Moc Chau Highland

Remote Moc Chau District Son La Vietnam Published on: 20-04-2017

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Moc Chau is a marvelous plateau in Son La province, Viet nam. This landscape has different amazing beauty in different period of time. It’s the beauty of plum flowers and peach flowers in spring or of golden wild sunflowers in winter.

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Why Moc Chau Highland is special ?

Moc Chau, stay at the altitude of 1,050 metres, is a large highland stretching around 80 kilometres long and 25 kilometres wide with 16,000 hectares of grass field. Moc Chau is said to be the place where there are the most of tourism resources of Son La and the mountainous area at the North-Western and Northern regions of Vietnam. The very special climate of Moc Chau is one of those resources. In the middle of Moc Chau Highland, there exists a sub-climate area with a cool summer with the average temperature of 20 Celsius degrees and a dry winter that make it different from other regions.


What to explore at Moc Chau Highland?

Moc Chau Plateau is not just blessed with beautiful landscapes, it is blessed with beautifully changing landscapes. The most typical tourism activity in Moc Chau Highland is sightseeing. Indeed, there are hundreds of natural sites that can take your breath away. In addition, the highland’s collection of traditional festivals is another thing that attracts tourists from all over the country. Some of the places to check out are: Son Moc Huong Cave, Chien Vien Pagoda, Dai Yem Waterfall, Phieng Luong Peak, endless pine forests, and the villages of the Dao ethnic groups. The music of ethnic people spreads all over the highland while the delicious traditional dishes and the local souvenirs enchant the tourists.

Besides, the highland is also close to many other attractions of the province such as Xuan Nha – Sop Cop ecotourism site. This is another place where you can find an immense area of primitive forest and many scarce animal species.


How to get to Moc Chau Highland?

Moc Chau highland is 190 km from Hanoi, the journey will take you about 5 - 6 hours. You can catch a high-quality bus at My Dinh Bus Station for 160,000 VND.

From Hanoi, you can get to Moc Chau by motorbike. Go along Nguyen Trai Street in Thanh Xuan District, and then take National Road 6. The route is straight and is quite easy but pay attention to the weather. It is best to go on sunny days.

Selling points

  • Best place for anyone to submerge in nature
  • A place of bright natural colors
  • A wonderful scenery should not miss
  • Like a colorful painting in Moc Chau
  • Very pleasure, tranquility, an escape to nature
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Moc Chau District Son La Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • If you visit Moc Chau by motorbike, foggy and drizzly days demand a lot of caution while driving. It takes five-six hours to reach Moc Chau driving at a stretch, not an advisable thing to do.
  • If you come to the area near the border, you should ask for permission or you will be in troubles.
    Things to do
  • Moc Chau has many ethnic villages to visit, you should carry some candy and snacks for kids. But beware that, you have to ask for permission from the village leader.
    Things to do
  • Restaurant 64 and Restaurant 70, which are five – seven kilometers from Moc Chau Town’s T-intersection, are famous and recommended. Or, choose small restaurants around the town. A meal costs VND 70,000-100,000 ($4.25-4.72) a person.
  • You will be pleased with the food in Son La when you once try Moc Chau milk cake together with Shan tea, Ta Xua (Tà Xùa) tea, Man (Mán) sweet potato or fresh vegetables.
  • The weather in Moc Chau is quite different from other places in Vietnam, it can be hot during a day but cold at night. So you have to bring jacket and comfortable clothes as well.
    What to wear
  • Each season at Moc Chau itself has unique things for you to do. It means you can visit Moc Chau at any time during a year.
  • Son MocHuong cave is a popular name for most tourists when they come to MocChau. From this cave entrance , you can view the whole MocChau town in your eyes.
    What to know
  • According to Moc Chau’s tourism management board, local people collects some fees (about VND 10,000-20,000 per person at Ban Ang) for tourists who enter their plantations for taking photographs.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • Moc Chau also has a famous kind of apple called son tra (sơn tra) that is chosen as present by all travelers.

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