Student tour and the starlight bridge

For a small fee of $9/person a university student will pick you up from your hotel on their motor bike and drive you wherever you want to go for 3-4 hours. Since we had done a lot of things by this point we thought it would be fun to try some more obscure street food. We started with some spicy partially developed quail fetuses. They were only about a teaspoon in size and had no bones or feathers. This was one of our more favorite things we ate that night surprisingly. I wish I could remember the Vietnamese name, but it was quite delicious. It just goes to show you that if you step outside your box you might surprise yourself. At the same place we also had Vietnamese pizza which is grilled rice paper with all sorts of toppings. This was also quite delicious. Last we had some spring rolls that were quite bland after eating the quail eggs.

The next place that we went to was the flower market and little Cambodia. There were lots of beautiful flower arrangements with all fresh flowers apparently from Dalat. We had some wonderful noodles here as well as some Cambodian sweet soup (coconut milk with ice and jellies), barbecued bananas, and banana sticky rice that were not as tasty.

The last place we went to was the starlight bridge. This bridge has a waterfall with colorful changing LED lights behind it creating this beautiful effect. As soon as we got to this area in district 7 we could tell it was more upscale. The lake near the bridge is in a semicircle and people were walking all around. There were people selling drinks and ice cream and everyone seemed to be having a good time. We were there a few days before Christmas so there was a little concert on the other side of the lake playing Christmas music. It seemed like a fairly young, affluent, hip environment. There were lots of couples and young families. The air conditioned restaurants below the posh apartments were full of socialites. It was an interesting area of Vietnam to see.

The student tour was a great way to get around and see the city by motor bike. They knew more English then the taxi drivers and were excited to communicate with us. It was definitely worth the money.

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