To visit Viet Nam in 1993 happened to be a very good time to do so for me. Gone was the requirement to provide an itinerary to obtain a visa for travel via tourist buses to designated places and tourist hotels. The whole country was now wide open to travel by any means available and stay where-ever one wanted. I was graced with two visa extensions enabling me to spend three unforgettable months in this beautiful country.
The south western province of Yunnan attracted me for travel in 1996 as part of my route from Hong Hong to Lahore in Pakistan. It attracted me because of its closeness to Viet Nam and the Republic of Laos, two countries I had previously visited and loved. Yunnan also borders Myanmar ( formally Burma) and Tibet. I spent three months travelling around this wonderful mountainous and tribal region shooting in black & white film.