Award winning travel photographer Karoki Lewis documents the recent Vietnamese Buddhist festival of Chua Huong at the Perfume Pagoda. The festival takes place in the first lunar month each year in the spectacular landscape of the Huong Son, the Mountain of Perfumes.
From the town of My Doc, 43 miles (70km) south-west of Hanoi, pilgrims from all over Vietnam gather to row upstream on a tributary of the Yen River past the jagged Karst mountains. A steep track, worn smooth by countless feet, leads to the summit destination of Huong Tich, the Perfume Pagoda. Those that have made the pilgrimage chant prayers and seek blessings at the many shrines cut into the wet rock of the cave.