Moc Chau is the central district of Son La province in the Northern of Vietnam. Domestic and international travelers alike have adored with the not-yet-to-be-exploited nature and immense yet poetic plateaus in Moc Chau. If you do not feel like staying in the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, read our guide to travel from Hanoi to Moc Chau and enjoy the adventurous nature here.
Distance from Hanoi to Moc Chau: 200 km
Dai Yem Waterfall - a check-in spot that cannot be missed in Moc Chau
Once in Ban Ang Pine Forest, you will be amazed at the number of pines and how fresh the air is. You can even try strawberry yogurt around this area
Moc Chau’s Accommodations: Homestays, Bungalows, Hostels, and Hotels
Bungalows in Moc Chau widely adored for their eye-catching decoration and the owners’ hospitality
If you come in the right season, you may have a chance to pick strawberries by yourself and taste them
Never been to Moc Chau? Check our First-time guide to Moc Chau for more fun suggestions
Recommended route: From Nguyen Trai - Thanh Xuan (Ha Dong direction), or from Lang Hoa Lac, go straight to Highway 6 and then make for Xuan Mai - Hoa Binh, then Cao Phong - Mai Chau. (At the end of this route, you may pass “Cot co”, which is a flagpole that indicates the distance; standing from this spot, you can look down to the valley of Mai Chau - Hoa Binh.
Unless you are confident enough in riding motorbikes and you have a group of friends to join, we do not suggest this means of transport to go to Moc Chau
Rental vehicles seem to be the most proper transport to travel from Hanoi to Moc Chau thanks to its flexibility. You have the freedom to stop by any spots on the route and admire the rustic beauty of the mountains. However, the journey can be dangerous since not every road has been renovated, and there are also a lot of hazardous loops with steep mountain passes. We do not recommend this transport if you are not familiar with mountainous roads in Vietnam or maneuvering the motorbikes.
Having said that, you can choose rental cars - with or without a personal driver. A private driver included definitely costs a bit higher (around VND 500,000/day), but that extra money can be shared if you travel in groups.
There are daily buses that run from My Dinh Bus Station and Yen Nghia Station to Son La Province, and the journey usually takes 6 hours. The only con of this transport is the fact that you will have to rent other vehicles to travel around Moc Chau.
Ticket price: VND 150,000 - 180,000/pax
Operating time: 5 AM - 9 PM
Buses in My Dinh Station are generally 45-seat
Yen Nghia Bus Station
Ticket price: VND 130,000 - 160,000
Operating time: 5 AM - 1 PM
Buses available Yen Nghia Station are smaller in size, which is often from 16 to 25-seat.
Limousines are the best choice if you have a little more money to spend on a comfy trip
Duration: 5 hours
Ticket price: VND 250,000 - 280,000/pax
Some trusted hotlines:
XVip: 0833 666 196
ADAM Viet - Xuan Trang - Pumpkin: 1900 575 725
Limousines often accommodate up to 25 seats, which are much more comfortable and cleaner than standard bus services, and there will be no situation of squeezing too many passengers into the vehicle since all seats must be pre-booked.
Moc Chau’s plum garden
Moc Chau is a perfect hide-out destination if you plan to get a retreat from all the urban scene. Take our guide into consideration to plan your trip from Hanoi to Moc Chau.
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