Thuan Chau Son La
Thuan Chau Son La

Son La Travel Guide

Son La is a mountainous province in the North West of Vietnam. Son La City, the capital of the province, is 300km from Hanoi via either Road No. 6 from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu or via Route 32 and Route 37 via Phu Tho.

Adventure Travel & Ecotourism, Things To Do and Tourist Attractions in Son La

1/Son La City offers to the passer-by travellers and tourists a hot-spring and the infamous prison from the French's times. Around the city, there are Black Thai Villages which can be visited on foot, by motorbike or by bicycle.

Son La former prison
Son La former prison

2/From Hanoi if you travel to Son La via Road No. 6, then you’ll be passing through Hoa Binh on mountainous roads. The road goes up all the way to Moc Chau Plateau which is over 1,000m above sea level with temperate climate all year round. Moc Chau offers huge potential for relaxing holidays, vacations to get away from the summer heat in Hanoi, bike tours and easy trekking tours.

Mountains at Moc Chau Plateau
Mountains at Moc Chau Plateau

 3/Continuing further on Route 6 from Moc Chau to Son La, the road goes down all the way to Yen Chau. There are several valleys by the road side that you can have lovely photos of them from above.

Yen Chau
An idyllic valley at Yen Chau

4/It is quite flat from Yen Chau to Mai Son District and Na San, and Son La City along Route 6. The mountains on both sides of the road are still wild and lovely. There are lovely Thai villages at Na San that you can visit on trekking tours by AdventureGreen.

Na San Airfield
Na San Airfield

5/If you continue northwestwards past Son La City on Route 6, then the road goes up suddenly and the temperatures are quickly lower in Thuan Chau. The landscape changes also with higher mountains and more forests. Before you reach Dien Bien, you’ll have to climb the 32km mountain pass of Pha Din, one of the most breathtaking mountain passes in Vietnam with elevation more than 1,000 above sea level. Taking on a mountain-bike tour with AdventureGreen on this trip, you’ll get the full beauty of wild nature here.

Black Thai dance at Thuan Chau
Black Thai dance at Thuan Chau

6/From Son La City, if you decide to go back to Hanoi, then you can travel back on Route 6 to Co Noi T-Junction, then take Route 37 to Muong Khoa, Ta Khoa crossing the Da River. From here you can travel back to Hanoi or further to Yen Bai. This route is seldom taken by foreign travelers to Vietnam. At Bac Yen, you can follow a meandering mountain road going up steeply to Ta Xua where there's a trekking adventure for you to adore the wild nature here. If having at the right time in the winter and spring, you can have stunning photographs of sublime clouds.

A peaceful road at Co Noi to Muong Khoa and Ta Khoa, Son La
A peaceful road at Co Noi to Muong Khoa and Ta Khoa, Son La

 

The Da River at Ta Khoa, Son La
The Da River at Ta Khoa, Son La

 

Mountains at Bac Yen and Ta Xua, Son La
Mountains at Bac Yen and Ta Xua, Son La

7/From Bac Yen to Hanoi, the landscape is quite lovely with a series of mountain passes, valleys and ethnic villages by the road side. You will be traveling past Phu Yen and the famed valley of Muong Tac. The last leg in Son La is Deo Khe between Son La and Phu Tho Province. You’ll pass Deo Khe, then descend into Thu Cuc where you join Route 32 back to Hanoi.

The Muong Tac Valley at Phu Yen, Son La
The Muong Tac Valley at Phu Yen, Son La

 AdventureGreen.com offers lots of trekking tours, hiking adventure tours, motorcycle tours and mountain bike tours to Son La and the North West of Vietnam. For mountain climbing, we can do it at Mount Pha Luong. For trekking, there are lovely paths around Ta Xua for you to take on. For biking, you can join us on a bicycle tour around Moc Chau or a mountain-bike tour to the North-West of Vietnam. For motorbike lovers, AdventureGreen offers inspirational motorbike adventures to Moc Chau, Son La and the North West of Vietnam. Let us make your adventure to Vietnam authentic and sensational!