My Lai Massacre Village is famous for the historic event when its people were cruelly massacred by American troops in 1968. It is a destination that will take you back to the time of Vietnam War. Within one day, visitors to the village can have a wonderful experience in learning more about Vietnam history and seeing the post-war life at this land.
The history of My Lai Massacre Village
On the morning of 16 March 1968, more than 500 unarmed locals in My Lai were slaughtered by US troops. Though it is not the only massacre of the long Vietnam War, it is probably the best-known.
The My Lai memorial site was built in memorization of the locals killed. The village, surrounded by palm trees and rice paddies, is 8km outside of Quang Ngai, 3 hours drive to the south of Hoi An and is not far off National Highway 1 running between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
You’ll probably start the tour in the museum where you’ll be shown a short documentary about the My Lai massacre. My Lai Museum displays images of the massacre and other events during the war. The exhibits are quite similar to those in other war history museums, but the slaughter is emphasized clearly. The House of Evidence provides several documents, photos, objects, etc of this massacre. it has quite a bit of graphic and disturbing images taken by an American photographer on the day of the massacre, but those are essential to really grasp the atrocities carried out that day.
Next you’ll visit the village itself. It was very emotional standing by the ditch where 170 people were savagely murdered. On a whole 504 Vietnamese were murdered that day, in the museum there’s a wall with their names and ages.
You can tour the village to see houses abandoned and war’s remnants left from the massacre as well as the changes in life of local people since then. Statues and recreations of the victims, both humans and animals, have been added to depict the tragic event. There is a simple memorial existing since the 90s to convey the horror of the incident.
Visit to My Lai monument and stories about the past will make you understand more about the wartime of Vietnam as well as the village’s transformation.
Hire a private car to visit My Lai Massacre from Hoi An
My Lai Massacre is 125 km away from Hoi An. Usually it takes 2.5 to 3 hours of transporting between two places. Therefore, you need about one day to travel to and visit My Lai Village.
Full day car rental service Hoi An- My Lai
It is advisable that you join a tour to My Lai with arranged schedule and English speaking guide. A tour often starts at 8am from your hotel to My Lai. Visitors are given time to visit the village and the museum. They often have lunch at local restaurants and head back to Hoi An in the afternoon. As usual, the tour ends at 5pm. The scenery is amazing along the way and the driving in Vietnam is always interesting!
|Hoi An- My Lai- Hoi An||PRICE|
|4 seat car||7 seat car||16 seat car|
Private tour to My Lai
|2 pax||3-5 pax||7- 10 pax|
|Price( USD/ 1 pax)||85$||68$||53$|
Fee includes transport, lunch, entrance fees and water but does not cover insurance or other personal expenses of tourists.
Travel tips to My Lai
- Entrance fee: 10,000 VND
- The real memorial is around 1.5km more in the west (exact coordinate: 15.1765734 / 108.8728692)
- You should read some information about this tragedy before visiting My Son.
- It is not suitable for visitors who do not wish to witness the horror of annihilation.
- You can spend 4 hours there
- Ask to see the video at end of tour in the museum