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April 1995, somewhere in the highlands of central Vietnam, a short distance south of the former border between South and North Vietnam.

I was on a day tour collecting material for a story about the war that had ended 20 years earlier. We had stopped here briefly (myself, a guide, a driver and a couple of girlfriends who thought we were going on an ordinary sightseeing tour) so I could have a look down into the valley. You can see here why we stopped.

While we were standing here this bus drove past us. (Please note: this is not my time machine, it is an ordinary local bus.) The boy standing at the door is the driver's assistant, handling all luggage, collecting the fares and calling out the destination to people waiting along the road.

Here is a larger version.

We had spent part of the day at Khe Sanh, the largest battlefield of the Vietnam war, where fierce fighting took place during the first half of 1968. The US had a huge base there, but it was evacuated after the battle and everything pulled down or taken away. Today nothing remains.

Several years ago I posted this photo (and workshops) from Khe Sanh, and a note that describes the battle and the circumstances. The main photo was very badly processed, but you can see a new version in this workshop.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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