Moc Chau is the largest and most beautiful plateau of the Northern mountainous area of Son La. It is situated at the Northwest road which is well-known for its spectacular scenery, lovely villages and flower seasons with thousands of mustard flowers, peach blossoms and plum blossoms.
The cool weather with thick fog layers makes the natural scenery here become mysterious and appealing to many people. Those are the features that attract many tourists who wish to explore and go on adventures.
The time to travel to Moc Chau
The decision of when to visit Moc Chau should be your top priority. If you know how to choose the perfect time, you will be able to explore the most of the natural beauty here. Each season, Moc Chau has its own distinct feature. Consequently, you should consider the most suitable time for you to have a tour here.
Before and after the Lunar New Year holiday (the end of January - the beginning of February): This is the perfect time for anyone who loves enjoying the beauty of peach and plum blossoms. During this time, Moc Chau looks really like a traditional picture painted with ink with decorations of peach and plum blossoms everywhere on roads and mountains.
March: Covering all over Moc Chau is the white color of orchid blossoms. Visiting Moc Chau in March, you will have a chance to join the “Het cha” traditional festival on March 26th.
April to August: Coming here, you will able to enjoy the fresh and cool environment here, which is really different from that in Hanoi. Not only this is the flower season in Moc Chau, there are also many peaches and plums for you to gather (April to June). If you visit Moc Chau this period, you can visit cow farms and agriculture sites here.
September: This time, anyone with a passion in history should come here once. Additionally, there is an Independent Tet holiday in Moc Chau, a part of Moc Chau culture.
October to February: Moc Chau now is full of white mustard flowers and marigold. November is the blooming season of mustard, marigold and poinsettia, which creates a picturesque scenery full of white, yellow and red color from the flowers.
Places not to miss
Along the roads to Moc Chau, you will be able to enjoy some of the spectacular views of this mountainous area:
Follow the route 6 on the way to Moc Chau, at the area of Long Luong commune, you can meet many H’mong locals. This place is also a heaven for peach and plum blossoms. If you want to visit the place and explore, you should ask the village chief to get permission and explore the H’mong villages, people and their strange customs.
Reaching the centre of the prefecture, the first places you should visit are the well-known ones surrounding the central area such as: Bat grotto inside Son Moc Huong cave, Ban Ang pine forest, orchid garden, strawberries or Dai Yem Fall. If you have a lot of time, please spare some to explore each of them, which will be very interesting.
Going back about 5 to 7 km from this central area, you will reach the agriculture town Moc Chau. Here you can visit the tea factory and Moc Chau milk company. Green tea hills and endless fields will definitely bring you some strange but relaxing feeling.
From the farm, you can head to Tan Lap. There is a beautiful heart-shaped green team hill, Ngu Dong Ban on and white mustard, marigold, peach and plum blossom forests. Tourists to Moc Chau hardly ever miss these places, which are the ones attract tourists the most.
Ba Phach mustard field: A heaven for mustard flowers at Ba Phach village with a giant field with all mustard plants. Beautiful like in pictures, Ba Phach mustard field attracts many girls who visit here.
Moreover, on roads to villages, tourists will be able to meet Thai people and many other ethnic minorities.
Only looking at the place through pictures, many people have already fallen for it. So please come to be able to explore the beauty of Moc Chau by yourselves.
Vehicles and roads to Moc Chau
Because Moc Chau is only 200 km far from Hanoi, both motorbike and car are comfortable options to travel here. It only takes about 5 or 6 hours to travel here and after that, you will be able to enjoy the wonder of Moc Chau.
For anyone who wants to go on a backpacking holiday, motorbike is the best option. From Hanoi, following Nguyen Trai Road, Thanh Xuan or Lang Hoa to Xuan Mai to route 6 across Hoa Binh, you will reach Moc Chau- Son La.
The time needed for traveling is about 4 to 5 hours, or if you want to stop by somewhere to take pictures or have some rest, it will take about 6 hours to reach there. Anyone who does not have the experience for traveling by motorbikes can choose to travel by car.
Buses from My Dinh, Yen Nghia bus stations or Son La homestay ( 378 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi):
Buses in high quality from My Dinh are 45-seat with sleeper buses running from 5 a.m to 9 p.m, price range from 150,000 - 180,000 VND/guest. Traveling by this kind of bus is suitable for people who do not have excellent health.
Buses from Yen Nghia bus station are country buses with 16 or 29 seats, running from 5 a.m to 1 p.m at a price of about 110,000 VND/guest.
Transportation in Moc Chau
Coming to Moc Chau, you also need to travel from places to places to explore. Renting services here are many but you should choose carefully to avoid being ripped off. Hotels do lend motorbike at the prices of about 150,000 VND/day.
Many students who go on backpacking trips often choose to stay at the houses of local people or rent places in villages with reasonable prices. Another option for you is the lovely homestays with reasonable prices and creative design. JTAtours will recommend some popular places for you to choose.
- Bo’s Homestay Moc Chau
Situated at 2nd neighbor, Company area, Moc Chau agricultural village, Bo’ House is a famous place for many young people. Cozy atmosphere, clean and tidy rooms and enthusiastic service are the best features of this place and is why many people love it so much.
Bo’s House also has entertainment site, café and has some unique backgrounds for checking in or simply having a relaxing day with friends.
- Nha Ta Homestay
Nha Ta Homestay is situated right in the most bustle central area, opposite Bat grotto. This place is distinctive with wooden cone-shaped bungalows and natural beauties such as springs, fields and greenery. The manager of Nha Ta Homestay is very thoughtful; he has designed a quite huge playground for customers to have outdoor BBQ parties or singing with a guitar to have some memorable moments.
- Moc Chau Arena Village
Moc Chau Arena Village tourism site is located at the central of Moc Chau agriculture town. From this place, you can easily get to some beautiful places in Moc Chau such as Dai Yen Fall, plum and peach garden, Ban Ang pine forest, etc.
Container houses with lovely colorful design and full facilities are the most famous features among customers of Moc Chau Arena Village. With 10 lovely rooms in the middle of the fresh and cool atmosphere of green tea hills, tourists will be able to feel the peacefulness and proximity to nature.
Instead, if you want to rent a room in hostels and hotels, you can refer to some of these:
- Muong Thanh Luxury Hotel Moc Chau
Muong Thanh Luxury Hotel Moc Chau has just been opened in June 2016 but it has been chosen as accommodation for many tourists. Situated at the most important place, the central area of Moc Chau agricultural town, it is near some of the famous tourist attractions in Moc Chau such as Dai Yen Fall, green tea farm, Bat grotto, Ang village, etc.
With rooms at high quality and prestige service such as shopping mall, spa, bar, tennis court, restaurant, meeting room, this place will definitely meet all demands from customers.
- Thao Nguyen resort
Thao Nguyen resort is situated at 32 minor neighborhood, Moc Chau agriculture town, with an area of more than 6 ha. With a unique scenery, luxurious architecture and peaceful atmosphere, when coming here, tourists can easily enjoy themselves with nature and enjoy their holiday.
Thao Nguyen resort also provides prestige services such as bar, restaurant, gym and hot-water swimming pool, which meets all the needs of customers.
- Moc Chau Sao Xanh Hotel
Room rates range from 300,000 VND - 1,500,000 VND (including VAT, service charge and breakfast) according to the room type: type 1, type 2, VIP room. Especially this hotel always discounts 10% for retail customers on the first day of the week. Including 68 rooms, equipped with synchronized facilities: beds, wooden floors, air conditioning, hot and cold bathrooms with bathtubs, televisions, Cable TV, internet, wifi. Located in an area of 7000m2, the hotel has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant. Address: 14 neighborhood, Moc Chau town.
- Moc Chau Hotel
Price: double room 350,000 VND, triple room: 380,000 VND , VIP room: 600,000 VND
The hotel has 55 rooms with full amenities, and restaurant, bar, massage, karaoke. Address: Hotel neighborhood, Nong Truong Moc Chau town, Son La.
- Huong Sen Hotel Moc Chau
The rooms are large and nice for the whole family, groups or couples, single. Specially located at the center of Moc Chau town so it is convenient for tourists.
Price: from 270,000 VND - 600,000 VND/ room, depending on room type.
- Moc Chau Eco-Lodge: Thai-style stilt house
+ The spacious upper floor is about 80m2, accommodating 70-100 community-style guests, with clean, beautiful blankets. Price: 70,000 VND / person
+ The lower floor is divided into private rooms for guests who prefer the feeling of privacy and seclusion. There are single beds and double beds.
Price: 120.000-150.000-200.000VND/ room
The hotel also provides restaurant with about 70.000VND/ person/ meal; fishing service; karaoke; dancing; etc.
Address: 2 neighborhood, Moc Chau
You should research about rooming carefully before booking to make sure that you have the best room possible.
Specialties for you to enjoy and buy as gifts
Moc Chau is famous for many delicious and unique specialties. Coming here, you definitely have to enjoy them and buy them as gifts for friends and family.
Coming to Moc Chau, you will enjoy calf, stream fish, pork, thang co, bamboo-tube rice, Thai people’s specialties that can be found in families living in the pine forest of Ang village.
Buy as a souvenir: Moc Chau milk, doi candy, Moc Chau tea, cham cheo spice, buffalo meat, smoked beef, meo apple, corn, plum, peach depending on the season. However, milk and candy are products that are always available for tourists to buy as gifts.
Prepare personal belongings
The weather in Moc Chau is not the same as in Hanoi, and there are many places to enjoy bathing in streams so you should prepare equipment carefully. You should bring enough warm clothes. You should also bring sneakers or climbing shoes to facilitate transportation on arduous roads.
Those who go on a trip tending to sleep outside need to prepare a tent, basic medicine such as flu medicine, insect repellent, bandages to prevent minor injuries due to climbing.
And a piece of indispensable equipment is a travel camera to save photos, beautiful moments on your trip.
Above are some small notes for your trip to Moc Chau, please refer to them for the perfect trip.
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