Son La

Son La is a comprehensive travel guide about private car hire, car rental with driver, easy bus, train station pickup, transfers, transport from/to Son La, Vietnam. Rent a car with driver and make the most of your trip to Son La province.

Son La province is situated in the northwest region of Vietnam. The province shares 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. Abundant water supply is suitable to hydroelectricity.

The Province is subdivided into 1 city and 11 districts including Son La city, Bac Yen district, Moc Chau, Phu Yen, Song Ma, Thuan Chau, Yen Chau, Mai Son, Muong La, Quynh Nhai, Sop Cop, and Van Ho.

Son La map

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.

Moc Chau Plateau is an ideal place to breed milk cow, plant tea and fruit.

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.

How to get to Son La?

Son La province connects Hoa Binh province by National Highway No. 6, Yen Bai province by Highway No.37. The provincial capital – Son La city is 328km from Hanoi.

You can get to Son La by private car, limousine shared transfer, shuttle, local bus, motorbike, or bicycle. You have many choices depending on your departure location, preferred means of transport, your trip duration, your personal interest and budget. There is an airport in Son La. Therefore it is no longer in operation. There is no train from/to Son La province.

Getting to Son La from Hanoi

Hanoi to Son La private car

The best way to get to Son La from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. Booking a private transfer from Hanoi to Son La offers you the chance to make as many stops on the way as you wish for coffee breaks, side-road visits, or just taking pictures. The option also enables you to discover the province at your own pace. Booking a private car with driver is recommended for a family holidays, and photography tour.

We have a big fleet of vehicle including 4, 5 seat Sedan, 7, 8 seat MPV, SUV, 4WD, 15, 16 Minivan, Minibus, 29, 35, 45 Coaches offering a wide selection of car rental packages. Options include easy bus station pickup, private transfers, car rental with driver, private car hire. We also have pickup trucks and box trucks to rent out (with driver) for overland trips, self-guided bicycle, motorbike tours to Son La and the northern Vietnam.

No matter if in Son La for travel, business, or pleasure you can find the right rental vehicle to match your budget and plans. Get around with more ease with a top quality car rental in Son La from Vietnam Car Hire!

Hanoi to Son La bus

There are also public buses going to Son La from Hanoi. Taking local public bus or shared transfer are low cost options for getting from Hanoi to Son La. Most of Limousine service and shuttle buses depart from My Dinh bus station in the west of downtown Hanoi. While most of overnight buses leave from My Dinh bus station, you may also find some day buses departing from Giap Bat bus station. Please bear in mind local buses are usually full at weekend and/or during school holidays in summer.

We at vietnamcarhire.com don’t provide bus ticket booking service. Therefore we can help you with updated information of local bus schedule you may need for planning your upcoming trip to Son La, Vietnam. More details about this budget option can also be found online at our partner’s site: 12go.asia

Hanoi to Son La motorbike

Adventure travelers may like renting a motorbike from Hanoi for getting to Son La. Taking this option they will have the opportunity to ride on less-busy traffic roads, small roads where it is usually accessible for two wheels. Please note a valid Vietnamese driving license is required for riding motorbike in Vietnam.

Hanoi to Son La bicycle

Cycling from Hanoi to Son La requires about 3 days. The option is recommended for adventure travelers exploring northwest Vietnam at slow pace. Best time for taking this option is the winter in northern Vietnam (October through April). Good hybrid bikes can be rented in Hanoi bike shop.

Son 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 car hire packages

The following packages are only sample car rental packages, private transfers we design for travelers to travel to Son La province or from this province to other destinations in northern Vietnam. Please contact us for personalized routes, tailor-made travel plans, car rental options, best rates, deals, seasonal promotions, and service’s availability.

Private transfers to Son La

Private transport from Son La to other destinations in Vietnam

Other routes

  • Transport from Dien Bien to Son La or v.v
  • Transport from Hoa Binh to Son La or v.v
  • Transport from Lai Chau to Son La or v.v
  • Transport from Lao Cai to Son La or v.v
  • Transport from Yen Bai to Son La or v.v

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to rent a car for Son La Vietnam?

Son La car hire rates vary much depending on your travel plan, rental cars, routes, date of travel, as well as your trip duration. Please let us know your working agenda (business trip) or day-to-day itinerary (travel itinerary), we will provide a quote.

What is the most popular rental cars in Son La?

7 seat SUV Ford Everest, Isuzu Highlander and Toyota Fortuner are the most popular rental cars for individual travel in Son La, Vietnam. For small group tours (3-6 people), Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinters (Minivan and Minibus) are also popular rental cars. 4,5 seat Sedans and 45, 50 seat coaches are only recommended for traveling to Son La city or few districts of Son La such as Moc Chau or Thuan Chau. Other mountainous districts of Son La province might be very difficultly accessible by sedan and/or big coach.

Why should I book Son La private transfer with Vietnam Car Hire?

When booking Son La car hire via vietnamcarhire.com, all your car rental options will be suggested by senior car rental agents who live in Vietnam. They are drivers, tour guides, and local people who have been to Son La. They can provide practical, updated information about this destination. There are no extra costs and no hidden fees involved in booking a rental car with Vietnam Car Hire.

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