Son La VietnamSon La, Vietnam
Son La Vietnam belongs to North-West Vietnam, sharing its border with Yen Bai, Lai Chau provinces on the north, Dien Bien Province on the west, Phu Tho and Hoa Binh provinces on the east and Laos on the south. The province has many mountains, rives and mineral sources. Moc Chau Plateau is an ideal place […]
Son La Vietnam belongs to North-West Vietnam, sharing its border with Yen Bai, Lai Chau provinces on the north, Dien Bien Province on the west, Phu Tho and Hoa Binh provinces on the east and Laos on the south. The province has many mountains, rives and mineral sources. Moc Chau Plateau is an ideal place to breed milk cow, plant tea and fruit.
Getting to Son La
Son La connects Hoa Binh by National Highway No. 6, Yen Bai by Highway No.37, Son La by Higway No.279. Son La is 328km from Hanoi. In Na San Airport, Vietnam Airlines has daily flight from Hanoi to Son La.
What to see
Limestone mountains create stunning caves such as Bat Cave, five caves in On Village (Moc Chau), Nha Nhung and Chi Day caves (Yen Chau), Tham Tong Tat Cave (Son La City) and Hua Bo Cave (Muong La). River, stream and lake systems in Son La are abundant and beautiful to shape spectacular natural landscapes such as Dai Yem Waterfall (Moc Chau), Tat Nang Waterfall (Chieng Yen, Van Ho) and Da River.
Son La reservoir stretches along 150 km and covers an area of about 16,000 ha. This is a great potential for tourism development. Besides, Son La has other famous lakes for tourism development, such as Ban Ang Lake (Dong Sang, Moc Chau), Chieng Khoi Lake (Yen Chau) and Tien Phong Lake (Mai Son). Markedly, the province has many hot-water springs like Mong Spring in Son La City, Muoc Bu Spring in Muong La.
When to go
Son La features a tropical monsoon climate, which is characterized by torrential rains in the summer (from May to September) and cold and dry in winter (from November to January). Like many provinces in Vietnam, Son La also suffers from the influence of the dry and hot wind from Laos in summer which makes the weather intolerable sometimes.
Son La’s climate is divided into two distinct seasons. Winter lasts from October to March of the next year, and summer from April to September. The annual average temperature is 21.4oC (the highest temperature is 27oC and the lowest one is 16oC).
Son La ethnic culture
Son La province has 12 ethnic groups, of which the majorities are the Thai, Kinh, Mong and Muong. This is considered a typical humanity tourism resource possibly to be exploited to generate voluble cultural tourism products.
Ethnic groups in Son La are currently keeping characteristic cultural values from which Son La province can create unique tourism products from other localities in the northwest. Ethnic groups have unique cultural identities. There are similarities and differences in their cultures and this shapes a more characteristic culture of Son La.