18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
A worker prepares a hot air balloon during a tourism festival in Ba Vi National Park, located 48 km west of Hanoi, Vietnam. The preparation for the 18-meter hot air balloon took more than an hour to complete. I spent many days during the festival getting up around 5 a.m. and traveling more than 100 km each day, waiting for this moment.
||© Tran Tuan Viet
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