MOC CHAU → Tea Plantations + Tips

Moc Chau – Vietnam (Travel guide). Beautiful valley in Moc Chau district – Moc Chau Plateau.

ℹ️ Information about Moc Chau
🚍 How to get to Moc Chau
☀️ Weather in Moc Chau
🏡 Accommodation in Moc Chau
🔍 Interesting sites in Moc Chau
📍 Map of interesting places
🎫 Book Tickets to Moc Chau

Moc Chau: Tea Plantations and Nature.

    • Moc Chau (Mộc Châu) is a district of Son La province and its capital is of the same name. It is a large mountainous and hilly region. It lies about 200 km from Hanoi to the west at an altitude of 1,050 m. It’s a very good stop between Son La city and Mai Chau city. If you come here, I recommend you stay a few days in this beautiful area of tea plantations, flowering fruit gardens, farms and flowers.

Do you want to see flowering trees and shrubs in perfect contrast? Come in spring.

    • During the autumn and spring in Moc Chau plateau its a tea tree celebration and the plum and peach trees are also blooming. For example, the plum trees are blooming in early February. Be careful before visiting the fields where these trees are. Due to the inappropriate behavior of some travelers you need to pay an entrance fee in some areas. Moc Chau has a temperate climate. The average temperature in the summer is 20 °C, and it looks as if the area has been painted in green colours. Spring is warm and it is the best time to visit. The autumn is a little bit cold.
Woman from the Hmong ethnic group in Pa Phach village, close to Moc Chau.

You will see the breathtaking scenery of the large valley in the north.

    • The area is inhabited by the people of different ethnic minorities. A lot of the Thai and Hmong people live here but there are also other minorities are in this area – Dao, Kho Mu, La Ha Tay. The most beautiful places to visit in Moc Chau are the pine forest in the village of Ang, Dai Yem waterfall, Pa Phach village or Doi cave and Tan Lap Tea Hill. And, of course, green tea plantations and beautiful hills around the city. There are also several farms with cattle and flower fields. Moc Chau is a significant producer of high-quality milk and tea.

Accommodation in Moc Chau

Dai Yem Waterfall attracts many visitors from Moc Chau town.

    • Dai Yem Waterfall (Thác Dải Yếm) is an easily accesible nice and big waterfall, only about 10 km from Moc Chau town. You can travel from Moc Chau town to Dai Yem Waterfall by motorbike (very easy and smooth road), bicycle or private taxi. Now it is already a popular tourist attraction and all the visitors and travelers are welcome. There is a parking lot at the Dai Yem Waterfall.
Dai Yem Waterfall in Moc Chau.

“The market of Love“ – watch the relationship introductions of ethnic people.

    • In autumn, the Moc Chau also hold their “love market“, which lures into this region many young Hmong people to give traditional gifts which have been exchanged for centuries, confess their love and promise that they would continue courting even into the following year.
    • A few months before the love market, girls aged 15 to 17 prepare their colorful and beautiful costumes and boys play on the musical wind instrument Khen which they dance to. This instrument is created from seven or eight pairs of bamboo tubes. Recently, however, there has been a drop in the number of boys who can do this performance. Watch a nice documentary about the “Love Market“.
Viewpoint at the town of Moc Chau.

There are various festivals of the Hmong and Thai people in Moc Chau.

    • On Independence Day, September 2nd there is a large festival of Thai people, where you can see many interesting customs and traditions, or you can buy local goods. People from ethnic groups meet here in order to establish relationships and find a partner. The whole city shines with bright colors and music plays everywhere.
    • Another important festival in Moc Chau is the Het Cha festival. Het Cha takes place from 23 to 26 March every year. It is mainly aimed at a celebration of the new crop and food production in this fertile region. You can meet the residents of the ethnic groups of Hmong and Thai in the town. You can also go to Laos, the border is about 40 km from Moc Chau town.
Moc Chau - festival
Celebrations and festivals of ethnic people in Moc Chau are important for the entire region.

If you stay longer in Moc Chau, rent a motorbike for excursions of this area.

    • If you stay longer in Moc Chau and you want to explore the surroundings, you will have to rent a motorbike/scooter or, alternatively, use the taxi, mototaxi (Xe Om). Interesting and beautiful places are also located in the far surroundings, eg. a few kilometers from the city. For example Doi Che Trai Tim tea plantations, Na Ka Plum Valley, ethnic villages or beautiful Chieng Khoa Waterfall (Thác Chiềng Khoa).

Bus Tickets from Hanoi to Moc Chau

Chieng Khoa Waterfall, 30 km from the town, offers a nice trip to nature.

    • Chieng Khoa Waterfall (Thác Chiềng Khoa, also known as Cloud Waterfall) is not so visited by foreign tourists because it is about 30 km from Moc Chau city center. The only way how to get there is to travel by motorbike. Almost all the way you will travel in the beautiful sceneries, you will see tea plantations, nature and mountains. Chieng Khoa is a seven-floor waterfall and it is about 3 km from Chieng Khoa village in the east part of Moc Chau district (marked in map, or followe Google maps). If you come to the spot and you will not be able to find the way to the waterfalls, ask local people.
Chieng Khoa Waterfall, about 30 km from Moc Chau town.

Moc Chau offers a unique view to the life of ethnic people in the area.


    • Moc Chau is the place where a large part of the population is formed by ethnic groups such as Hmongs or Thai. The whole area is a place of ethnic villages, where we can still observe the original customs and traditions of the people, such as dressing in colorful costumes.
    • Many of the ethnic residents of Moc Chau live in wooden huts in contact with nature, but we also have to say, that brick houses are slowly starting to appear and replacing these huts. However, this area offers a unique and authentic view to the life of these people.

Accommodation in Moc Chau (good reviews):

▶️ The November Moc Chau
▶️ Lavalee Bungalow
▶️ Muong Thanh Holiday Hotel
▶️ Ben’s Hotel
▶️ Doi House
▶️ Vhouse Moc Chau
▶️ Green Hotel Moc Chau

Chieng Di village in Moc Chau.

In the vicinity of Moc Chau you can find some interesting viewpoints.

    • It is important not to stay in the city because you will not find much there. What is important, is how you will move there and again I must recommend a motorbike, because the vast majority of nice places and nature is a few kilometers from the city. Several interesting sightseeing points of the surrounding area are located, for example, at the village of Chieng Di, near the main road QL6 (Chieng Di I and Chieng Di II), about 15 km from the city of Moc Chau.
    • The entire passage along this road, up to 25 km along this route, offers a couple of nice views, nice sceneries, and if you go deeper into the neighborhood, of course, even ethnic villages. On some places you will pay a small fee for entrance (10 000-40 000 VND), which is levied by local ethnic residents.
Viewpoint at the Chieng Di village, about 15 km from Moc Chau.

The very large areas of hilly tea plantations are located around the city.

    • Tea plantations in Moc Chau can be seen almost immediately upon arriving in the city from the east, from the main roads QL43 and QL6. Especially in Hoa Banh (Phieng Luong), Tien Tien, Phieng Ha … in the east of the city. Some other large tea plantations in Cho Long Village – Doi Che Trai Tim, about 20 km north of the town, you have to travel by motorcycle or taxi (or mototaxi).
    • There is a nice viewing peak in this tea plantation, there is a nice view of the surroundings. On some tea plantations tea can be tasted and, of course, you can buy tea. Eg. tea from the Doi Che Trai Tim, Shan Thuet 0.5 kg, I bought for 100 000 VND. Prices can be different according to quality and type of tea and area.

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Tea plantations – Doi Che Trai Tim, about 20 km from the Moc Chau town.

One of the most popular and visited sites in Moc Chau – Bach Long Glass Bridge.

    • Bach Long Glass Bridge is located across two mountains, this incredible glass bridge spans a total length of 290m, with a jaw-dropping 342m craggy part on the cliff. The bridge deck measures 2.4m wide, while the glass road on the cliff is 1.5m wide, and the views from the top are nothing short of breathtaking! But the Bach Long Glass Bridge is just one of the many attractions at Moc Chau Island. There’s also a high-class tourist and entertainment complex that boasts a zipline, coaster slide, lawn slide, indoor and outdoor children’s play area, souvenir area, glass bottom infinity pool, hotel, villas on the mountainside, campsite, bamboo restaurant, and event square.
    • The Bach Long Glass Bridge also leads to the magnificent Chim Than Cave, also known as God Bird Cave. This natural wonder is home to stunning stalactites that have been part of local legends for centuries. The bridge itself is supported by two 30m-high towers and Korean bearing cables, with a deck made of super tempered glass from Saint Gobain of France, featuring three layers of thick glass for ultimate safety and durability. Bach Long Glass Bridge is about 10 km from Moc Chau town, in Muong Sang commune.
Bach Long Glass Bridge is the most visited site in Moc Chau.

🚍 How to get from Hanoi to Moc Chau:

    • fom Hanoi to Moc Chau by bus/van – buses or vans/minivans from Hanoi go from My Dinh or Yen Nghia bus stations
    • some private companies can go from another bus stations
    • buses and minivans go through the all day
    • travel by bus/van from Hanoi to Moc Chau can take about 4-5 hours.
    • you can travel from Hanoi to Moc Chau by comfortable limousine/van
    • bus companies to Moc Chau: Xuan Trang Limousine, Thanh Chung
    • bus tickets from Hanoi to Moc Chau cost about $8-12/pp
    • Book bus tickets from Hanoi to Moc Chau online on Baolau ➜ or ➜

You can also take a bus from Hanoi to Mai Chau (about 60 km from Moc Chau). Mai Chau is very good place for stop. You can reach Moc Chau with local buses from the town of Son La and Ninh Binh. There is no train connection in Moc Chau town.

Limousine of Xuan Trang company from Hanoi to Moc Chau, ticket costs only about $9-10 (photo: Baolau).

🚍 How to get from Mai Chau to Moc Chau:

    • There is possible to take a bus/express from Mai Chau to Moc Chau. Some buses (also sleeper) go also from Tong Dau to Moc Chau, Tong Dau is about 4km from Mai Chau.
    • Ask at your hotel/homestay for current timetable and another possibilities.
    • You can also rent a motorbike in Mai Chau and travel on your own, nice and easy route.

☀️ Weather in Moc Chau + The Best Time to Visit:

The weather in Moc Chau is characterized by two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. You can also check Current weather in Moc Chau.

    • The dry season in Moc Chau lasts from October to March, with January being the driest month. During this time, the weather is cool and dry, with clear blue skies and low humidity. The temperature ranges from 15°C to 25°C, making it an ideal time to visit Moc Chau for outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, and sightseeing.
    • The rainy season in Moc Chau starts in April and lasts until September, with July and August being the wettest months. During this time, the weather is warm and humid, with frequent rain showers and thunderstorms. The temperature ranges from 20°C to 30°C, with high humidity levels. Although the scenery is lush and green during the rainy season, it may not be the best time to visit Moc Chau due to the increased risk of landslides and flooding.
    • The best time to visit Moc Chau is from October to March, during the dry season. This is when the weather is pleasant, and the landscape is at its most beautiful. The cool, dry air is perfect for outdoor activities, and the blooming flowers and blossoming trees make for stunning photo opportunities. If you’re planning to visit Moc Chau during this time, be sure to bring warm clothing as temperatures can drop significantly at night.

🏡 Accommodation in Moc Chau / Where to stay:

Moc Chau has a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences. Here are some of the most popular types of accommodation in Moc Chau:

    • Hotels and Resorts: Moc Chau has a number of hotels and resorts that offer comfortable and luxurious accommodation. These hotels range from budget-friendly options to high-end resorts with amenities like swimming pools, spas, and restaurants.
    • Homestays: Homestays are a popular option for visitors who want to experience the local culture and way of life. Homestays in Moc Chau offer guests the chance to stay with a local family, enjoy traditional meals, and participate in daily activities.
    • Guesthouses: Guesthouses are a budget-friendly option for travelers who want basic accommodation with basic amenities like a bed, bathroom, and Wi-Fi. These guesthouses can be found throughout Moc Chau, and they offer a comfortable stay for those on a tight budget.
    • Camping: For the adventurous travelers, camping is a popular option in Moc Chau. There are several camping sites in the area, which offer a chance to experience the beauty of the countryside and the night sky.
    • Bungalows: Bungalows are another option for those who want a unique accommodation experience. These standalone houses offer privacy and comfort, and they are usually situated in scenic locations.

Accommodation in Moc Chau (homestays, hotels) – Book Here

Hostels, guesthouses, homestay in Moc Chau
Vhouse Mộc Châu ★★★★Mường Thanh Luxury Moc Chau ★★★★
Thao Nguyen Resort ★★★★Moc Chau Arena village ★★
Ben's hotel ★★Hoa Ban guesthouse ★
Nhà Ta HomestayHua Tat homestay
Minh Hảo guesthouse ★★Moc Chau Xanh guesthouse ★


🔍 Places of Interest in Moc Chau:

📍 Moc Chau – tourist map:

Frequently Asked Questions + Tips for Moc Chau:

1. How to book bus tickets or private car from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • It is possible to book bus tickets or car from Hanoi to Moc Chau on Baolau or

2. Is there a flight from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • No, there are no flights to Moc Chau from Hanoi, Moc Chau has no airport.

3. How to move and explore Moc Chau?

    • The best option is to travel on your own, e.g. you can rent a motorbike. IDP is necessary if you want to drive a motorbike in Vietnam. You can book your motorbike in Hanoi online with Bikesbooking. Roads in Vietnam are dangerous, drive carefully and slowly. There are also some local buses between Moc Chau and Mai Chau or Moc Chau and Son La town.

4. What is the travel time from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • Travel by tourist bus or minivan from Hanoi to Moc Chau takes about 4-5 hours.
    • Travel by motorbike from Hanoi to Moc Chau takes about 6-7 hours.

5. How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • Travel by tourist bus or minivan from Hanoi to Moc Chau costs about $8-11/pp.

6. How far is Moc Chau from Hanoi?

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang town is about 200 km by tourist bus or motorbike.

7. What is Moc Chau known for?

    • Moc Chau is known for its stunning natural beauty, with lush green tea plantations, scenic valleys, and rolling hills. It is also known for its unique cultural heritage, with ethnic minority groups like the Thai, H’mong, and Dao people living in the area. Additionally, Moc Chau is famous for its dairy industry, producing high-quality milk and dairy products.

8. What are the top tourist attractions in Moc Chau?

    • Moc Chau has many popular tourist attractions, including the Moc Chau Plateau, the Pine Forest, the Dai Yem Waterfall, the Pha Luong Peak, the Pa Phach Village, and the Bat Cave. You should also see and visit Bach Long Glass Bridge.

9. What is the best time to visit Moc Chau?

    • The best time to visit Moc Chau is from October to March during the dry season, when the weather is cool and dry, and the landscape is at its most beautiful. This is the perfect time for outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, and sightseeing.

10. What kind of accommodation options are available in Moc Chau?

    • Moc Chau has a range of accommodation options, including hotels and resorts, homestays, guesthouses, camping sites, and bungalows. There are options to suit all budgets and preferences.

11. What should I pack for a trip to Moc Chau?

    • If you’re visiting Moc Chau during the dry season (October to March), it’s important to bring warm clothing as temperatures can drop significantly at night. If you’re visiting during the rainy season (April to September), be sure to pack waterproof clothing and sturdy shoes.

12. What are some popular activities to do in Moc Chau?

    • Some popular activities in Moc Chau include trekking, hiking, cycling, exploring the tea plantations, visiting local villages, and trying the local cuisine.

13. Is it safe to travel to Moc Chau?

    • Yes, Moc Chau is generally safe for tourists. However, it’s important to be cautious and take necessary precautions, like carrying your valuables with you and avoiding traveling alone at night. It’s also recommended to check travel advisories and weather conditions before your trip.

14. How to travel solo in Vietnam?

    • Discover the wonders of solo travel in Vietnam as you explore ancient temples, cruise through scenic landscapes or karst sceneries, hike various national parks and ethnic villages and connect with the warm-hearted locals, creating a personalized journey of cultural immersion and breathtaking experiences.

15. What are the most interesting things + facts about Vietnam?

    • Vietnam, a country with a captivating allure, is celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, including the mesmerizing limestone karsts of Halong Bay, the terraced rice fields of Sapa, and the bustling waterways of the Mekong Delta. Its rich history unfolds through ancient temples in Hanoi, the imperial city of Hue, and the Cu Chi Tunnels, providing a glimpse into Vietnam’s resilience during wartime. The country’s vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality further enhance the allure of this Southeast Asian gem. Read this: 15 Interesting Things of Vietnam.

16. What to expect from Vietnam Culture?

    • Expect a vibrant cultural tapestry in Vietnam, characterized by traditional values, a strong sense of community, and a deep-rooted respect for family. You’ll encounter a fusion of French, Chinese, and indigenous influences in art, architecture, and cuisine. Traditional water puppetry, folk music, and dance performances showcase the country’s artistic flair. The importance of rituals and festivals in daily life adds a colorful dimension, while the warmth and friendliness of the Vietnamese people make for a welcoming and enriching cultural experience.


Interesting Facts about Moc Chau: Description
1. Plateau Paradise:

Moc Chau unfolds as a plateau paradise in the northwest of Vietnam, characterized by rolling hills, vast meadows, and a temperate climate. The region’s elevation contributes to its refreshing ambiance, making it a sought-after destination for those seeking respite from the tropical heat. The Moc Chau plateau, with its expansive landscapes, provides a canvas for a myriad of experiences, from scenic tranquility to vibrant cultural encounters.

2. Lush Tea Plantations:

Moc Chau is synonymous with lush tea plantations that carpet the hillsides in vibrant shades of green. The region’s cool climate and fertile soil create an ideal environment for tea cultivation. Visitors to Moc Chau have the opportunity to stroll through endless rows of tea bushes, witnessing the meticulous harvesting process and gaining insights into the artistry of tea production. The aroma of freshly brewed Moc Chau tea permeates the air, adding to the sensory allure of the landscape.

3. Moc Chau Flower Fields:

During the blooming season, Moc Chau transforms into a floral wonderland, with expansive flower fields blanketing the hillsides. Fields of cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, and various wildflowers paint the landscape in hues of pink, white, and violet. The sight of these blossoms against the backdrop of Moc Chau’s greenery is a visual symphony that captivates the senses, offering a fleeting yet enchanting spectacle that defines the region’s natural beauty.

4. Dai Yem Waterfall:

Dai Yem Waterfall, also known as „Pink Blouse“ Waterfall, cascades gracefully in the heart of Moc Chau. The name originates from the shape of the waterfall, which resembles a pink blouse draped over the rocks. The tranquil ambiance surrounding Dai Yem invites visitors to marvel at the cascading waters, providing a serene escape into nature. The waterfall’s poetic charm and the surrounding lush landscapes make it a popular spot for both relaxation and exploration.

5. Hill Tribe Communities:

Moc Chau is home to diverse hill tribe communities, including the H’mong, Thai, and Dao ethnic groups. Each community contributes to the cultural tapestry of Moc Chau, showcasing unique traditions, colorful attire, and distinctive crafts. Engaging with these communities provides an opportunity to delve into the rich cultural heritage that thrives in the highlands. From traditional dances to handicrafts, the hill tribe communities of Moc Chau offer an immersive experience that deepens understanding and appreciation for Vietnam’s ethnic diversity.

6. Son Moc Huong Cave:

Son Moc Huong Cave, adorned with mesmerizing stalactite formations, is a subterranean wonder tucked within Moc Chau’s landscapes. Exploring the cave is a journey into the depths of the earth, where intricate limestone formations create a surreal underground landscape. The cave’s name, „Moc Huong,“ translates to „Aromatic Wood,“ evoking the sensory experience of wandering through its chambers. Son Moc Huong Cave adds a touch of mystique to Moc Chau’s attractions, inviting adventurers to uncover its hidden beauty.

7. Pine Forests and Thung Lung Do:

Moc Chau’s landscape is adorned with expansive pine forests, and Thung Lung Do (Red Valley) stands out as a captivating destination within this verdant expanse. The contrast of the green pine trees against the red soil creates a visually striking panorama. Thung Lung Do is not only a scenic marvel but also a haven for those seeking tranquility amid nature. The gentle rustling of pine needles in the breeze and the panoramic views make it an ideal spot for contemplation and relaxation.

8. Moc Chau Strawberry Farms:

Moc Chau’s temperate climate provides an ideal environment for cultivating strawberries, and the region is renowned for its strawberry farms. Visitors can experience the joy of picking fresh strawberries directly from the fields, savoring the sweetness of these luscious fruits. The strawberry farms of Moc Chau not only offer a delightful gastronomic experience but also showcase the agricultural richness of the plateau, highlighting the region’s role as a bountiful agricultural hub.

9. Moc Chau Dairy Farm:

Moc Chau’s cool climate and expansive meadows provide an ideal setting for dairy farming, and the Moc Chau Dairy Farm is a testament to the region’s agricultural prosperity. The farm, with its sprawling landscapes dotted with grazing cows, offers a pastoral escape. Visitors can witness the dairy production process, indulge in fresh dairy products, and enjoy the serene ambiance of the farm. The Moc Chau Dairy Farm is not just a culinary delight but also a celebration of rural life in Vietnam.

10. Thac Mo Waterfall:

Thac Mo Waterfall, situated amidst Moc Chau’s pristine landscapes, captivates with its cascading beauty. The waterfall, surrounded by lush greenery, invites visitors to revel in the soothing sounds of flowing water and immerse themselves in the refreshing spray. Thac Mo is not only a natural spectacle but also a haven for those seeking moments of serenity. The journey to the waterfall, through Moc Chau’s scenic routes, adds an element of adventure to the experience, making it a memorable highlight of the plateau.


➡️ Where to go from Moc Chau:

You can continue to Son La, Mai Chau, Nghia Lo (Yen Bai), Ninh Binh.

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