If Halong Bay in Vietnam is on your bucket list, my recommendation is to go to nearby Bai Tu Long Bay instead. It is just as beautiful but much less crowded and less polluted. The dinner in a cave and other activities are done in a way that is environmentally sustainable. Here are the details on our three days/two nights aboard a classic wooden ship. The food was amazing!
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New post on hiking the abandoned bobsled track from the 1984 Olympics in the snow. War damage, street art and a chance to let your imagination run wild. And you'll have it ALL to yourself, unlike during the summer months when it can be crowded.
If you see SSSS on your boarding pass, be prepared for a really thorough security check. I'm in Global Entry and it happened to me anyway! Allow extra time, because you won't be allowed to board until you go through an extra security lane.