Around 200km west of Hanoi, Moc Chau plateau is located 1,000m above the sea level. The area of the grass-field accounts for more than 14,000 hectares and suitable for animal husbandry, tea planting and other agriculture. Moc Chau boats a pioneering dairy industry launched in the late 1970s with the Australian and UN assistance. The dairy provides Hanoi with fresh milk, sweetened condensed milk and little tooth-rotting bars like banh sua. The town is a good place to taste fresh milk and yoghurt.
Moc Chau also produces some of Vietnam’s best tea with black tea for export and domestic consumption. The surrounding area is home to several ethnic minorities, including Green Hmong, Dao, Thai and Muong.
It is possible to break up a trip to this place from Hanoi to Son La or Dien Bien Phu. There are certainly worth place to be stuck for the night. Moc Chau is an ideal escape for weekends with cool climate in the summer. Be aware that during the winter, from Jan to Feb, the temperature at nights can fall to zero. Visitors are advised to pack appropriate clothes. The best time to visit is from November to March, with great opportunity to see the spring blossom of peaches and plums.
Some spotting interests include Bat cave, Moc Chau pine forest, Dai Yem fall and of course, hills of tea plantation in the town.