Hong Kong: the R&R destination that got away
Soldiers in the Vietnam War were entitled to at least one Rest & Recuperation trip, usually of about one week. The most popular R&R destinations were Hawaii for the married soldiers, where their wives could meet them, or Bangkok and Hong Kong for the (cough cough) lonely (cough cough) troops.
But Suzie Wong isn’t there anymore; in fact, the Wan Chai district where on-leave soldiers and sailors once congregated is completely unrecognizeable, built over by skyscrapers and infill developments that have added city blocks to areas that used to be waterfront. (The British Navy is also gone, of course.)
On to Vietnam!