Lose Yourself in the Beauty of Moc Chau’s White Plum Blossoms

Arriving at the Moc Chau Plateau in the days preceding the Tet holiday, tourists are instantly captivated by the enchanting allure of the blossoming plum flower gardens.

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Located some 180 kilometers northwest of Hanoi, the Moc Chau Plateau in Son La province, northern Vietnam, is widely known for its delicious Japanese plum fruit, or Prunus salicina. With approximately 1,300 hectares of plum orchards, it is recognized as the largest plum-growing area in the region. The bountiful harvest of this savory fruit, along with the presence of beautiful flowers, significantly contributes to the local economy.

The presence of the plum trees also helps to boost tourism in the area. As the first rays of spring sunlight appear, the entire Moc Chau plateau is adorned with pure white plum blossoms. This natural spectacle makes it one of the most sought-after destinations during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

The Moc Chau plateau offers breathtaking vistas during spring, particularly in the Na Ka and Mu Nau valleys, which are home to the largest plum plantations. Early in the spring, the flowers emerge, each with a two-centimeter diameter, five white petals, and arranged in clusters of three.

When the hills and valleys become adorned with these white plum blossoms, the region exudes an enchanting and captivating charm. Photo: Lan Moc
Every year, from late January to mid-February, Moc Chau Plateau attracts both domestic and international tourists with its enchanting plum blossom season. Photo: Duy Khanh/The Hanoi Times
The small yet beautiful flowers capture the hearts of many visitors. Photo: Lan Moc
The entire plateau gets covered in delicate, pure white blossoms. Photo: Duy Khanh/The Hanoi Times
The timing of the plum blossom varies each year depending on weather conditions and humidity, typically occurring in early or late January. Photo: Lan Moc

The plum blossom season in Moc Chau captivates the eyes of its visitors. Photo: Duong Van
The fragile petals resemble snowflakes delicately perched on the branches of the plum trees. Photo: Vinh Cam

The best time to visit a plum garden is between 9am and 3pm daily, with an entrance fee of approximately VND 30,000 (US$1.5) per person. Photo: Vinh Cam

The blossoming of the plum trees is a fleeting spectacle that lasts for two to three weeks. Photo: Duy Khanh

Travelers flock to the plateau to admire the white forest of plum blossoms. Photo: Lan Moc