About Son La

Son La is a province located in the Northwest of Vietnam, which has a large area with famous destinations such as Moc Chau highland, Dai Yem waterfall, Pha Luong mount, Ngu Dong Ban On caves, vine forest in Ang village,... Anyone who has been to Son La must fall in love with the mounts embraced by the clouds and the blooming season of numerous flowers, the clear streams lying next to the terraced fields and the dancing brocade dresses of indigenous people.. 


Son La is gorgeous throughout the four seasons. You can always capture its strange appeal whenever you come. In October, wild sunflowers dye the whole village bright yellow. In November, the fields of wild mustard show off their alluring colors. Then on New Year's Day, peach blossoms and plum blossoms cover the mountains with their seduction.


From Hanoi to Son La, you can travel by sleeper bus or luxury vans. Buses out of Hanoi leave from My Dinh more or less hourly between 07:00 and 21:00 and stop in Son La at about 7:00 - 8:00 the next day.

Top things to do in Son La

1. Admire the poetic landscapes of Moc Chau in flower seasons

2. Visit the minority groups’ villages

3. Discover the Ngu Dong Ban On Caves

4. Climb onto Pha Luong the Moc Chau's rooftop

5. Contemplate Dai Yem Waterfall

6. Drink local wine served with buffalo meat hanging up the kitchen

7. Enter the garden to pick the ripe plums

8. Row and fish on Tien Phong Lake

9. Go on a community based tour in Ngoc Chien Commune

10. Take a bath in the hot springs of Mong village


Time zone

GMT +07:00


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Moc Chau travel guide 12 months out of the year

What season is Moc Chau beautiful Moc Chau has four springs, summer, autumn and winter with mild weather, all year round with fruits. In January 1, the plateau has the green color of flourishing tea hills, peach blossoms, plum blossoms, apricot blossoms, cherry apricots ... From mid-May, plums begin to ripen, people harvest plums, dump them to sell to downstream traders. Summer has no flowers, nor strawberry season, but this place is very suitable for picnics because of the fresh air and many outdoor activities. The ripening pink season in Moc Chau starts from 8 to 12 months every year. The white cabbage season in Moc Chau starts in November. In December, bright yellow wild anemone flowers adorn the plateau. Move Moc Chau is nearly 200 km from Hanoi. If you go by motorbike, you should follow the old Highway 6 because there are many beautiful sceneries along the road, but you should pay attention to the steering wheel because the road deteriorates quite a lot. The journey takes about 4-5 hours. On the way, you will pass through the S-shaped road in Van Ho district. Most backpackers stop to enjoy the scenery and check-in at this soft S-shaped curve. If you take a bus, you can choose routes to Son La from My Dinh or Yen Nghia bus station, then get off at Moc Chau with a high-quality bus ticket price of about 200,000 VND. If you drive your own car, you do not need to worry too much because the road is large, easy to go despite many steep passes. Note, run at the right speed and pay attention to the lane when overtaking. In summer, the roads are less foggy but visibility is limited when it rains. The section that may be cloudy is the road from the Thung Khe section. Stay Moc Chau has quite a few guesthouses. However, to get quality accommodation during high season, you should still call to book in advance. There is an eco-lodge (with mountains, hills, lakes, stilt houses) or a homestay-style community guesthouse. The price of a room is about 200,000 - 300,000 VND per night but there are also many hostels with lower rates. Some recommended "chill" homestays are MAMA's House, Le Chalet du Lac, Fairy House Moc Chau, House By Lake, The Nordic Village, Moc Chau Retreat... Room rates range from 300,000 to 1,000,000 VND per night. Where to play To explore all of Moc Chau, you can go fast in 2 days. If you have more time than about 3-4 days, you will have more time to find beautiful camera angles to take photos or turn to nearby famous tourist areas such as Thung Nai, Mai Chau, Hoa Binh hydropower ... Ban Ang pine forest Pine forest is located in Ban Ang area in Dong Sang commune, Moc Chau district, Son La province, 2 km from Moc Chau town center by National Highway 43. With a total area of over 43 hectares including a soaring green pine forest, stretching on reddish-brown hillsides and a cool lake, this place has become a new camping spot in the Northern region. Mu Nau Plum Valley In early May, Mu Nau plum has produced quite large, ripe fruits that are no longer green like some plum orchards in Na Ka or Pan Khoang. Since the road to Mu Na is difficult to travel, you should choose a digital car instead of a station wagon. If you have a weak car rental, you should only travel alone. As for the weak steering wheel, you can rent a two-way motorbike taxi. In the garden, you can visit, pick plums and take pictures, but do not pick green plums to play. Motorbike taxi: price 120,000 VND per person. Entrance ticket: VND 20,000 per person. Sunflower garden This is a new check-in point in Moc Chau, located deep in the valley, because there are no signs, so it is difficult to find. If you go from town, along Highway 6 towards Son La through Km 106 will see a steep uphill slope. That's the road to the valley of flowers. In the early days of May 5, the flowers are just beginning to bloom, but in just a week the flowers will bloom and become a very beautiful photo spot. Entrance ticket: VND 30,000 per person. Moc Chau tea plantation The whole town of Moc Chau, Son La, is surrounded by green tea hills. Moc Chau Farm (only about 7km from the district center) where there are green tea hills or vast pastures. One of the other popular places is the S-shaped tea hill, a heart-shaped tea hill located on the road to the Five Caves of Ban Wen, about 15 km from Moc Chau farm town. Chieng Khoa Waterfall To descend to the falls, you'll follow a dirt path then reach the steep, steep staircase of the nearby water pumping station. Going all about 200 steps, you will see someone collecting environmental sanitation tickets before entering the waterfall to visit and take photos. People here make more rafts for rent for visitors to take photos or play instead of just shooting on the shore. Girls can choose boho style outfits, maxi dresses combined with accessories to have beautiful photos at the falls. However, the road down to the falls is too steep, you should not wear high heels and go early in the morning to avoid the hot noon. Environmental sanitation fee: VND 10,000 per person. Parking ticket: VND 10,000 per car. Raft rental: 30,000 VND per person, only take photos and 10,000 VND per person. Fairy Falls Fairy Waterfall consists of 3 floors, each floor has its own unique look. The scenery of the first floor is gentle, with a waist-deep lake that guests can go down to bathe. Going to the second waterfall, guests have to go against the current, although it is a bit difficult to walk, but the result will be unique photos in the background of the waterfall cascading into the turquoise blue lake. The depth of the second and third floor lakes is quite large, the rock surface is also mossy, easy to slip and fall, so visitors must be extremely careful when moving. The estimated elevation from the base of the waterfall to the third cascade is about 150 m. Dai Yem Waterfall The waterfall is located on the Vat stream, which is merged from two water gaps in Vat village, a very old Thai village. Before coming to the waterfall, the group went through the Dating stream. Dai Yem Waterfall is massive with an altitude of more than 100 m, divided into 2 parts. The upper part has 9 floors and the bottom is 5 floors, separated in the middle is a flat land, suitable for visitors to have fun and enjoy the scenery. The special feature here is that there are rocks of many shapes, causing the cascade to burst into parts before flowing into the lake. So the water does not rumble but is as soft as a strip of silk. Tickets to visit the falls are 100,000 VND per person. There are a full range of eateries, water bars. Primitive Village The village is the new destination of Moc Chau, so few people know. The village is located in Hang Tau valley, Ta village No. 2, Chieng Hac commune, Moc Chau, with a very wild and original landscape as the name suggests. The village has 15 households living, free-range buffaloes, cows, pigs and chickens in open fields but divided by plots or zones. Note, to enter the village you should have a local who knows the directions because the road is difficult to find and there are no signs. You also need to stiffen the steering wheel and should not ride a station wagon because there are many ramps. But no matter how difficult the road is, when you enter the village, you will feel worth the effort. Pha Luong Peak 30 km from Moc Chau town, Pha Luong peak is likened to the roof of Moc Chau, located between the Vietnam-Laos border. From Pha Luong border post at the foot to the top of the mountain, it takes 3-4 hours to walk. Pha Luong is over 2,000 m high. The journey to conquer Pha Luong is quite difficult, requiring the perseverance of those who want to truly explore. At the top of the mountain, you will feel the beauty of clouds and windswept sky. Eating Eateries and restaurants are located along the town center where Highway 6 passes. In addition to specialties such as plum, tea or milk, Moc Chau is also famous as a delicious place to eat. The dishes not to be missed when coming here are calf colander, fried spring fish, lentil fish of all dishes, salmon hotpot, pork soup, buffalo meat from the kitchen, vegetables dipped in fish heart sauce or five-color rice. If you want to eat dairy veal, you can find restaurants in Dong Hai, Xuan Bac 181, Nam Hung 70, or Lan Hong 64, Veal Quan Moc Chau ... The most exotic dish to try is Moc Chau fresh milk hotpot. The broth is simmered from bones and root vegetables, a moderate amount of milk is added so that there is enough milky white color and mild aroma, add corn for sweetness. When the hot pot begins to boil, the upper layer of milk begins to whey, which tastes fatty and fragrant. This is also when the hot pot is at its best.   You can buy tea, milk, cat apples, corn, corn wine ... about making gifts from the following locations: junction 73 near the town, sub-area 32 and Bun Bun, junction 70, peach orchard junction, Chieng Bi sub-district. Some beautiful view cafes in Moc Chau are Rio Coffee & Tea Skyview; Wind Chil Hill; Moc Coffee; Tom's Garden Coffee & More; Garden Coffee & Chill Hill... The average price of drinks is 40,000 - 60,000 VND. If you want to find a special space to live virtually in Moc Chau, you can refer to Lan Que Fong Cafe. It is modeled after a notoriously noisy and busy street of Hong Kong. The shop is located in 165 sub-section 6, Moc Chau town. Drinks from 25,000 to 50,000 VND per dish. Note Moc Chau usually has warm sunshine during the day, but the night temperature is quite low and foggy. You need to bring enough warm clothes to ensure your health, check the car lights before departure. Do not litter, step on the beds of compatriots or climb on trees, break branches to dig forests, plum branches, flowers ... According to VnE

Nature & Adventure 08/08/2023

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