Son La belongs to North-West Viet Nam, shares border with Yen Bai, Lao Cai, 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.
Natural resources: Son La has the 5th largest area of natural forest out of 63 provinces. The forests here content rich genetic sources of rare animal and plant, besides that special-used forests are valuable for scientific researches like Sop Cop, Xuan Nha (Moc Chau district), Ta Xuan (Bac Yen district), Co Pia (Thuan Chau district). The province’s soil is quite rich, diversified and suitablefor developing economically valuable plants and domestic animals. Besides, its forestry land is plentiful (accounting for 7
Travel resources: The province has great potentiality for developing natural and cultural tourism in Hang Doi (Moc Chau district), Tham Ta Toong and Thuong Thien Cave in Son La town; historical monuments like Son La prison with To Hieu peach tree, Ban Heo banian tree in Son La town, Dua Ca fort and Stone bridge in Muong La, etc.
Traffic: It is quite convenient for traveling in the province with many national highways (national highways No. 6, 37, 279) running through the province; airway (from Noi Bai airport to Na San), waterway through Hoa Binh – Son La route (Ta Hoc port). There are roads connected Son La to its districts centers and to Hanoi.
Power system: The national grid reaches 11/11 district (201 communes). In 2005, Son La hydropower station was started to construct and estimated to operate the first turbine in 2012 and complete in 2015.
Water system: The province has Mai Son water supply plant with the capacity of 4,800 m3/day and the water supply plant of Son La city with the capacity of 12,000m3/day. The province also improves water supply system for towns and residential areas, center of communes. Currently, water supply and wastewater treatment projects are planned to construct in Moc Chau.
Post and Telecommunication Systems: There are microwave system in the province’s town and districts’ centers which allows telephone calling, information transmission nationwide and worldwide. All communes have telephone system. Mobile phones can be reached in the centers of districts located along national highway No. 6 by the end of 2003.
GDP growth rate 2018: 5.59%
Up to now, Son La has 10 FDI projects with the total investment capital is nearly 136 million US dollars.
Mining and mineral processing, Construction materials, Power Industry, agricultural and forestry products processing, mechanics, tourism, services.
SON LA DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND INVESTMENT
SON LA INDUSTRIAL ZONE AUTHORITY