Moc Chau Plateau, Son La

Son La

Son La is 380km north-west of Hanoi. Son La Province is bordered to the east by Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Phu Tho Provinces, to the south-east by Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa Provinces, to the south by Laos, to the west by Dien Bien and Lai Chau Provinces.

The province has a mountainous terrain with limestone forested mountains, small valleys and flat plains. The two biggest rivers of Son La are the Da and the Ma Rivers. Moc Chau District of Son La with the width of 25km and the length of 80km is a plateau of 1050m above sea level. Moc Chau has a temperate climate and has great potential for developing agriculture and tourism.

Moc Chau Plateau Son La Vietnam
Moc Chau Plateau Son La Vietnam

The climate of Son La is tropical monsoon characterized by torrential rains in the summer (from May to September) and cold and dry winter (from November to January). Besides, Son La is influenced by the dry and hot winds from Laos in the summer which make the weather intolerable sometimes.

There are 12 ethnic groups in Son La, of which the biggest are the Muong, Thai (mostly Black Thai), Kinh and the Hmong. Most of the ethnic groups in Son La maintain the traditional lifestyle for centuries.

Buffalo riders in Son La Vietnam
Buffalo riders in Son La Vietnam

There is a great potential for developing tourism, agriculture and the mining industries in Son La. Son La Hydro-Power Plant is among the biggest in Vietnam. And, there are huge land areas for tea plantations, sugarcane plantations, grasslands, mango plantations which have earned the reputation nation-wide for the quality. Besides, Son La is famous for the herds of cows for milk and for meat; the bee honey...

Na San Airfield, close to the site of Na San Battle
Na San Airfield, close to the site of Na San Battle

 

Co Noi T-Junction
Co Noi T-Junction, a target heavily bombed during the French War

Tourist attractions
Moc Chau Plateau is perfect for developing eco tourism, for relaxing family holidays and for adventure travel like trekking, hiking, biking and motorbiking. The Da and the Ma River offer opportunities for boat cruises and for white-water rafting, tubing... Also for the travelers who would like to learn about the wars, then there are many former battlefields at Son La to visit such as Na San, the Prison of Son La, Road No. 6, Co Noi, Moc Chau...

Mountains at Moc Chau
Mountains at Moc Chau

 

The former prison of Son La
The former prison of Son La

Most foreign travelers only come to Son La as a stop on their way to Dien Bien Phu or from Dien Bien Phu back to Ha Noi. The Vietnamese tourists would come to the Moc Chau Plateau to get away from the heat of the Red River Delta in the summer. Many young Vietnamese are traveling to Son La for climbing Mount Pha Luong (at Moc Chau) and Mount Ta Xua (between Son La and Yen Bai Provinces).

 
Scenic road in Son La Vietnam
Scenic road in Son La Vietnam
Alternatively, you can travel to Moc Chau and Son La via a less beaten route which goes via Phu Tho Province, Phu Yen and Bac Yen Districts of Son La.
 
Phu Yen Son La
Phu Yen Son La
 
 
 
Van Yen Ferry, Bac Yen, Son LaPhu Yen Son La

Travel and tours
Paradissa Travel offers a number of adventure tours to Moc Chau Plateau including relaxing and sightseeing trips, photography tours, bike tours, agricultural tours. Besides, attractions in Son La are also visited on our other adventure tours, historical tours and battlefield tours which travel through the North-West of Vietnam. Please contact Paradissa travel experts for further information.

Moc Chau tea plantations
Moc Chau tea plantations

Accommodation
There are quite a good range of hotels in Son La nowadays. Luxury hotels of 3-4 stars are available in Moc Chau and Son La City. There are guest houses in towns. Some ethnic villages offer homestay service.

How to get there
Son La is over 300km from Hanoi via Route 6 which is generally in good conditions. Besides, you can access Son La from Phu Tho, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Lai Chau Provinces.