The Champa Kingdom, a Hindu civilization existed here from about the 4th century to the 12th century. While many of the buildings were badly damaged during the “American War,” this is a mystical, spiritual place where an appreciation of the culture and architecture of more than 1,000 years past is easy to appreciate. As such, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Look for carvings of animals and other symbols on many of the buildings, and it some places, you’ll see craters remaning from American carpet bombing in 1970. This is a place that will require a lot of time on your feet and walking on a semi-paved trail through the jungle, but the peace and beauty of the place is worth it. The Champa Ruins are often compared to Cambodia’s Angor Wat.
6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Things to Know/Bring
Wear comfortable shoes and do not let children stray off the trail. Signs in many languages warn of the possible remnants of land mines and other explosives from the war. Go early to avoid the heat.
A snack bar offers bottled water and other drinks. Take plenty of water on the trail with you.