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20:50 07/01/2023

Moc Chau, a four-season destination

Moc Chau Plateau, located in the northern mountainous province of Son La, about 180km north west of the capital Hanoi, has long been considered one of Vietnam’s most attractive destinations, especially when the plum trees blossom early in the year.

Moc Chau is cool and beautiful all year round. The pine forests in Ang Village, the Mu Nau plum valley, sunflower gardens, Moc Chau Tea Hill, Chieng Khoa, Fairy and Dai Yem waterfalls, Grassland 68, Bach Long (White Dragon) glass bridge, and Pha Luong Peak should not be missed.

In the spring, Moc Chau is resplendent in pure white plum flowers

When the spring sun shines on Moc Chau, the typical flowers of the northwest mountains race to show off, painting the landscape with white apricot flowers, plum blossoms, bright pink peach blossoms, brilliant yellow cabbage beds, and young green buds.

Moc Chau has many famous plum growing areas such as Pa Phach Village, and Mu Nau, Thung Cuong and Na Ka valleys. Usually, the plum trees start to bloom in mid-January to the end of February, but in 2022, many blossomed in early November.

Every spot covered by blooming flowers along National Highway 6 from Hanoi to Moc Chau is crowded with tourists. Backpackers who seek pristine beauty visit flower forests in remote villages.

A plum garden owner in Na Ka Valley said that while tourism has developed, the valley retains much of its original wild character. The most suitable time of the day to visit Na Ka is in the morning or early afternoon, from the beginning of winter to the end of May.

If you plan to visit Moc Chau in the autumn, don't miss the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day on September 2 with the Mong people. While the Mong people's traditional Tet (New Year) celebration usually takes place within the family or neighboring villages, the Independence Day festivities Tet is held throughout the area, including Moc Chau Town. Visitors can admire the beauty of traditional costumes, and immerse themselves in the Mong people's unique folk activities.

From May, plums begin to ripen and local growers harvest them and sell to traders in the lowlands. In summer, the highlands are suitable for picnics and walks because of the fresh air and many outdoor activities.

Ripe persimmon, a specialty of Moc Chau Plateau

The ripe persimmon season in Moc Chau usually runs from September to December, but it is most beautiful in mid-November and early December when the weather turns cold and the hillsides are dappled with the colorful trees.

In November, the highland is adorned in white by cauliflower, and in December by yellow wild sunflowers.

A new tourist draw is the 632-meter-long Bach Long (White Dragon) glass bridge that was crowned with a Guinness World Record for its length.

The bridge also set a second Guinness world record as it has the world's longest glass-bottom cliff side path measured at 327 meters. Inaugurated on the Reunification Day (April 30) in 2022, the bridge is suspended some 150 meters above a lush green jungle valley. The glass-floored bridge is the latest tourist attraction in Moc Chau. At the foot of the bridge is Muong Mooc Cave, also known as Chim Than Cave, with natural stalactites and stone sculptures that reflect the daily lives of the ancient Thai ethnic minority group.

A one-way bus ticket from Hanoi to Moc Chau costs VND160-250,000. The drive by bus or car takes 3.5-4 hours.

The 632-meter-long Bach Long (White Dragon) glass bridge was crowned with a Guinness World Record for its length

In recent years, Moc Chau District has been developing its farm produce branding, formed tourism-agriculture models and held Highland Tea Festival, Miss Dairy, fruit picking festivals and other events to attract visitors.

Vice Chair of Moc Chau District People's Committee Nguyen Thi Hoa said Moc Chau has been developing tourism as its spearhead economic sector, and has prepared a tourism development plan to 2025, with a vision to 2030.

Moc Chau District encourages cooperatives and businesses to build experiential tourism models and promote branding to develop agriculture on a sustainable basis.

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