Moc Chau is a dreamy region of the northern mountainous region. The area has beautiful traditional villages of Vietnamese hill tribes and is especially known for the many beautiful flowers ranging from plum blossom to cherry blossoms. There are also many hills with tea plantations where mainly young Vietnamese tourists come to take pictures.

5 reasons to visit Moc Chau

  1. Visit the most famous tea plantations in Vietnam.
  2. Take pictures of fields with flowers in bloom.
  3. Enjoy the view from off the beaten track vantage points such as Pha Luong and Ta Xua.
  4. Visit the Dai Yem waterfall
  5. Drive a motorbike or bicycle through the pine forest

Practical information

In short

Region

North Vietnam, Sơn La province

Number of residents

118.867

Recommended travel days

2 days

Vietnamese name

Mộc Châu

Money

There are ATM machines in Moc Chau town, but when you explore the area you have to bring cash.

Best travel time

  • The season of peach blossoms and plum blossoms blooms between February and March.
  • White orchids are in bloom around March and on March 26 there is also the Hết Chá festival.

What to see and do in Moc Chau

Best things to do

Mộc Châu offers you a world of intense tranquility and breathtaking nature. It is therefore not surprising that many groups of young Vietnamese travel to this place during the weekend or during their holidays to escape the hectic city life. Mộc Châu is known for its bright green tea plantations, which you can find on every hill. Newlywed Vietnamese wedding couples often travel to this area to have their wedding photos taken here in one of the countless flower fields.

1. Tea plantations
Some large tea plantations can be found in Chi Lon Village, Doi Che Trai Tim, about 20 km north of the city. There is a nice vantage point here. The most famous tea plantations in Moc Chau can be found in the Dai-loan area and the Tan-Lap area.

2. Flower fields
From the end of October to the beginning of November, the early winter of Moc Chau is the time when white mustard flowers gradually bloom. It seems that the entire mountainous area is covered by mustard carpets and a few other colored flowers, making it look like a wonderland.

3. Pha Luong
This 2000 meter high mountain is the roof of region and a much photographed place.

4. Ta Xua
Especially known for a special phenomenon around the mountains: the formation of thick clouds, which gives you the feeling that you are in heaven.

5. Dai Yem waterfall
In the rainy season a large amount of water flows into the waterfall, making the landscape majestic and poetic with the white color of foamy water.

6. Ban Ang pine forest
The Ban Ang forest has a natural lake with an area of ​​five hectares, surrounded by green pine forests. In the distance is the landscape of the Moc Chau plateau with the tea slopes and colorful flowers.

7. Hang Doi (Bat Cave)
Located northeast of the city of Moc Chau with an area of ​​6,915 square meters, the cave is remarkable with strange stalactites and a winding path that leads to it.

8. Stay in a homestay
For the best experience you can stay in a homestay.

9. Visit local villages
Moc Chau has a unique culture of ethnic minorities, mainly Hmong and Thai. The best thing you can do is rent a motorbike or scooter and drive to different villages or alternatively with a taxi or motorcycle taxi (Xe Om).

10. Chieng Khoa waterfall
Chieng Khoa Waterfall, also known as the Cloud Falls, is a small waterfall that has not yet been put into tourist activities, so it is quite wild and natural.

Most popular activities in Moc Chau

Favorited experiences, day trips and tours in Moc Chau booked by fellow travellers.

Authentic Mekong Delta tour (My Tho)

$53.00
  • Exploring a peaceful Island– hardly visited by other tourists.
  • Taking a bicycle and motorcycle to discover the countryside.
  • Rowing sampan along the wonderful canal without tourist.
  • Visit some local coconut workshops.
diner cruise Ho Chi Minh City over the Saigon river

Diner cruise on the Saigon River

$36.00
  • Enjoy delicious dinner with set menu.
  • Great views over the sky line of the city.
  • Traditional music performances.
  • Pick up and drop off at hotel.
Cai Be floating market Mekong Delta tour

Cai Be floating market & local Mekong Delta tour

$72.00
  • Learn how to make coconut candy, pop-rice, rice paper.
  • Visit fruit orchard and listen to traditional Vietnamese.
  • Visit local market and join a cooking class.
  • Make a bicycle ride through a village.
  • Visit a local pagoda and ancient house.
  • Rowing sampan along busy canals

Accommodation in Moc Chau

Where to stay

Moc Chau has two places, Moc Chau Town and Moc Chau Farm Town. Both have a number of hotels to choose from. If you go to Moc Chau on weekends or public holidays, it’s best to book in advance to make sure you have good accommodation.

Best hotels & hostels in Moc Chau

Budget hotels & hostels

  • Homestay Moc Chau
  • Moc Chau Town – Homestay

Mid range hotel

  • Sao Xanh hotel
  • Stella Moc Chau Hotel

High end hotel & resort

  • Muong Thanh Holiday Moc Chau

Food & drinking

Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants in Moc Chau. Many ethnics minorities live in Moc Chau-Son La; that is why the kitchen in the northwest is very diverse, plentiful and unique. If you stay in a homestay, you can book meals with traditional food from ethnic minorities and enjoy performances in some villages.

Transportation

How to get there?

Bus

The distance between Hanoi and Moc Chau is 190 km, so it takes around 4 to 5 hours to get there. Every day a number of buses leave for Moc Chau. Most start from the My Dinh bus station in Hanoi. All buses to Son La and Dien Bien also always pass by Moc Chau.

Alternatively you can take a direct tourist minibus including pick up and drop off at your accommodation.

How to get around?

If you want to explore the surroundings of Moc Chau you have to rent a motorbike or car with driver. Most hotels and homestays offer motorbike rentals with the average price of $ 10 per day. Often they can also help you arrange a car.

Itinerary 2 days Moc Chau

Day 1

Explore the beautiful surroundings of Moc Chau. Visit a number of tea plantations, flower fields, the pine forest and the Hang Dơi cave.

Day 2

Take the motor to Pha Luong, 33 km from Moc Chau Town. Hike up the mountain and don’t forget to bring your passport that you must show at the police station, since you are very close to the Laos border. Enjoy the great view.
Visit the Dai Yem waterfall on the way back.