Moc Chau Vietnam is a mountainous district combined with a plateau located in the Southeast of Son La province, with a natural area of 1,081.66 km2 and is similar to Laos. Not only large, this place also has cool climate conditions and a favorable location, diverse ecosystems, especially the beautiful steppe area and natural landscapes. Therefore, this land is currently one of the hottest tourist destinations in the North of Vietnam, with exciting information about Moc Chau tourism you can find out in the article below.
I - Top best things to do in Moc Chau Vietnam
Moc Chau scene in spring - Source: Internet
1 - Walking on Moc Chau glass bridge
In Moc Chau Vietnam, there are currently 2 glass bridges holding many records, not only of Vietnam but also of the world, belonging to 2 tourist areas: Moc Chau Island and Dai Yem Waterfall.
Bach Long Glass Bridge
Inaugurated on May 28 (2022), this work entered the Guinness Book of Records as the longest pedestrian glass bridge in the world with a length of 632m. Located in Lon village of Muong Sang commune, Bach Long glass bridge belongs to Moc Chau Island, an entertainment complex based on the available topographical landscape of the Northwest nature. Standing in the middle of the bridge, you can fully admire the majestic and pristine beauty of the mountains and forests, with the stream flowing below, feeling the sun and wind brushing while breathing in the fresh air.
This Moc Chau glass bridge is made with 100% super clear and tempered glass from Saint Gobain of France, with 3 layers of 40mm thick glass that can bear up to 450 people. The bridge is painted white and bends around the craggy cliff, with a width of 2.4m spanning a depth of 150m, a simulated light and sound system, giving you an adventurous experience. Going to the end of Bach Long Glass Bridge, you will come to Muong Mooc cave, also known as Chim Than cave, with an area of 7,000m2 featuring natural stalactite structures and many ancient Thai stone sculptures.
After experiencing the glass bridge, you can also spend time playing in Moc Chau Island - there are many games, various photography, dining and Team Building areas. You can try participating in adventurous activities such as Bungee jumping, Zipline over the cliff, Abyss swing, hot air balloon, etc. You will also have the chance to admire and immerse yourself in the unspoiled landscape, with topographic and geological features of the Northwest with rocky cliffs and jagged cat ear rocks.
- Adults: 550,000 VND / ticket ($23.16)
- Children: 350,000 VND / ticket ($14.74)
Love Glass bridge in Moc Chau town
Moc Chau Vietnam glass bridge - Source: NDH
Officially put into operation in 2020, this modern Moc Chau glass bridge with famous 5D technology can be found in the interesting Dai Yem waterfall tourist area. Located in Vat village of Muong Sang commune, Love Glass Bridge is about 200m from Dai Yem waterfall and 9km from the center of Moc Chau town to the south. This work is made mainly from materials like steel and bulletproof glass, forming 10 clusters of hearts, under each of which are lotus petals making a lotus shape. Therefore, the Love glass bridge is undoubtedly a symbol representing passionate love and sweet feelings.
Located at a height of 22m, the 100m-long bridge firmly connects two mountain sides together, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding nature. Built with modern 5D technology, this Moc Chau glass bridge has more than 30 constantly changing effects such as thrilling “breaks,” heart shapes, flower blooms, fish swimming underfoot, etc. Standing on the glass bridge, visitors can observe the whole campus of Dai Yem waterfall tourist area from above, as well as taking check-in photos with "Dating Station", "Temple of Love", "Gate of the Sun" or rainbow-colored umbrellas.
Dai Yem Waterfall tourist area of Moc Chau Vietnam also converges many other entertainment areas such as adventure game area, resort area and food court. Exciting sports games such as kayaking on the stream, zipline swinging through the falls will also promise to bring you great moments when coming here. So, after experiencing the Moc Chau Love glass bridge, you should take the time to explore this entertainment tourist site.
- Adults: 100,000 VND / ticket ($4.2)
- Children: 50,000 VND / ticket ($2.1)
2 - Trekking to the waterfalls of Moc Chau Vietnam
Coming to Moc Chau, you can experience not only the feelings of walking among the tea hills, picking fruits at the plum orchards, but also being immersed in the cool air of the Northwest mountains. And among the experiences you can try, trekking trips to beautiful Moc Chau waterfalls will definitely leave you with unforgettable memories.
Dai Yem Waterfall
Source: Nguyễn Tiến Long
Dubbed the “treasure” of Moc Chau Vietnam, Dai Yem waterfall is located in Vat village of Muong Sang commune, also known as Nang or Ban Vat waterfall. Formed from Vat stream, this waterfall has a height of about 100m and is divided into two branches about 200m apart, with 3 floors on one side and 9 floors on the other. Both water flows are blocked by a limestone wall, rises and overflows to the lower bank, pouring down each stone step and creating a fanciful landscape. Dai Yem waterfall has a pure and wild beauty, amidst the tranquil natural scenery of the Northwest mountains.
According to many people's travel experience to Moc Chau Vietnam, the most ideal time for you to visit Dai Yem waterfall is from April to October. During this time, the amount of water from upstream poured down strongly, blowing white foam to create a both majestic and poetic landscape. Currently, the area surrounding Dai Yem waterfall has been expanded, with many beautiful miniature areas for you to take check-in photos. This wonder is being preserved and managed by Dai Yem Waterfall Tourist Area, converging many extremely interesting entertainment areas for you to experience.
Chieng Khoa Waterfall
Located 25km from the center of Moc Chau Vietnam, Chieng Khoa Waterfall belongs to the commune of the same name - also known as Cloud Waterfall, seven-leveled waterfall or “Tuyet Tinh Coc.” The name “7-leveled” is because it has 7 different floors, while the name “Cloud” is said by the people because the waterfall looks like a white cloud, with white bubbles forming layers of magical fog. Not a hot spot on the tourist map of Moc Chau, this place still retains its wild beauty, with clear jade blue water and moss-covered cliffs, creating a very impressive and unspoiled overall landscape.
For many years, Chieng Khoa waterfall still holds on to its quiet beauty in the middle of the mountains, but in recent years, more people know about this place. It is thanks to the Hoa Ban festival held in March every year in Chieng Khoa commune, helping its wild and pure beauty gradually attract more attention. This Moc Chau waterfall each season brings different charms, but the summer time around March - May is probably the best. You can comfortably enjoy the scenery, immerse yourself in the cool water, and let the music of nature melt away all the stress and worries from life.
- Ticket price: from 10,000 VND / person ($0.42)
3 - Top entertainment sites in Moc Chau Vietnam
Moc Chau has long been known as one of the three largest dairy farms in Vietnam, famous for its large-scale, modern, secure and natural grazing model. Coming to Dairy Farm, you will have a chance to see a large area with thousands of healthy cows, lounging around eating grass or lined up in the barn. They are all selected for breed and health, and carefully cared for, so the quality of Moc Chau milk is always guaranteed the best. This farm is open from 8am - 6pm with many covered areas, so you can freely visit and participate in activities held here regardless of the weather.
Dairy Farm Moc Chau Vietnam is not only a place to raise cows for milk, but also an attractive tourist spot because of the beautiful natural scenery. The immense green fields dotted with wandering cows, or colorful flower gardens surrounding the farm, have created an extremely poetic and peaceful scene. Coming here, you can also manually cut the grass to feed the cows, use the guided equipment to milk them as well as drink the milk that has just been “harvested” immediately. Don’t forget to buy a lot of specialties from clean and safe milk as gifts for family and friends such as yogurt, fresh milk, pasteurized milk, condensed milk with a variety of designs and products.
- Address: No.168 Hoang Quoc Viet Street, Nong Truong Moc Chau Town
- Ticket price: 20,000 VND / person ($0.9)
Moc Chau Happy Land in Moc Chau Vietnam
Also known as HappyLand flower garden, this is a large entertainment area up to nearly 5ha, possessing a huge four-season colorful flower valley. You can also find in Moc Chau Happy Land many lovely miniatures, a sheep farm, dining and resting area in the form of a unique homestay. To get beautiful check-in photos, you should check out the Northwestern ethnic costumes renting service, transforming into village boys and girls. Happy Land also has a mini fair market, allowing you to experience the unique upland culture, buy beautiful handicrafts and enjoy delicious specialties.
- Address: Lon Village, Muong Sang Commune, Moc Chau District, Son La Province
- Ticket price: 60,000 VND / person ($2.6)
4 - Sightseeing tea plantations in Moc Chau Vietnam
Moc Chau tea hills - Source: VOV
Coming to Moc Chau, you cannot ignore the romantic destination - the Heart Tea Hill, which is located in the On village of Nong Truong Moc Chau town. This unique natural landscape is also known as Taiwan's heart tea hill given that it is located in a joint venture with this country. The green tea beds are skillfully pruned by the farm workers and shaped in a beautiful heart, a symbol of love full of vitality and constantly blooming. This is considered the most beautiful spot for taking check-in photos in Moc Chau Vietnam.
Another famous place like Moc Chau Heart Tea Hill is Moc Suong Oolong Tea Hill, which is also beautifully shaped like a heart. Known by locals as Tan Lap Tea Hill because it is located in the commune of the same name (sub-zone 34), this place is a privately owned area with its own manufacturing factory. Coming here, in addition to sightseeing and taking photos, you will also have a chance to experience picking fresh tea buds, learn about the production process and buy tea products. The most beautiful time of the day to explore Moc Suong oolong tea hill is at dawn or at sunset, when the dew is still falling, so that the magic of nature gives you a feeling of relaxation.
5 - Conquering Pha Luong mountain peak
Source: Vũ Đăng Trường
Although not as high or majestic as other Northern mountains, Pha Luong peak is still the roof of Lao Cai with a height of over 2000m. Belonging to Tan Xuan commune, about 40km east of Moc Chau Vietnam, this mountain range is the natural boundary between Vietnam and Laos. If you want to climb Pha Luong, you need to ask permission from the border guard station, have a local guide with you to avoid getting lost, and the trip must not be extended to the next day. This mountain peak is not too high, the way up is only 6km long, so it is very suitable for those who want to conquer it in a day.
The distance to the top of Pha Luong is short but still quite challenging with steep slopes, in return the landscape is very beautiful and diverse from soaring maple jungle to romantic bamboo forest. Reaching the top, you will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the Northwest with clouds covered mountains, clearly observing the forests, villages and vegetation of both Vietnam and Laos. Going to Pha Luong, you also have the opportunity to enjoy different types of weather in a blink of an eye: sometimes it is a clear blue sky, then it is cloudy, you may even encounter a sudden rain of the forest.
6 - Camping in Ang village’s pine forest
If you have ever heard of the pine hills in Dalat, try visiting Ang village in Dong Sang commune of Moc Chau Vietnam, an interesting combination of immense green pine forest with a calm lake. The lake is as transparent as a mirror, reflecting the tiny houses on stilts, hidden among the soaring pine forests of Ang village, which will surely bring you a feeling of peace and tranquility. Coming here, you are free to walk, sightsee and camp in the middle of the forest, cycle around or row on the lake to enjoy the fresh climate and splendid nature, as well as learning about local culture.
In particular, going to the end of the Ang village’s pine forest, you will encounter Chimi strawberry farm, where you can harvest strawberries, enjoy the dishes and buy products from this fruit. If you are also interested in learning about the mountain villages in Moc Chau district, there are other villages you can visit such as Thung Cuong, Pa Phach, Long Luong, and so on. Thung Cuong is a small village of the Mong people, extremely beautiful with vast white cabbage fields covering both sides of the entrance. Meanwhile, Pa Phach is a flower paradise perched on the slopes of limestone mountains and primeval forests, with typical flowers of the Northwest.
7 - Exploring the caves of Moc Chau Vietnam
Hidden cave in Moc Chau - Source: Mia
Ngu Dong Ban On
This is a system of 5 limestone caves hidden deep under a mountain in On village, discovered by Moc Chau people after the historic flood in 2006. These stalactite caves correspond to the five elements Metal - Wood - Water - Fire - Earth, with beautiful shapes, carved by nature over thousands of years. Although Ngu Dong Ban On has appeared on the Moc Chau tourist map, due to the difficult terrain, not many people have come here. For that reason, this place still retains the pristine beauty, with beautiful natural scenery along the way and stalactites of unique shapes in the cave.
Another remarkable wonder in Moc Chau Vietnam is Bat Cave, also known as Son Moc Huong Cave, which is said to be the most beautiful cave in the Northwest. Located next to the National Highway 6 axis, this is not only a natural scenic spot, but also an archaeological site and historical relic of the resistance war. Covering an area of about 6915m2, it is also known as Sa Lai cave, meaning Water Cave in Thai language due to its fresh underground water source from the mountain, flowing all year round and never drying up. In the cave are magical spaces with countless stalactites of all shapes and sizes, reminiscent of images and things associated with many humanistic legends.
Suoi Bang Ghost Cave
This is a weirdly unique tourist attraction of Moc Chau Vietnam, including a system of 80 natural caves containing wooden coffins of the Xa people. Archaeologists have found in Suoi Bang ghost cave hollow tree trunks, dating back up to 500 years, lying on the cliffs and cave floors. To get to these ghost caves, you will have to go through the tangled roots of trees and vines, and then come to see the coffins lying around, with quite large bones and skulls inside. This trip is really suitable for those of you who like to explore and adventure, with the chance to try the unique Muong food.
8 - Picking plums in the valleys in Moc Chau plateau
- Ticket price: 20,000 - 30,000 VND / person ($0.9 - 1.3)
This village is said to have the most beautiful plum valley in Moc Chau Vietnam, which is likened to a paradise halfway up the mountain. Na Ka plum valley is located right on the road going to Tan Lap commune of Moc Chau District, about 8km from the center of Moc Chau Farm town. It is open all year round on all days of the week, from 7am - 6:30pm, but the best time is around January - February, when plum blossoms are in full bloom. The whole valley seems to be covered with a white silk, stretching across the craggy cliffs, on the small hill and the entire vast valley. Meanwhile, if you come to Na Ka plum valley in the April to May - season of ripe plums, you will have the opportunity to participate in picking and enjoying the fresh, sour red plums.
An emerging tourist destination in recent times is the beautiful Mu Na plum valley like a fairy scene, located on the highest mountain of Moc Chau Vietnam. The large space with primeval forests in harmony with plum and apricot gardens in full bloom will make you fall in love with the beauty of this highland town. On the small trail through this Moc Chau valley are simple stilt houses, looming under the hundred-year-old trees, dotted with early morning birdsong. The road to Mu Nau is quite difficult but the picturesque scenery will make you unable to falter, moreover, this is also a moderate difficulty trekking route in the Northwest that is loved by many young people.
Lesser known than the two names above, this is a plum valley in Moc Chau Vietnam located right behind the district administrative area and Sao Xanh hotel, about 7km from the town center. Phieng Khoang Peak is famous for its ancient plum trees, many of which are more than 50 years old, filled with fruit green and red bunches peeking out among the lush foliage. It brings about a feeling of quintessential and freshness in the middle of Northwest mountains. Besides experiencing as a farmer hand-picking and tasting ripe plums, you can also buy products from this fruit as a gift for friends or relatives.
9 - Taking check-in photos in Moc Chau Vietnam
Hang Tau Village
Located in a valley about 20km from the center of Moc Chau town, this place is likened to a primitive village because there is no electricity grid or modern technology. In Hang Tau, there are only long green lawns surrounded by mountains and forests, simple wooden houses of the H'Mong people, leisurely grazing cows and buffaloes. The "specialty" of this valley is its original simple beauty, like taking people back in time to hundreds, thousands of years ago. Coming to Hang Tau primitive village to take beautiful photos, you can rent some ethnic clothes or Bohemian style. You can also experience the ethnic life, participate in farming and raising livestock, learn how to make embroidery, and enjoy baked potatoes by the embers if staying the night.
- Ticket price: 30,000 VND / person ($1.3)
Going to the brilliant sunflower hill, sightseeing and capturing the best moments is definitely an option not to be missed when traveling to Moc Chau. Located in the Co Do sub-area towards Tan Lap heart tea hill, this is one of the most beautiful check-in points in Northwest Vietnam. The bright yellow color of the sunflower, mixed with the summer sun in the Moc Chau plateau, makes this place an ideal wedding photography destination for many young couples. In particular, there are attractive green spaces of lakes and romantic love bridges. You can freely check-in, feel the hypnotic beauty of the brilliant flowers under the sunlight of the Moc Chau steppe sky.
- Ticket price: 20,000 VND / person ($0.9)
This grassland belongs to the farm town of Moc Chau, bordering sub-zone 68 and sub-zone July 26. Like other grasslands, it was originally created for the purpose of raising livestock, so there is no entrance fee. Visiting Meadow 68, you will be mesmerized by a green color stretching to the horizon, with looming small farms like in Europe. There is no special architecture, only green grass at the feet, clear sky above, and windy space in front of you, but it is this somewhat rustic setting that is the most attractive. The best time to take photos here is early morning or sunset, when the light is not too strong, making the photos more dreamy and romantic. The space at Meadow 68 is perfect for you to wear soft, ethnic or Bohemian-themed outfits.
10 - Running the Vietnam trail marathon Moc Chau Vietnam
Organized by Topas, this trail marathon attracts many participants because of its challenging nature, meaning, and gainful experience. The running route Moc Chau is the result of many days of research, covering a variety of terrains and landscapes, including wild areas. You will be able to run through large gardens, which are seasonally filled with white, pink flowers or laden with berries. There are 4 levels of the Moc Chau marathon trail that you can choose from - 10km, 21km, 42km and 70km, going through rugged paths, fields, tea hills and even remote ethnic villages.
But you can't always catch the right occasion when the Vietnam trail marathon Moc Chau takes place. For those who are passionate about backpacking, surely the S-shaped Long Luong running track will be a perfect alternative. The two sides of this road are always filled with the green color of the majestic hills, and in spring or summer, they are also dotted with many colorful flowers. This soft and flexible S-shaped road back to Moc Chau has always been a beautiful photo spot, attracting many young people to stop and capture great moments in their journey.
II - Moc Chau Vietnam travel tips
1 - The best time to visit Moc Chau plateau
Moc Chau is a good land with an idyllic, rustic beauty, bold features of the Northwest mountains. Moc Chau weather has all four distinct seasons, with the outstanding feature being a temperate plateau climate, relatively low temperature and cool all year round. The annual average temperature is about 18 - 20ºC, the average rainfall is about 1,500 - 1,600mm and the average air humidity is 85%. Therefore, Moc Chau town is the right choice for your and your family's vacation outings at any time of the year.
Spring here lasts from February to April, when the tea plateau is sprouting green buds, adorned by the pink color of fading peach petals. Lasting from May to the end of August, summer is the time with the highest temperature of the year in Moc Chau Vietnam at about 28 - 32°C. This is also when this place becomes the most bustling and crowded, because people flock here to attend the plum-picking festival in Na Ka plum valley. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique cultural space with many diverse and attractive activities, typical of the Northwest region of Vietnam.
Autumn in Moc Chau starts from September to November, which is the most brilliant blooming time of wild sunflowers, along with endless buckwheat flower fields. In addition, you can also admire the eye-catching orange color of the persimmons in the harvest season, creating a picturesque natural scene. From December to the end of January is winter - the period when Moc Chau is impressive with the white valleys of apricot flowers and plum blossoms. In particular, you may also encounter rapeseed flower fields hidden under the cold of the mountain weather, covering the hillsides.
2 - Where to stay in Moc Chau Vietnam?
Source: MAMA's house
The most prominent form of accommodation here is eco-oriented, associated with mountains, lakes or forests, mostly house on stilts or community guesthouses. According to the experience of those who went before, you should choose homestays to best feel the beauty of Moc Chau and have the most memorable experiences.
Moc Chau town - Homestay
- Address: No.173, Sub-area 1, Road 6/3
- Price: 140,000 - 395,000 VND / room / night ($5.9 - 16.7)
- Contact: (+84) 965 282 996
- Address: Ang 3 Village in Dong Sang Commune
- Price: 238,000 - 349,000 VND / room / night ($10 - 14.7)
- Contact: (+84) 989 956 390
Moc Chau Eco Garden Resort
- Address: Bai Say Village, Muong Sang Commune
- Price: 1,365,000 - 1,810,000 VND / room / night ($57.5 - 76.2)
- Contact: (+84) 965 885 995
3 - What to eat in Moc Chau Vietnam?
In addition to specialties such as plum, tea or milk, Moc Chau is also famous for many delicious dishes, typically young veal, grilled stream fish, vegetables dipped in fish sauce, five-color sticky rice,… The stream fish here are usually round, marinated with special forest vegetables to create unique aroma and flavor, grilled over charcoal until golden. Meanwhile, salmon raised by ethnic people in Moc Chau has very delicious meat, famous for 6 ways of processing including Salad, Deep-Fried Salmon Skin, Hot Pot, Salmon Porridge, Grilled Salmon with Foil and Deep-Fried Salmon.
A strange dish you should also try in Moc Chau town is the fresh milk hotpot, with broth made from bones and vegetables, adding a moderate amount of milk to make it white and fragrant. When the hot pot starts to boil, the upper layer of milk begins to thicken and gives a fatty, fragrant taste, many restaurants even add corn for sweetness. In the past two years, Moc Chau is also famous as a place to create strawberries with quality not inferior to Japan or Korea. The ripe red fruits with a sweet and sour taste, if eaten with Moc Chau yogurt, are extremely addictive especially in the summer.
Moc Chau Vietnam, which is famous for its fields of flowers blooming all over and green tea plantations on hills, has long been a destination that captivates anyone who visits. This highland has a temperate climate all year round, so whether it's winter or summer, a warm sunny day or a white foggy day, it's still beautiful. Moc Chau has a gentle but attractive beauty, with a unique village culture as well as delicious cuisine, now developed for tourism with many restaurants, hotels, resorts, homestays,… With the above information, we hope you will have a pleasant trip to Moc Chau Vietnam.