Having a few days left in Hanoi and wondering what to do? Don’t waste your time being stuck inside the concrete buildings, but let’s go further to see what Vietnam has to offer. Moc Chau is a humble town roughly 5 hours away from the capital of Vietnam, and is blessed with incredible nature that is still unspoiled by tourist masses. See our guide for all tips and advice for Moc Chau Travel Guide.
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Clothing: Moc Chau’s climate is moderately cool all year round, so any warm yet breathable clothing will do, do prioritize pants and long-sleeved tops. In case it rains, you can find disposable ponchos at local shops.
Hiking shoes and other hiking essentials: for adventurers in Moc Chau, you wouldn’t say no to the hiking and trekking in the forests and caves here, so better come prepared the regret
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Moc Chau is a flourishing tourist destination, and with not much effort, you can find a pretty decent stay like a hotel or budget resort. However, for group travels looking for authentic local experiences, opt for a bungalow or a homestay. Overall, accommodations in Moc Chau offer scenic views, occasionally with tours led by local guides.
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Distance from Hanoi to Moc Chau: 200 km
Travel time: 5 hours
Ticket: from 150,000 VND/pax (bus); from VND 250,000/pax (limousine)
Bus station in Hanoi with buses to Moc Chau: My Dinh Station, Yen Nghia Station
To plan your itinerary and avoid scams, look for Hanoi - Moc Chau bus tickets online:
Duration: at least 5 - 6 hours
Motorbike rental cost in Hanoi: from VND 150,000/bike/day
It is tempting to ride a motorbike through mountain passes while admiring rural nature, but it’s advisable not to jeopardize your safety as the mountainous roads are quite undeveloped.
See our break-down for the best means to travel from Hanoi to Moc Chau
Thung Khe Pass
Google Maps location
Thung Khe Pass is not a part of Moc Chau per se but belongs to Mai Chau District (Hoa Binh Province). As you’re getting to Moc Chau from Hanoi via Highway 6, make a quick detour to the Thung Khe Pass or more locally known as the White Stone Pass because of its unique appearance. Be careful if you’re driving your own vehicle, as the deep curves and steep slopes can be quite a challenge. Some tourist buses also stop by this natural wonder for passengers to take pictures or enjoy some street snacks, so make sure to check with the operator.
The Thung Khe Pass is a famous stop for many tours from Hanoi to Moc Chau
Thanks to its favorable climate and topography, Moc Chau is home to endless plantations and flower fields, namely tea, buckwheat flowers, and plums. Visit Moc Chau during the springtime (January - March) to enjoy the flower fields blooming in profusion. Some Moc Chau’s fields worth checking out are Na Ka Plum Valley, heart-shaped tea plantation, white kale flowers (Cai Flower), and buckwheat flower field.
As one of the main tea growing regions in Vietnam, tea plantations are common sights to see along the roads
Na Ka Plum Valley from afar
Views of the flower fields are even more romantic during its blooming seasons
Get your trekking gears and cameras ready to experience the wilderness of Ang Village’s pine forest. “The little Da Lat of Northwest Vietnam” has a gigantic natural lake right beside the poetic pine forest. You can spend a day camping here, wander around, or spend some time with the villagers for a sense of authentic ethnic lifestyle.
Strike some poses at the mighty forests
Then visit the strawberry farms nearby for fresh strawberries and smoothies
Hua Tat Village is where you can immerse in not only the endless rows of pine trees but also the cultural atmosphere of the many H’mong families residing here. Some group tours from Hanoi to Moc Chau sometimes spend quite some time here to learn about the traditional local traits.
Follow the locals to learn more about their cultures
As the land of many unknown wonders, Moc Chau also offers stunning views to some gorgeous waterfalls in Vietnam, and on top of the list is Dai Yem Waterfall. The best time to see Dai Yem Waterfall is from April to September.
Dai Yem is roughly translated as "long pieces of silk", and we can see where it's got such a delicate name
Conquer Pha Luong Board Peak - What to do in Moc Chau
Google Maps location
The top of Pha Luong Mountain in Moc Chau overlooks the majestic natural scenery of the Vietnam-Laos’ border. You will need to be accompanied by a local guide to reach the peak, and no one is allowed to stay overnight in this border area, so camping is out of the question.
Epic photo opportunities at the Phu Luong Board Peak, on the left side is Laos and Vietnam is on the right side
The cave system is a part of a remote hill, newly discovered by locals in 2006 when people were fleeing from a major flood. The location is hidden in a coarse and treacherous forest that it takes an audacious traveler to reach the caves. Get your trekking gears and camera ready to admire the mysterious beauty of Ngu Dong Ban On.
The mystic beauty of Moc Chau's most impressive cave system
Though this is not quite like your Bat Man’s fantasy, the mighty appearance and history of which can take you aback. The Bat Cave used to be home to thousands of bats (hence the name), a secret military base during the many wars in Vietnam, and now it is crowned as the most beautiful cave in Vietnam, frequently visited by travelers and archeologists.
As the old saying goes, "There's always light at the end of the tunnel"
The traditional Moc Chau’s spirit is pretty what you’d look for in good alcohol: natural ingredients and fermentation, smooth, and is claimed to not give you a hangover! Moc Sa Wine made from corns and herbs; such distinguished flavor has made Moc Sa Wine a gift from Moc Chau, and from Northern Vietnam in general. You can look for a bottle at a local Hanoi’s souvenir shops to try the alcohol if you have never been to Moc Chau.
Price: VND 65,000/500ml bottle
Mellow down at night with some shots of Moc Sa Wine
It is a staple dish of the Thai people in Northwest Vietnam, so when you’ve got a chance to be in Moc Chau in particular, join the locals to try the one-of-a-kind buffalo jerky which is heavily marinated before being dried in the kitchen above the stove. Thit Trau Gac Bep is a perfect snack with some Moc Sa Wine, or you can bring some home to enjoy with a nice cold beer.
The unique drying method creates such a distinguished aroma for the jerky
Vietnamese cuisine is famed for its many amazing rolls wrapped in rice papers, and Moc Chau rolls are no exception. The rolls usually have beef (mainly calf’s beef) as the highlight, wrapped with wild herbs, unripe banana slices, etc. A small bowl of dipping sauce is what weaves every ingredient together.
The beef here is freshly made with specialized recipes
Other than beef, goat meat is also a favorite
Grilled fish/fried fish
Moc Chau’s grilled fish is certainly not a Michelin-quality dish, but with simple ingredients and cooking methods, this rustic dish can bring the freshest taste from rivers to tables. Grilled fish or fried fish can easily be found at a local homestay, or even better, you can go to a nearby river and fish for your own meal.
Freshly-caught grilled fish is a usual main dish in Moc Chau's meals
The nationwide favorite dessert originates from Moc Chau, so there’s nowhere else better to taste this special yogurt than in its hometown. Besides the typical layer of yogurt on top, scoop in a little bit for a fun chew of the purple sticky rice lying beneath.
The yogurt is appealing from its look to taste
Compared to its fame, Moc Chau is still a rural tourist destination, so book your tickets now to this incredible land! We hope our blog on what to do in Moc Chau can be your trusty guide book, but feel free to go-off-the-script to gain more precious memories in Vietnam.
Further reading for your First Time in Moc Chau
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