Moc Chau travel guide

The Moc Chau Plateau is located to the south of Son La Province with averaged altitude of 1,050m above sea level. The plateau is bordered by Hoa Binh Province to the south, the Da River to the east, Laos to the west, and Yen Chau District (of Son La Province) to the north. The center of the Moc Chau Plateau is Moc Chau Town and Moc Chau Farm Town which are 200km northwest of Hanoi via Route 6.

 Moc Chau has a temperature climate with temperatures in the summer mostly between 20-25oC and with temperatures in the winter from below water freezing point to a little above 10oC.

Moc Chau is an extremely popular tourist destination for young Vietnamese in the summer thanks to the cool temperatures and lovely natural landscape of rolling hills, green tea plantations… In the winter and spring, the Moc Chau Plateau attracts the tourists by offering beautiful flower fields everywhere. There is a wide range of activities that you can do during a holiday to Moc Chau: mountain climbing, mountain biking, hiking, photography tours, agricultural tours… Below is a a list of major tourist attractions in Moc Chau.

Moc Chau Plateau on a winter day
Moc Chau Plateau on a winter day - numb cold and dry

1/Green tea plantations
Moc Chau has several rolling hills which are covered by green tea plantations with visually appealing shapes. You can spend from hours to days to wander amid these tea plantations, cycling among them, taking photographs of these plantations in different lighting conditions in a day.

2/ Mount Pha Luong (2,000m)
The high mountain is right on the border between Vietnam and Laos and the adventure to the top takes you a full day; a real hard adventure and detailed preparations in advance are advised. Having a local guide is a must as the path to the mountain base is extremely confusing and dangerous with pot-holes. The views from the summit are amazing!

3/Dai Yem Waterfall
The waterfall offers relaxing moments by the noise of the roaring water. During the rainy season, the landscape looks sublime.

4/ Bat Cave
The cave is right in the town of Moc Chau on Route 6 which also offers lovely views of the surroundings. Visiting the cave takes half an hour.

5/ Flower fields
The flower fields are in their most beautiful moments in December and January. The temperatures are cold during this time and bring along a lot of warm clothes on you should you plan to travel to Moc Chau during this time.

Alternatively there are several organic flower farms in Moc Chau with spectacular blossoms all year round.

6/ Flower forests
In late January and February you’ll adore the plum and peach forests around are in full blossoms. In March and April, the camel foot trees offer wonderful flowers and fragrance.

7/ Ethnic villages
There are several Hmong and Thai villages on the Moc Chau Plateau that you can visit and learn about their daily life. Many ethnic families offer homestay service to the visitors.

8/ Cow farms
Moc Chau is also famed for growing cows for milk and visiting the farms you can learn a lot about the business which brings good incomes to local households.