Remote Sơn Mỹ Memorial, Tịnh Khê, Quảng Ngãi, Vietnam Published on: 17-06-2016
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Why My Lai Village is special ?
My Lai was the setting for one of the most horrific crimes of the American War: a massacre committed by US troops that killed 504 villagers, many of them elderly people and children on 16 March 1968. The deeply poignant Son My Memorial was constructed as a monument to their memory.
The war crime was one of the pivotal moments of the conflict, shaping public perceptions in the USA and across the world. As Life magazine put it, 'the American people reacted to the massacre of My Lai with horror, shame and shock, but also with disbelief'.
What to explore at My Lai Village?
Upon arriving in My Lai - one of the least-developed areas of Vietnam - you will visit the city museum. See displays recounting what occurred, and walk to the site where the violence happened. Afterward, you may have the chance to meet survivors. The road to Son My passes through particularly beautiful countryside: rice paddies, cassava patches and vegetable gardens shaded by casuarinas and eucalyptus trees. However, if you look closely you can still make out the odd bomb crater, and the bare hilltops are testimony to the continuing environmental devastation caused by Agent Orange.
How to get to My Lai Village?
The best way to get to Son My is by motorbike (around 140,000d including waiting time) or regular taxi (about 350,000d return). From Quang Ngai, head north on Ð Quang Trung (Hwy 1) and cross the long bridge over the Tra Khuc River. Take the first right (eastward, parallel to the river) where a triangular concrete stela indicates the way and follow the road for 12km.
Sơn Mỹ Memorial, Tịnh Khê, Quảng Ngãi, Vietnam