After we stayed for the food festival one extra day in HCM, we didn’t have much time left for Mekong Delta. For the first time in Vietnam, we used the local buses. It takes more time but it’s much cheaper. For Ben Tre you can go with a local bus for (5000D) to one of the main stations and then use a bus for 50.000D or 75.000D (this one has ac and drops you wherever you want). We wanted to stay close to the river so we found…

After a great experience of Hindu culture in Sivanada ashram (and more info on the ashram) we decided to visit a Buddhist monastery near Pai, Wat Tam Wua.   How to get to the forest monastery Wat Tam Wua? Take a bus or mini van from the arcade bus station in Chiang Mai or Pai that is going to Mae Hong Son. The driver will know where to stop if you tell them you’re going to Wat Tam Wua in Baan Mae Suya village. Off the bus, the signs will lead…