Arriving back from Sa Pa to Hanoi on the worst train ride of my life, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then headed to Hanoi Airport and got a flight back to Ho Chi Minh city. By this time we were exhausted but on our travel agenda, was a stop over in Long Xuyen to visit my father and brother. So when arriving to Ho Chi Minh city, we had to catch a 4 hour bus ride to Long Xuyen. I must say the bus we booked was a massive bus with a TV… so I couldn’t complain. But keep in mind its all Viet comedy… so if you don’t understand Vietnamese bring your tablet or mp3 player.
The journey there may have been long but you get to see the scenery and countryside of Vietnam. Nothing crazy but it was just nice to relax on the bus and with the air-conditioning blasting away.
Finally got to Long Xuyen and saw my old man and my brother, it was a joy to see them as I only get to see them once a year. We went straight to the hotel and dropped off all our things and went straight to eat.. Again… In Long Xuyen it was similar to Hanoi, just a calm feeling and a lot of shops. Just catching up with my old man was something that was long time needed.
We tried some new food while we were there…
These are a must try… but you do need a strong stomach, my friend couldn’t take down some of these foods…
Duck fetus: Hột vịt lộn
This is one of Vietnams delicacies and you will see them everywhere. At the start you will just think of it as a chicken egg with the yoke inside. This delicacy is mainly found where all the bars are or at home drinking gathering. What you will notice is it will look like a normal egg, but once you start to crack it open… Be Warned!.. You will get a shock. You will see the full fetus; they would normally have it boiled for around 10 minutes before it can be eaten. What I would recommend if you can’t look at it… just close your eyes and swallow it. You will taste a strange texture but all you need to do is swallow it. After trying it… I must admit it tasted pretty nice; it was sweat and a gutsy food to eat.
Ducks Blood: Tiết canh
The ducks blood on the other hand, if you can’t look at other people bleed I wouldn’t recommend this for you. What they do is cut the ducks neck and pour it on a plate with meats and nuts and then freeze it. The plate looks disgusting but after trying it while your drinking and with prawn crackers… its quiet nice. Very flavorsome and definitely hits the spot while drinking, but don’t drink to the point that you will throw up cause it will not be a pretty site… Trust me.
So after staying in Long Xuyen for a few days, we started to head back to Ho Chi Minh city to go back home to Melbourne. Honestly I was exhausted but I didn’t want to leave as I was having an awesome time with my mate, but every holiday has an end.
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