Left Vietnam on the last day permitted by my visa. The time passed quickly. Bangkok is easy to reach from anywhere in Asia, and I like it, so I’ll be spending a few days here.

Although I have seen Bangkok Grand Palace before, it’s been a long time so I spent a few hours there, early in the morning before the tourist buses descend on it like locusts. Since the palace is used by the king on various occasions, it’s run by the army. Not just security but everything, including selling ice cream, in proper uniforms. In a few places they have separate shoe racks for foreigners and Thais. The whole place is restored with such perfection that it feels a little sterile.