Dong Van is one of the most northern towns in Vietnam, only around 20km from the northern border to Vietnam. From Ha Giang it is around 150km via the QL4C road.
Like many other towns and villages it is located in a valley surrounded by hills, which gives the place an interesting feel, seeing the karst raising towards the sky behind the houses. It has probably the best tourist set up outside of Ha Giang, which plenty of accommodation for different budgets, food places, tourists agencies and even a nicely restored “Old Town” square with shops and cafes. It feels like a place where you could hang out for a day or two.
Due to its small size it is easy to get around, with most accommodation located along the QL4C that goes through Dong Van.
You will most likely see more tourists here than in Yen Minh, but like Yen Minh it has not the feel of a tourist town, with the locals seemingly very friendly
Overall, it is a nice place to stop, and if you need a little break from riding the motorbike it is a good place to do so.