... Vietnam, particularly, the northen part is more of a trekking/nature dream destination rather than temple hopping. If you find yourself in HCMC, then a trip to Cao Dai Temple is a must. Do make your way to the Mekong Delta for a lovely lovely rural experience.
Surprise, surprise ... no temple hopping? This will be news to a lot of believers, and others.
There are temples all over the place starting, particularly from Ha Noi heading south. If you are a real explorer you will also find a temples as small as large dog houses in Ha Noi.
A few of the more interesting ones include:
Phu Tho Province
Kings Hung Temple
Location: Located on Nghia Linh Mountain, 175 meters by sea level, Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province.
Characteristic: Kings Hung Temple is a complex of majestic architectures that consist of Ha Temple and Thien Quang Pagoda, Gieng Temple, Trung and Thuong temples, and King Hung Tomb.
Quang Ninh Province
An Sinh Temple and Tran Tombs
Location: The temple and tombs of the Tran Dynasty are situated in the An Sinh Commune, Dong Trieu District, Quang Ninh Province.
Characteristics: They are scattered on an area of 20km in radius, dedicated to the eight emperors of the Tran Dynasty.
Thanh Hoa Province
Location: Ho Citadel is situated in Vinh Tien and Vinh Long communes, Vinh Loc District, Thanh Hoa Province, approximately 150 km from Hanoi.
Characteristics: Ho Citadel is also called Tay Do Wall - a rectangle is surrounded by a deep dike.
Pavilion of the constellation of Literature
Location: Pavilion of the Constellation of Literature is in Temple Literature on Van Mieu Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi.
Characteristic: Khue Van Cac, or Pavilion of the Constellation of Literature, was built under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945).
Quan Thanh Temple
Location: Quan Thanh Temple is situated in Quan Thanh Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
Characteristic: Quan Thanh Temple is one of the Four Guards of Old Thang Long. Quan Thanh Temple is an important historical and cultural relic, on a large and beautiful area by West Lake near the northern gate of old Thang Long Capital.
Temple of Literature (Van Mieu)
Location: Temple of Literature is located on Van Mieu Street, 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Characteristic: Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam is a famous historical and cultural relic consisting of the Temple of Literature and Vietnam's first university. The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 in honour of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.
Dak Lak Province
Yang Prong Cham Tower
Location: Yang Prong Cham Tower is in Ea Roc Commune, Ea Sup District, about 100km from Buon Ma Thuot City.
Characteristics: The tower is 9m high, its square base measures 5m each side. Each face of the tower has three masqueraded doors. There is only one door opened to the east. The roof is made of brick heaped upwards the top.
Quang Tri Province
Quang Tri Citadel
Location: Quang Tri Citadel is situated in the central of Quang Tri Town.
Characteristics: Quang Tri Citadel was a military bastion and it was also an administrative head office of Nguyen Dynasty in Quang Tri Province (1809 -1945).
Thua Thien - Hue Province
Dynastic Temple (The Mieu)
Location: Dynastic Temple (The Mieu) is situated southwest of the Hue Citadel and facing south.
Characteristics: It's dedicated to ten Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, built by Emperor Minh Mang in 1821, it presents a 9 - compartment main building and a 11 - compartment front building, together connected in the "double" architecture with two bays on east and west sides.
Hue Temple of Literature
Location: Formerly, various Temple of Literature were built by the Nguyen Lords in the capital and moved to three different places: Trieu Son Village, Luong Quang Village and Long Ho Village.
Characteristic: The Temple of Literature is a worship temple founded by the Nguyen Dynasty to dedicate to celebrated scholars of Confucianism.
Quang Ngai Province
Son My Site
Location: Son My Site is situated in Tu Cung Hamlet, Tinh Khe Commune, Son Tinh District, Quang Ngai Province.
Characteristics: The site was built in memory of the civilians who were killed during the American War. It is located on the land where the American troops cruelly massacred the local people on the morning of 16 March 1968.
Khanh Hoa Province
Am Chua Temple
Location: Am Chua Temple is situated on Dai An Mount in Dien Dien Commune, Dien Khanh District, Khanh Hoa Province.
Characteristic: Am Chua Temple was built long ago to dedicate to Lady Goddess Po Nagar.
Po Nagar Cham Towers
Location: Po Nagar Cham is situated on Cu Lao marble hill, 2km north of Nha Trang, in Khanh Hoa Province.
Characteristic: Po Nagar Cham Towers were built between the 8th and 13th centuries. The largest of the four remaining towers was built in honour of the Goddess Po Nagar, also known as Lady Thien Y Ana or Lady Mother of the Kingdom.
Tay Ninh Province
Cao Dai Great Temple
Location: Cao Dai Great Temple is located in Hoa Thanh District, 5km southeast of Tay Ninh Town.
Characteristics: Cao Dai Great Temple is the cathedral of the Cao Dai religion and is the main attraction in Tay Ninh.
Dong Thap Province
Location: In Communes of My Hoa and Tan Kieu, Thap Muoi District, Dong Thap Province, 43km from Cao Lanh City.
Characteristics: Go Thap Archaeological Area is well known for 5 main relics: Thap Muoi Hill, Co Tu Tower, Binh Kieu Grave, Minh Su Temple, and Ba Chua Xu Temple. Relics in this area bear great cultural and historical value.
Ninh Thuan Province
Po Klong Garai Towers
Location: The Po Klong Garai Towers is located on Trau Hill, approximately 9km northwest of Phan Rang – Thap Cham City near Thap Cham Railway Station in Ninh Thuan Province.
Characteristics: The towers consist of four towers, which remain from a group of six towers constructed in the late 13th century and early 14th century.
Ho Chi Minh City
Giac Lam Pagoda
Location: Giac Lam Pagoda is located at 118 Lac Long Quan Street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Characteristic: It is one of the city’s oldest pagodas with many Buddha statues made of brass and precious timber.
There are hundreds of others in SaiGon and yet hundreds more between Ha Noi and SaiGon