Thuan Chau Son La offers some of best Vietnam off the beaten track holidays and soft adventure journeys in Vietnam. Thuan Chau is a mountainous district of Son La province in the northwest Vietnam. The district covers an area of 1,535 square kilometres.

Thuan Chau district contains 1 township and 28 communes including Thuan Chau, Ban Lam, Bo Muoi, Bon Phang, Chieng Bom, Chieng La, Chieng Ly, Chieng Ngam, Chieng Pac, Chieng Pha, Co Ma, Co Tong, E Tong, Liep Te, Long He, Muoi Noi, Muong Bam, Muong E, Muong Khieng, Nam Lau, Nong Lay, Pa Long, Phong Lai, Phong Lang, Phong Lap, Pung Tra, Thon Mon, Tong Co, and Tong Lenh.

Getting to Thuan Chau

The best way to get to Thuan Chau district is to take the short internal flight from Hanoi to Na San airport, Son La province. From there, you can either hire a car or take a motor-taxi to be brought to Thuan Chau.

If you travel in a small group, hiring a car from Hanoi may be a better choice. The car journey takes about 4 hours on road. It offers you the chance to discover the northwest region of Vietnam.

There are public buses from Hanoi to Thuan Chau Son La. Both day buses and night buses are available at My Dinh bus station. Buses are usually full at weekend.

When to go

Thuan Chau 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 other travel places in the northern Vietnam, Thuan Chau also suffers from the influence of the dry and hot wind from Laos in summer which makes the weather intolerable sometimes.

Thuan Chau’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.

What to do


Trekking is the best way to discover the mountainous district of Thuan Chau Vietnam. Hiking offers the chance to explore Thuan Chau tropical forest, luxuriant mountains, remote hill tribe villages, terraced paddy fields. Whether it is a single day hike or multi day treks we have something to suit everybody. Maybe you just want to trek through remote hill tribe villages around Thuan Chau or maybe you really want to get away from the crowds we can customize an trekking itinerary for you.


Cycling is another great way to discover Thuan Chau and its surrounding areas. The less-traveled district of Thuan Chau has sealed, paved cycle routes, single dirt tracks, mountain trails offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic road cyclists and mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling tours and mountain bike tours around Thuan Chau Son La and the north west region of Vietnam, providing options for both those who want some mountain challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.

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