The roadside stands just outside of Vietnam’s former imperial city, Hué, overflow with bundles of incense. When viewed en masse, the harlequin sticks resemble a textured kaleidoscope; the smell of cinnamon and sandalwood blends wafting through the air is intoxicating. We purchased a small package of sandalwood incense that would make the overland journey with us to Laos. In a spirit house at the opening to a Laotian sacred cave, we set the well-travelled Vietnamese incense aglow.
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