Moc Chau Travel Guide From A To Z

Leaving from the bustle of city to the paradise of flowers in Moc Chau, visitors will have many unexpected and unforgettable experiences. Moc Chau Travel Guide From A To Z will show you everything there is to know to make a perfect Moc Chau trip where you can enjoy both nature beauties and culture charms of the land.

 

Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) Travel Overview

Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) is the widest and dreamiest plateau of the Northern mountainous region located in Son La Province which is far about 200 kilometers from Hanoi ( Hà Nội) to the west. Moc Chau entices visitors with its magnificent traditional villages of Vietnamese minor tribes, its many gorgeous flowers ranging from plum flowers to cherry blossoms, its chilly atmosphere. This highland is famous for the majestic beauty of Ang village’s ( Bản Áng) pine forest, Pha Luong ( Pha Luông) mountain peak, Dai Yem ( Dải Yếm) waterfall and many beautiful attractions, etc.

 

Moc Chau is very popular among Vietnamese travelers because of its poetic landscapes. Photo: Vũ Anh Dũng
Moc Chau is very popular among Vietnamese travelers because of its poetic landscapes. Photo: Vũ Anh Dũng

 

Weather in Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu)- When is the best time to visit to Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu)?

From Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) travel guide from A to Z, With the typical highland terrain, the climate in Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) is almost cool and pleasant all year round. There are several occasions of the year when you can truly enjoy the unique beauty of Moc Chau (Mộc Châu), according to the seasons.

++ See more: Lost in the paradise of flowers in Moc Chau

 

Moc Chau ( Moc Chau) in January, February : the season of peach blossoms and plum blossoms

 

There is nothing more awesome than peering down at the majestic landscapes of the plateau with the light pink of peach flower, green of the mountains, white of clouds, and blue of sky. Photo: Collection
There is nothing more awesome than peering down at the majestic landscapes of the plateau with the light pink of peach flower, green of the mountains, white of clouds, and blue of sky. Photo: Collection

 

When the weather starts to warm up, the plum orchards in Moc Chau, flowering buds start popping up all mountain, creating a landscape lyrical, poetic and romantic. Photo: Collection
When the weather starts to warm up, the plum orchards in Moc Chau, flowering buds start popping up all mountain, creating a landscape lyrical, poetic and romantic. Photo: Collection

 

Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) in March, April: this is the time when white orchids bloom. In addition, on March 26, there is also Het Cha (Hết Chá) festival of the Thai (Thái) people.

Apart from the white orchids season, March is also the time to celebrate ‘Het Cha’ ( Hết Chá) festival, which is held annually from 23rd to 26th by Thai (Thái) ethnic people. People participate in the festival to strengthen the solidarity of residents and to express their respect to the doctors who cured them of sickness.

 

Het Cha ( Het Cha) festival of The Thai ( Thai) minority people. Photo: Collection
Het Cha ( Het Cha) festival of The Thai ( Thai) minority people. Photo: Collection

 

Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) in October, November, December: There are the time when cauliflowers paint the hills pure white, 

 

The best time to visit Moc Chau is from October to December when you will be overwhelmed by the cauliflower fields and valleys in blossom. Photo: Collection
The best time to visit Moc Chau is from October to December when you will be overwhelmed by the cauliflower fields and valleys in blossom. Photo: Collection

 

How to get to Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu)

 

By Coach

Moc Chau is about 200 kilometers  away from Hanoi. Moving along the National Road 6 (Quoc Lo 6) normally takes between four and six hours. Thanks to the width and surface flatness, Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) is relatively accessible. Thus, there are many transportation options available.

Coaches from Giap Bat ( Giáp Bát), My Dinh ( Mỹ Đình), Yen Nghia ( Yên Nghĩa), Thanh Xuan ( Thanh Xuân) Stations depart from 4 AM to 11 PM. There are two types:
+ 16-29-seat-coach mainly runs during daytime: 130 000VND/passenger
+ Space coach runs both day and night: 160 000VND/passenger
+ Prices are subject to change during holiday seasons, especially in Tet Holiday.

 

There are quality coach brands to Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu):

–  Ngoc Thuan ( Ngọc Thuận). Address: My Dinh  (Mỹ Đình) bus station. Tel: +84 919737469; +84 913017079.

–  Hung Thanh (Hưng Thành). Address: My Dinh  (Mỹ Đình) bus station. Tel: +84 987.818.989; +84 974.888.555.

– Bac Son (Bắc Sơn). Address: My Dinh  (Mỹ Đình) bus station. Tel: +84 22.355.1559.

– Khanh Thu ( Khánh Thu). Address: Thanh Xuan (Thanh Xuân) bus station. Tel: +84 947 869 169.

Moc Chau is about 200 kilometers  away from Hanoi. Moving along the National Road 6 (Quoc Lo 6) normally takes between four and six hours. Thanks to the width and surface flatness, Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) is relatively accessible. Thus, there are many transportation options available.

 

By Motorcycle

There are two ways to drive:
+ Nguyen Trai -> Ha Dong -> National Road 6 (Quoc Lo 6)
+ Lang Hoa Lac, Xuan Mai -> National Road 6 (Quoc Lo 6)
+ Take caution of fog and slippery

 

Vehicle/ Moving in Moc Chau (Mộc Châu)

Rented taxis, motorbikes
+ Rented motorbike: 250 000VND/bike/day
+ Rented taxi: 400 000VND -> 1 200 000VND/trip depending on the time and destination.
Some rented taxi agencies’ phone numbers:
– Lien Thao (Liên Thao): +84 973.562.809
– Than Gai (Thân Gái): + 84 1687.447.292

 

The beautiful places in Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) you should not miss.

 

Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) Tea Hills

Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) has many heart-shaped hills for you to explore. Taiwan’s tea plantations (nearest to Moc Chau  ( Mộc Châu) town about 10 km), Tan Lap ( Tân Lập) tea hills and Moc Suong  ( Mộc Sương) hill are the tourist attractions. Looking from above, the tea hill bunches into a romantic heart. The area of the tea is quite large, so any pictures taken here are also green.

 

Moc Chau's tea hills are symbol of vitality and love, bringing an unforgettable impression to visitors: Minh Duc Tran
Moc Chau’s tea hills are symbol of vitality and love, bringing an unforgettable impression to visitors: Minh Duc Tran

 

Loong Luong  (Loóng Luông) village

Long Luong is located on the No 6 National Highway. Standing on the high of the pass, you can see the small houses under the valley. In the peak season, the valley is full of white of plum and apricot blossoming, the pink of peach flowers. The road to the village is quite small with many rocks, but the two sides are filled by fragrant flowers that the scene becomes fascinated people..

 

The poetic beauty of the road leading to Loong Luong village. Photo: @minhmapp
The poetic beauty of the road leading to Loong Luong village. Photo: @minhmapp

 

Chimi Farm ( Strawberry Farm)

Not only in Da Lat, but people in Moc Chau also grow strawberries. Situated about one kilometer from Ban Ang Ecotourism Village, you can visit strawberry gardens and join in fruit picking enjoy on the spot.

 

Enjoy fresh strawberry at the garden in Moc Chau. Photo: chimifarmmocchau
Enjoy fresh strawberry at the garden in Moc Chau. Photo: chimifarmmocchau

 

Happy Land

Moc Chau Happy Land is a tourist area located in Lung village, Muong Sang ( Mường Sang) commune. It is built on five hectares of land with many beautiful spots for photography such as the heart-shaped garden, windmill, colorful flower garden, and more. This place also has accommodation and food services for visitors to rest and enjoy the peaceful life in Moc Chau.

 

This place also has accommodation and food services for visitors to rest and enjoy the peaceful life in Moc Chau. Photo: Mocchau24h
This place also has accommodation and food services for visitors to rest and enjoy the peaceful life in Moc Chau. Photo: Mocchau24h

 

 S-shaped road

This road belongs to Van Ho district on the way from Hanoi to Moc Chau. It is very familiar with backpackers. Almost of people crossing over must stop here to admire the bewitching curve that is flexible, and gender with the S-shaped.

 

Don’t forget to capture some photos to keep memories. Photo: @yenchee07
Don’t forget to capture some photos to keep memories. Photo: @yenchee07

 

Chieng Khoa (Chiềng Khoa) waterfall

Chieng Khoa (Chiềng Khoa) Waterfall is also known as Cloud Waterfall, which is associated with the legend of the Ban Flower ên Bản- Xen Mường Festival of the local people. This waterfall has not been exploited for tourism, so still quite wild and natural. You will be admiring the beauty of the waterfall like a white cloud around the valley with white foam to create the light fuzzy charm fog.

 

The air around the waterfall is extremely fresh because of the water vapor and green vegetation around the waterfall. Photo: theamazinghaianh
The air around the waterfall is extremely fresh because of the water vapor and green vegetation around the waterfall. Photo: theamazinghaianh

 

 Ba Phach’s (Ba Phách) cauliflower garden

Ba Phach Village must be the most iconic tribal village in Moc Chau Plateau, offering the fully beauty of the land and local culture here. Ba Phach Village is well-known for spectacular sights of plump and peach flowers blooming in spring time and cauliflower blooming from November to December. The village is home to two ethnic groups residing here – Thai people and H’mong people with their richness of cultural customs and traditions.

 

Two sides of the road leading to Ba Phach village is covered with white cauliflowers. Photo: Ngô Huy Hòa
Two sides of the road leading to Ba Phach village is covered with white cauliflowers. Photo: Ngô Huy Hòa

 

Pine forest in Ang ( Áng) village

Ang ( Áng) village of Thai people has the largest and most beautiful pine forest on Moc Chau Plateau, boasting a peaceful landscape complex with pine forest, small lake and flower garden. You’ll have the feeling that you’re in a park where you can enjoy a picnic while admiring the beautiful nature surrounding

 

Ang (Áng) Village is as beautiful as a water painting with layers of traditional stilts lay hidden under the green leafy pine. Photo: Lê Chí Hùng.
Ang (Áng) Village is as beautiful as a water painting with layers of traditional stilts lay hidden under the green leafy pine. Photo: Lê Chí Hùng.

 

Dai Yem (Dải Yếm) waterfall

Dai Yem ( Dải Yếm) Waterfall is also known as Lady Waterfall (Thác Nàng) or Ban Vat ( Ban Vạt) Waterfall. The name Dai Yem ( Dải Yếm) derives from the tale that the fall is the shirt of the lady who rescues the man from the raging flood. The waterfall lies 3 kilometers away from Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) Farm, at Muong Sang ( Mường Sang) commune, with an easy accessible. Dai Yem ( Dải Yếm) is a beautiful 2-level with a drop at a height of 50m, with many water tails. The waterfall is especially spectacular in the rainy season between April and September.

 

The waterfall is at its most beautiful in April or October. Photo: williamhizkiaa
The waterfall is at its most beautiful in April or October. Photo: williamhizkiaa

 

Pha Luong (Pha Luông) peak

On the height of 2000m, Pha Luong Peak offers majestic scenery of Lao-Vietnam border with primitive forest and mystic mountain backdrop. The road to the mountaintop takes you about 3 hours on steep slopes, with a local porter’s assistance. When you’re on the top, don’t forget to enjoy the bare board rock intruding out to the air. This is indeed one of the coolest site to take picture in Vietnam with the whole view of mountains and clouds behind your back.

 

Pha Luong peak has become a famous trekking site with the level of difficulty has dropped significantly yet the nature beauties has still been as wild and beautiful as they were in the past. Photo: @rubycharmm
Pha Luong peak has become a famous trekking site with the level of difficulty has dropped significantly yet the nature beauties has still been as wild and beautiful as they were in the past. Photo: @rubycharmm

 

What to eat in Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu)? Specialties in Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu)

 

Calf meat (Bê chao)

Soft sweet calf meat “chao” by hot oil in the pan, letting out the most irresistible taste that entrances anyone passing by. You can easily catch sight of “Be chao” restaurants along the National Road 6 (Quốc lộ 6), Tiểu Khu Chiềng Đi or Công Trường Mộc Châu town (Moc Chau Site Town). .

 

The veal is cut into small pieces and marinated with unique spices of Moc Chau. Photo: Collection
The veal is cut into small pieces and marinated with unique spices of Moc Chau. Photo: Collection

 

Grilled Stream Fish (Cá suối nướng)

One merit of Grilled Stream Fish is that you can eat both the meat and the bone. In addition, the Grilled Fish is tasty with the company of spicy fish sauce (mắm tỏi ớt) or chili sauce. It is highly recommended to eat Grilled Stream Fish with sticky rice, which never fails to amaze the diner.

 

Grilled spring fish should be savored with sour, spicy and sweet fish sauce. Photo: Collection
Grilled spring fish should be savored with sour, spicy and sweet fish sauce. Photo: Collection

 

Dried Buffalo Meat ( Thịt Trâu Gác Bếp)

The “leader” of Moc Chau’s specialties, dried buffalo meat  originally of Thai tribe, must never be missed in Moc Chau’s big events such as Tet Holiday or Wedding. Few have left Moc Chau without buying a little dried buffalo meat for souvenir.

 

The meat tastes sweet and chewy, best when accompanied with corn wine. Photo: Collection
The meat tastes sweet and chewy, best when accompanied with corn wine. Photo: Collection

 

Salmon

Nobody knows when people in Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu)  love eating salmon, but it will be with great regret that you don’t experience this culinary delight for your Vietnam package tour to the mountainous region. The cold weather of that land is considered as a catalyst for enhancing the dish’s value. You will feel warmer when savoring it with wasabi or mustard sauce.

 

Nậm pịa

This is a specialty of Thai people. The main ingredients of this dish are offal including stomach, blood, heart, liver heart, guts … and viscous water from inside the intestines of cows, goats and buffalo, horse called “Pia”, which is simmered.

 

This is a specialty of Thai people that is even more weird than thang co ( thắng cố) in Sapa. Photo: Collection
This is a specialty of Thai people that is even more weird than thang co ( thắng cố) in Sapa. Photo: Collection

 

Cai Meo ( Cải Mèo) vegetable

As simple as his town, Cai Meo ( Cải Mèo) is a one-ingredient dish featuring Cai Meo ( Cải Mèo). Rest assured since it won’t disappoint you with numerous tastes your tastebuds will feel with only a bite of it. A little bitter at first but it will pass soon, leaving a clear sweetness in your mouth. Although Cai Meo ( Cải Mèo)  Moc Chau can be used to add in hotpot, fried dish, chicken, its favorite style is the easy boiling and then served with a bowl of soy sauce or fish sauce.

 

Five-color sticky rice

Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) is one of the most vibrant hubs for minorities in Vietnam. Each tribe represents an exquisite color that it is proud of. Dao people add to the fun with their five-color sticky rice which is made of rice mixed with a range of herbal leaves, creating an irresistible dish for the local as well as visitors.

 

Due to different ingredients, the fragrances of each colored sticky rice will be different, too. Photo: Collection
Due to different ingredients, the fragrances of each colored sticky rice will be different, too. Photo: Collection

 

Some restaurants you should choose in Moc Chau- Son La:

64 Restaurant

  • Tel: +84 22 222 3798
  • Address: Chiềng Di Subregion, Mộc Châu. Locating on No. 6 national road from Hanoi to Moc Chau, far three- cross 5-7km from the town.

 

Thao Nguyen ( Thảo Nguyên) Restaurant

  • Tel: +84 223 669 888
  • Address: Moc Chau town

 

Loc Rung ( Lộc Rừng) Restaurant

  • Tel: + 84 222 466 843
  • Address: Chiềng Di Subregion, Mộc Châu

 

Phong Lan Restaurant

  • Tel: +84 912 188 204
  • Add: no. 14 Sub-region, Moc Chau town

 

Phuong Nga Restaurant

  • Tel: +84 22 3868 666
  • Address: no.13 Subregion, Moc Chau town

 

Where to stay in Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu)? Hotel, Homestay in Moc Chau (Mộc Châu)

 

Nha Ta (Nhà Ta) homstay

++ Address: Trần Huy Liệu ( Trần Huy Liệu) street, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) town, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

 

Nha Ta homstay - Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: @trang.peace
Nha Ta homstay – Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: @trang.peace

 

Moc Chau Arena Village

++ Address: 122/180 Highway No. 6, Chieng Di (Chiềng Đi), Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

 

Moc Chau Arena Village Homestay- Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: Collection
Moc Chau Arena Village Homestay- Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Happy Land 

++ Address: Lun ( Lùn) village, Muong Sang (Mường Sang) commune, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

 

Happy Land  Homestay-- Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: Mộc Châu 24h
Happy Land  Homestay– Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: Mộc Châu 24h

 

Nha Ben Suoi (Nhà Bên Suối) homestay

++ Address: Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) town, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

 

Nhà Bên Suối Homestay- Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: @airme.vn
Nhà Bên Suối Homestay- Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: @airme.vn

 

MAMA’s House 

++ Address: Dong Sang (Đồng Sang) commune, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

 

MAMA's House  Homestay- Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: Collection
MAMA’s House  Homestay- Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: Collection

 

Bo (Bơ) House homestay 

++ Address: Group 2, Phieng Luong ( Phiêng Luông) commune, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

 

Bơ House homestay - Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: @ocxacu
Bơ House homestay – Moc Chau travel guide. Photo: @ocxacu

 

Some beautiful Homestay in Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu):

 

– Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) Homestay

++ Address: Ang ( Áng) village, Dong Sang (Đông Sang) commune, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu ) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

–   Ut Thang (Út Thắng) Homestay

++ Address: Ang ( Áng) village’s pine forest, Dong Sang (Đông Sang) commune, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu ) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

– Muong Moc ( Mường Mộc ) Homestay 

++ Address: Phieng Luong (Phiêng Luông) commune, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu ) district, Son La (Sơn La) province. Mộc Châu, Sơn La.

–  Moc Chau Kien Nhung (Mộc Châu Kiên Nhung) Homestay

++ Address: Dong Sang (Đông Sang) commune, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu ) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

– Ban Mon (Bản Mòn) Homestay

++ Address: The fork of Mon (Mòn) village, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu ) town, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu ) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

– Hoa Ban Homestay

++ Address: Dong Sang (Đông Sang) commune, Moc Chau (Mộc Châu ) district, Son La (Sơn La) province.

 

With Moc Chau ( Mộc Châu) travel guide from A to Z, Have a nice trip!