After reading so many entertaining and informative trip reports I thought it was only fair to write one of my own. I am not as articulate as Mangy and I do not drink alcohol like Savy but despite these setbacks I hope that this report will still be of interest to those who read it. To start this off a bit of background about the trip. My main objective of this vacation is to visit my brother and his wife who live in Ho Chi Minh City or to those frequent flyers amongst us SGN (I will stick to this format as it is shorter). My brother is the General Manager of KOTO Saigon, this is a not for profit restaurant and vocational training program that is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. He has always worked in or managed 5 star hotels so this is a bit of a change for him. No more heavily discounted or free hotel rooms and suites for me . But this is a great charity and helps the youths and I believe the tourism industry in Vietnam. I was originally supposed to leave on Friday but now I have to attend a "conference" at the Gold Coast (OOL) on the Saturday so I am now flying to SGN on Sunday morning. At least there was no problem changing my flight. All my flights except the domestic legs were purchased with points, the domestic ones were so heavily discounted it was far easier to just pay for them and save the points for another day. My departure airport is Rockhampton (ROK) and as there is no flight to the Gold Coast the flight is to the Brisbane (BNE) then a rental car for the rest of the trip. For two people it worked out far cheaper to hire a car than catch a train, bus or taxi. Enough ramblings let's get this report started. My first flight from Rockhampton to Brisbane is on a Qantas Dash 8, they are usually strict with the 7kg hand luggage so I weigh mine before I go. It used to be only 4kg which was ridiculous but at least then it was not weighed. I left from home at eight o'clock as we have a forty minute drive to the airport. It is going to be a long day, my alarm woke me up at the usual time of 3.40am as I had to do a bit of work before I leave. I think it is worth a mention that my wife is only a bit late which is not always the case. This trip we have pretty heavy suitcases as I am taking a few gifts for my brother and the students at Koto. I have books, koala key rings and two cartons of Caramello Koalas, at least being a QP member I have a 32kg allowance. I had checked in online so it was pretty smooth once we got to the airport, after dropping our bags off it was off to the Qantas Club for some of their awful coffee. Mrs Chimpy always buys.a cappuccino to take in, half the time the time there is no coffee in the lounge anyway. Here is a photo of the Qantas Club lounge in Rockhampton it is only small but as it it only a small airport we are lucky to have one at all. MilePoint in the ROK Lounge Today the airport is a hive of activity, there is a joint military exercise in Central Queensland between Australia and United States at the moment (Exercise Talisman Sabre). Apparently it is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. As some of you might be aware from reading my posts here I quite like my gadgets. For this trip I bought myself a new phone for travel. I needed one that would not cost the earth but still have everything I need while on holiday. After quite a bit of research I thought I would go for an android one. If anyone is after an android phone and do not want or are not sure how to root, flash a new rom or upgrade the software make sure you get at least android 2.2 (Froyo). One of the great things with Froyo is it has in the settings the option to turn the phone into a mobile hot spot. If you are like me who has a Galaxy tab (wifi only) in his/her pocket you can't go wrong. You will also need a local pre paid sim at your destination with a good data plan. My brother has already purchased me a Viettel sim with 3 gb of data for aprox. $9 AUD. That is for a month, which is more than enough. I opened an account with voipbuster yesterday (without buying credits) to use with this phone. The android app is MobileVoip, with this setup using either wifi or a good data plan I can make free calls to Land Line phones in over 30 countries including Australia, the US and Canada. After a few test calls I have found a bit of a lag but as the calls are free I can live with it. I have also loaded on my Flight Track Pro, Tripit and Skype. Getting back to the phone, I finally went with the Huawei U8150 Ideos. It cost me $120 AUD for an unlocked one without a contract which I thought was a reasonable price. Another thing to look for in a phone is GPS, this can come in quite handy while traveling overseas. I am getting a bit side-tracked which is not a good sign this early in the report so let's get back to it. The plane ended up being about an hour late departing, at least I don't have to catch a connecting flight. The flight was very pleasant. As I boarded the flight attendant said welcome back Mr Chimpy, that is the second flight in a row that I have had a proper welcome, it is getting back to how it used to be. After taking off they came around with refreshments, again this was a pleasant surprise instead of half filling the snack box with a cup of water that is almost impossible to open, without spraying the content over both yourself and the person sitting next to you they had added some extra food eg. a fruit yogurt. There was also a muesli bar and a sultana scone. After the attendants cleared the food it was time to start our decent. It was quite a fast flight as it only took 55 minutes instead of the usual 75. My plane, a QantasLink Dash 8-400. The food. The leg room and Family Guy The seats More soon.