Discovery >

Modern Legacy of the Kingdom of Champa

July 11, 2013 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , , , ,

In the history of Vietnam you can find different connections with Cambodia. One of them is the Kingdom of Champa whose people fought against the almighty Khmer kingdom (today’s Cambodia).


The Kingdom of Champa originated in Central-South Vietnam with its capital located near Danang. The kingdom stretched west to areas now in modern Cambodia. The people practiced a religion, which was a mix between Hinduism, Buddhism and some influences from Indonesia. Like today, at that time local people made their living from trade and fishing.

In the seventh century, a conflict between the Khmer army and Dai Viet (Northern Vietnamese) was the start of an eight hundred year war. It was a battle in which the Khmer destroyed the Champa Kingdom piece by piece. In 1471 the Cham were defeated and the kingdom only reached as far as Nha Trang.

The temple of My Son – once known as the holy city – near Danang, became abandoned. Nowadays, the main part of the Cham people live between Phan Rang and Phan Thiet and in Chau Doc near the border with Cambodia. The ethnic group of the Cham still speaks its own language and practices its own religious rituals. In Chau Doc, clients can see some Cham floating villages with weavers and a local mosque where Cham children learn the Arabic language.

My Son temple is a must-visit for clients staying in Danang or Hoi An, as are the Cham temples in and around Phan Rang.

Clients visiting the Bayon temple in Cambodia can still witness this rival history as the temple has two well-preserved carvings depicting the battles between Khmer and Champa in detail.

To explore Cham heritage and for more information and bookings, please contact [email protected].

Photo by Andrea Schaffer

Latest post

Change in Myanmar Visa Application Procedure

The Myanmar Travel Agent association announced that a pre-approved tourist visa on arrival will no longer be issued for new applications.

Read More

Join the Party of June Hotels

Khiri Travel’s roundup of new and intriguing hotel options from around the region.

Read More

Khiri Travel Earns Green Accreditation

Khiri Travel has been certified in the Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP) run by Sustainable Travel International. Khiri earned the certification after only two months by satisfying over 20 criteria to meet bronze level certification.

Read More

Relaxing Refuge in Southern Sri Lanka

Here is the ideal spot to take a break from a busy itinerary, to connect with nature, relax and recharge while enjoying excellent Sri Lankan cuisine.

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our B2B newsletters are for industry professionals




*We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time.