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We took a day trip from Hanoi to the Perfume Pagoda. After a 2 hour ride, we took a row boat (1.5 hours) to the start of a 1.5 hour hike up to the Perfume Pagoda. At the end of June, it was very uncomfortably hot, but there was no one else there. It was a spiritual experience - more so than I'd imagined, given all the photos with hundreds of people swarming the pagoda.

I took this shot on the way out of the pagoda. The pagoda is basically a cave at the top of the mountain, with steps leading down to it. The smoke is from all the burning incense.

I'm uploading a grayscale version, what do you prefer?
No PP done on this one. I almost always USM, but it didn't seem appropriate here.

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