Open-backed and slat-sided buses such as the one shown here usually serve medium distance links between towns. Passengers crowd together inside, while luggage, produce, and sometimes even livestock are tied on the roof of the bus. Rural farmers often move their harvests to regional markets in such buses. Boxes and baskets of cargo are tied on the roof. The driver’s assistant, who negotiates with passengers and collects fares, usually rides standing at the back.
The oxcart here is transporting freshly harvested stalks of bananas on the road from Nha Trang to dalat. Bananas are native to Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and are grown there in hundreds of varieties. Some kinds are harvest unripe for cooking as a vegetable, while others are harvested ripe for eating raw as a sweet fruit snack.