 Days in Hoi An
- 70 Cham Island Hoi An
- 71 Hoi An Basket Boat Ride
- 72 Hoi An Coconut Village: A Guide to Cam Thanh Coconut Village
- 73 Hoi An Cham Temples: My Son Sanctuary & Quang Nam Temples
- 74 How to Get from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An
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- 76 Hoi An Tour Guide: How to Find a Private Tour Guide in Hoi An
- 77 Hoi An Ancient Town Attractions
- 78 Hoi An Old Town Map
- 79 Tra Que Vegetable Village
- 80 Hoi An Lantern Festival
- 81 Hoi An Night Market: A Thing to Do in Hoi An at Night
- 82 My Son Sanctuary Travel Guide
- 83 Hoi An Old Town Unesco World Heritage – Hoi An Travel Guide
- 84 Featured Tours and Experiences
- 84.0.1 Da Nang Day Trip from Hoi An with Local Food Lunch
- 84.0.2 Da Nang Night Tour from Hoi An with Local Food Dinner
- 84.0.3 Hue to Hoi An Private Car Transfer with Sightseeing (and Vice Versa)
- 84.0.4 Hue to Hoi An Motorbike Tour (and Vice Versa)
- 84.0.5 Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour from Hoi An or Da Nang
- 84.0.6 Full Day My Lai Massacre Tour with Lunch
- 84.0.7 Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills Night Tour
- 84.0.8 Golden Hands Bridge Tour In Sunrise or Sunset (1/2 Day)
- 84.0.9 Cam Kim Island Bicycle Tour From Hoi An
- 84.0.10 Cham Island Tour From Hoi An (Group Tour)
- 84.0.11 Cham Island Tour From Da Nang (Group Tour)
- 84.0.12 Hoi An Vegetarian Food Tour
- 84.0.13 Hoi An Evening Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 84.0.14 Private Hoi An Basket Boat Tour (Shuttle Bus, Bicycle, Bike)
- 84.0.15 Half-day Am Phu Cave Tour (Private)
- 84.0.16 Hoi An Countryside Tour (Bicycle, Car, Electric Shuttle)
- 84.0.17 Da Nang Tour Package From Singapore
- 84.0.18 Hoi An Evening Tour From Da Nang
- 84.0.19 Hoi An Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 84.0.20 My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Old Town Tour with Thu Bon River Cruise
- 84.0.21 My Son Day Trip From Hoi An including Marble Mountains and Basket Boat
- 84.0.22 Half Day Hoi An City Tour With River Cruise
- 84.0.23 Son Tra Peninsula Tour with Marble Mountains (Private/Small Group)
- 84.0.24 Hue Day Trip From Hoi An with Hai Van Pass, River Cruise & Lunch
- 84.0.25 Hoi An Ancient Town and Countryside Tour (Bests of Hoi An Tour)
- 84.0.26 Hoi An Tour From Da Nang Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 84.0.27 Hoi An Day Trip From Da Nang (Marble Mountains, Basket Boat, Old Town)
- 84.0.28 Da Nang City Tour From Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 84.0.29 Hoi An City Tour with Lantern Class, Lantern Boat, Night Market & Local Food Sampling
- 84.0.30 Marble Mountains, Basket Boat Ride & Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
- 84.0.31 Marble Mountains & Golden Bridge Day Tour with Buffet Lunch
- 84.0.32 Marble Mountains & Monkey Mountain Tour (Half-day, Private)
- 84.0.33 Private Golden Bridge Sunrise Tour (Half-day, Optional Lunch)
- 84.0.34 Hoi An Ancient Town & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 84.0.35 My Son Sanctuary & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 84.0.36 Private My Son Sanctuary Sunrise or Sunset Tour
- 84.0.37 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Countryside Experience With Local
- 84.0.38 Full Day My Son Sanctuary & Hoi An Countryside Tour With Local
- 84.0.39 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Coconut Village Experience
- 84.0.40 Son Tra Peninsula, Marble Mountains and Hoi An City Tour
About My Lai Massacre Village
My Lai village (Vietnamese side: Son My village) is a village in Quang Ngai province, south of Vietnam. It’s known by the world after the massacre happened on 16th March 1968. This mass murder was committed by the United States army and caused the death of 504 innocent persons (mostly women, children, elders according to North Vietnam side). On the military map of the anti-communists, it’s titled ‘the Pink vilage’ because lots of Vietcong might be here.
The photographs which revealed what happened in My Lai massacre are taken by Ronald L.Haeberle, an American combat photographer at that time. Before decided to be in the village, he felt that something would occur. Following the publishment of his photos, peace lovers around the United States and the world shocked, and asked for the justice of killings. A court was organized and those who led the operation, were jailed. For that reason, My Lai massacre is the best known, best documented event in the Vietnam war.
Eight years after the massacre and the Unification day of Vietnam in 1975, the My Lai massacre memorial (officially the Son My memorial) was established. On April 1979, it became a national historical monument, and one of the most important places about the American war. Its sister is the Hiroshima memorial park in Japan that was associated to world’s first nuclear bomb explosion.
The Son My Memorial in My Lai Massacre Village
Son My memorial (Khu chung tich Son My in Vietnamese) opens from 7 am to 5 pm everyday.
Adults will pay 20,000 VND for Son My memorial entrance fee.
What to See in the Son My Memorial
After buying the tickets, visitors will come to the Museum first. Here, the name of 504 persons killed are written on a wall. Many kids had no name yet, and many families had nobody left. Around the room, a map about the area where the village is located, photos taken by the American photographer – Ronald L.Haeberle, personal belonggings of the victims, and more are exhibited.
Behind the museum, there is the memorial statue depecting 6 persons: a women holding a kid on one of her arms and the another rising to struggle, a lady embracing a men (husband or father), and a man covering a kid to protect him/her. Not far way, the Temple where all victims have been worshipping and a solemn commemoration takes places on every 16th March.
To the left of the memorial buildings, there are remains left from My Lai village after the massacre and the Vietnam war. To go from a place to another, visitors will walk on paths with footprints. The ones with boots (shoes) are American solders, and bare foots belong to people in the village.
Around the preserved My Lai village, visitors can see a ditch where many villagers were pushed down and then shot, rice fields with farmer and buffalo, tombs, banana and pomelo gardens, a burnt Buddhist temple and reconstructed houses. Inside thatched roof houses, how the daily life of local people is shown.
By the ticket booth, there is a store selling cold drinks and snacks.
How to Get to My Lai Massacre Village
Where is My Lai Massacre Village?
My Lai village (Son My village) today is in Tinh Khe commune, Quang Ngai city (formerly Son Tinh district). From 1955 to 1975, under the administation of the Republic of Vietnam, it’s in Son My commune, Son Tinh district. The distance from Quang Ngai city centre to My Lai village is 11 km.
From Hoi An to My Lai Village
The distance from Hoi An to My Lai village is 114 km (quite same to the distance from Hoi An to Hue city). For that reason, tourists usually have a private car to get there, and the price is from 1,500,000 VND for a roundtrip. It will be more expensive if go to My Lai village from Hoi An by Da Nang – Quang Ngai expressway. The drive is around 2,5 hours each way. Text us in whatsapp number +84968009827 to ask for more details and make a reservation.
The best route for motorbike is the coastal road. Travelers have to come to Cua Dai bridge first, and then go across and keep riding straight ahead until Tam Ky city. Here, please find QL1A highway and follow it to Truong Quang Trong ward of Quang Ngai city. When see QL24B highway, turn left and it’s needed to ride for more 8 kilometers. The Son My memorial lies on the left hand side.
From Da Nang to My Lai Village
From the Dragon bridge in the heart of Da Nang city to My Lai village, the drive is 155 km long. Traveling by a private car is the best option, and the cost starts from 1,700,000 VND for two ways. If prefer the expressway to common highways, this price will be more expensive a little bit. It takes travelers around 3 hours to get from the hotel in Da Nang to the village, and another 3 to return. Read our article Da Nang private car and driver to know our tips and advices.
Places to Visit Near My Lai Massacre Village
My Khe Beach
My Khe beach of Quang Ngai is 2,5 km east of My Lai village. It’s a lengthy stretch of white sand between a peninsula and the estuary of Tra Khuc river.
Truong Dinh Temple
Truong Dinh, the leader of an up-rising against French colonists, was borned in 1820 in a village close to My Lai massacre village. A temple is built to commemorate him in 2007, with many artifacts, pictures and information.
Thien An Mountain
This mountain is symbolic to Quang Ngai city and the greater province, besides Tra Khuc river. At its top, 106 meters above sea level, there is Thien An pagoda built in late 17th century. In the surroundings, stupas where the monks are buried, stand around in the middle of shaded trees.
Near the Buddhist temple, tomb of Huynh Thuc Khang was constructed in 1947. He was the acting president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1946, and previously, an anti-colonial activist and journalist.
The road up to the temple is 7 km away from My Lai massacre memorial, towards the city.