La (Sonla), the fifth largest province in the country, is located to the
northwestern region of
Vietnam. Eighty percent of the province's natural area is covered with
mountains. The province is populated by various ethnic groups,
including the Ma, H'mong, Dao, Muong, Kinh, Khmer,
, Thai...Son La has a temperate climate throughout the year.
Tet Tong is a complex of marvelous grottoes located only 1.5 km
from center of town, the
cave is more than 150m long, Above the cave are mountains and vast
forests. Along the walls of the cave, there are numerous stalactites
and stalagmites that sparkle in the morning sunshine. Flowing inside
is a stream with white waterfalls. Excursions
to Northwest Mountains
and bathing at Ban Mong Hot Spring are available. Visits to ethnic
minorities hamlets are also popular.
Son La Provincial Museum was originally a penitentiary built by the
French in 1908. At first, it was only a small provincial prison.
But between 1930 and 1945, thousands of Vietnamese patriots were
imprisoned here. Key individuals who later became main leaders of
the Revolution for National Liberation were incarcerated in the Son
La Prison. In 1962, it was classified by the Ministry of Culture as one of the numerous revolutionary heritage sites in the country.
penitentiary was partially rebuilt after 1952 bombings and visitors
can visit the subterraneous tiny cells with food-serving hatches and
leg irons. The museum also exhibits precious objects introducing the
historical and cultural traditions of 12 ethnic groups living in Son
La province. Son La Provincial Museum welcomes tens of thousands of
visitors every year.
plateau is about 1,000m above sea level and around 80km long and
25km wide. The area of the grass-field accounts for more than
14,000ha and is suitable for animal husbandry, tea planting and
other agriculture. Moc Chau tea factory was set up here to produce
black tea for export and for domestic consumption.
Thousands of pure-bred and crossbred cows from the
are raised on the Moc Chau state-run farm, established in 1958.
They provide fresh milk to
and to other provinces for producing tinned milk, yoghurt and other
Moc Chau Plateau is an attractive place for visitors with its cool
temperature in the summer and an average temperature of 20oC