A short interlude in Indochina tomorrow, revisiting after five years and staying again at the Park Hyatt Saigon, which previously ticked many boxes for an excellent place to rest one's weary. Whether the intervening period has enabled them to maintain the high standards remains to be seen. I expect much else has changed dramatically in a country growing in leaps and bounds. We are flying on Lufthansa, so I hope my recent experience of things German proves a little more satisfactory. Perhaps I should have pumped up the airship instead. News, views and reviews to follow.
In a country whose currency, the dong is not freely convertible, it is wise to carry US dollars. My attempts at trying to purchase some small denomination notes in downtown Bangkok have proved quite frustrating. The incongruously named "Exchange" counters seem only interested in buying foreign currency, and not selling it. And I'm talking about buying the Greenback, not some exotic like the Papua New Guinea Kina. Ding dong merrily on a highway to nowhere.