Pine forests in Ang village, Na Ka plum valley, or Moc Chau tea hill in summer are reminiscent of the Tuscany region of Italy.
Located nearly 200 km from the center of Hanoi and 4 hours by car, Moc Chau has long been considered one of the most attractive destinations in the North; especially during the plum blossom season at the beginning of the year.
Summer does not have flowers or strawberry season, but this place is very suitable for picnics because of the fresh, cool, pollution-free air and many outdoor activities.
Ban Ang pine forest is located in the area of Ang village in Dong Sang commune, Moc Chau district, Son La province; 2 km from the center of Moc Chau town along National Highway 43.
With a total area of over 43 hectares, including a soaring green pine forest; stretching on red-brown hillsides with a cool lake; This place becomes a new camping spot in the Northern region.
Because of the epidemic, the number of people here is limited, but this place has not yet sold tickets to visit, but only tickets for accommodation cost 100,000 VND per person.
This area is newly renovated and invested with many camping equipment full tables and chairs, and comfortable sleeping tents. On each wooden table, there is an electrical outlet, convenient for charging phones or cameras.
The campsite is isolated in the middle of the pine forest and covered with green trees, with an additional lake in the middle of summer; so when the big cities are hot and hot, here the air is still cool and fresh even at midday.
Occasionally there is the sound of birds singing, the sound of bees searching for honey, and the breeze blowing through each tree.
Campers can bring food and drinks here; as long as you clean up after you leave. Trash cans are placed everywhere and are beautifully designed, not losing the beauty of the pine forest.
In the evening, the campsite is lit with lights everywhere, creating a shimmering, romantic scene like in the movies.
With the same mountainous terrain, the tea hills in Moc Chau in summer are covered with cool green colors, evoking the feeling of the Tuscany region of Italy.
In the afternoon when the wind is cool, the most popular activity at the tea hills is flying kites and enjoying tea under the tree right in the middle of the tea hill.
June is the plum season in Moc Chau with the famous big, crispy plum. By July is the end of the plum season, and almost all gardens have been harvested.
But if you take a walk in the Na Ka plum valley, you can still find a few gardens full of fruit. Moc Chau plums at the end of the season are crunchy and have a deep, watery sweetness.
However, whether there are plums or not in the garden will be bad luck and you should ask the locals before going to Na Ka or Tan Lap.
In the past two years, Moc Chau is also famous as a place to produce strawberries with quality not inferior to Japan or Korea due to Japanese technology.
Winter will be the strawberry harvest season at farms with gardens filled with ripe red berries, sweet and sour taste; and if eaten with Moc Chau yogurt, it is very easy to cause “addiction”.
In the summer, after the plum season will be the season of melons with sweet and fragrant melons that have a very good cooling effect and are the best dessert for camping by the lake.
In addition to the camping area in the pine forest of Ban Ang, Moc Chau also has many homestays that are beautifully designed in many styles but have the same criteria of having to “chill” (comfortable, in harmony) with many outdoor spaces.
The sky is like a courtyard in the middle of a tea hill, wooden bungalows surround a large yard for a campfire.
At this time, moving to Moc Chau is still quite convenient and suitable for groups traveling by private car.
However, at the checkpoint on the way from Mai Chau to Moc Chau, visitors need to declare their destination information and bring their citizen identification.