Dong Van is at the very most northern part of Vietnam. From Dong Van there was no other direction to go other than South. Venturing North would mean crossing the border into China.
So I headed South through the countryside. The villages that I passed through consisted mostly of stilt houses constructed of wood.
When I was stopped on the side of the road taking photos this cart being pulled by a cow passed by.
Inside... a man and a bunch of kids enjoying the ride.
Along my route I passed by village after village where people were drying thin sheets of wood. The only thing that I could think that this material would be used for would be vaneer finishes.
Some people simply dried the wood along the road and others stacked their wood in racks.
To reach the town of Sa Pa I rode about 10 hours. Every moment was breathtaking.