Picking tea leaves at Moc Chau
Picking tea leaves at Moc Chau

Moc Chau Travel Guide - Son La

Moc Chau is a plateau in Son La Province with the elevation of 1.050m above sea, stretching over 80km in length and 25km in width. The plateau has a temperate climate with average temperature in the summer around 18-20 Degrees Celsius; with annual rainfall around 1500-1600mm and average humidity around 85%.

Moc Chau is inhabited mostly by the Kinh, Muong, Thai and Hmong Peoples; the other groups in Moc Chau include Dao (Zao), Tay, Khmu, Xinh Mun, La Ha...

Da River at Moc Chau
Da River at Moc Chau

The economy of Moc Chau is based largely on agriculture like growing peach, plums, green tea, vegetables and cows for milk. Tourism is getting to be a big business for the plateau as Vietnamese tourists tend to flock to the area for escaping the heat in Hanoi in the summer, for taking photos of the beautiful natural landscape and for climbing Mount Pha Luong which has come into Vietnamese poetry and literature.

A breathtaking view of Moc Chau Plateau
A breathtaking view of Moc Chau Plateau

Tourist attractions
Mount Pha Luong with the summit of 2,000m above sea level is right on the border between Vietnam and Laos, 50km from Moc Chau Town. It is the border region and foreigners are required to obtain a permit from the provincial army to access the area. The trip from Moc Chau to Pha Luong takes one day with the last 12 km on motorbike. It is not possible to access Mount Pha Luong when the road is wet.

View from the summit of Mount Pha Luong
View from the summit of Mount Pha Luong

Tea plantations: The conical hills in Moc Chau is for growing tea and for growing grass to feed cows. But these hills are so captivating that photography travellers take to Moc Chau for photo trips.

Scenic green tea plantations at Moc Chau
Scenic green tea plantations at Moc Chau

Flower fields: In October and November, the spinach farms at Moc Chau throw out flowers that attract lots of young Vietnamese tourists.

A flower valley at Moc Chau
A flower valley at Moc Chau

 

Green farms at Moc Chau
Green farms at Moc Chau

Ethnic villages: These villages are all around the town of Moc Chau and can be visited easily. Some Thai and Hmong families offer homestay service to visitors.

Travel and tours
Paradissa organize agricultural tours, leisurely bicycle holidays, mountain bike adventures, sightseeing tours and travel photography trips to Moc Chau for 2-3 days. A trip to Moc Chau could be combined with other tourist attractions in the North-West of Vietnam. Please contact our travel expert for further information.

a captivating bike route at Moc Chau
A captivating bike route at Moc Chau

Accommodation
There is a wide range of accommodations at Moc Chau Town including standard hotels, family guest houses, homestay and luxury hotels.

How to get there
Most visitors to Moc Chau from Hanoi would travel via Route 6 which is in good conditions. There may be temporary traffic halts during the rainy season (September-November) due to landslides in Hoa Binh Province. Alternatively, you can travel to Moc Chau via Phu Tho Province. The road via this route is smaller, and the travel distance is about 40km longer though.