Sapa has long been a major tourist attraction in the northwest of the country. Every season, Sapa has its unique features. However, the question “when is the best time to visit Sapa ?” is still widely concerned. Please read this article and answer the problem right now.
- Sapa – “Cloudy City”
- When Is The Best Time To Visit Sapa?
- Climb Fansipan Mountain
- Accommodation In Sapa
Sapa – “Cloudy City”
Sapa is located in the northwest of the country, a highland district of Lao Cai province. It is situated more than 30 km from Lao Cai city center and at an average altitude of 1500 to 1800 meters above sea level.
Sapa is constantly submerged in a thick fog that makes us feel floating, making an odd and lovely picture.
Here, there is an invaluable resource. It is a fresh and cool year-round climate, with an average temperature of 15 to 18 Degree Celsius. Recently, in winter we can admire the white snow in Sapa.
Sapa is a well-known vacationer goal in the nation. Every year, there are thousands of visitors from big cities like Hanoi to Sapa. Tourists come to Sapa not only to enjoy the fresh air, the simple peace of the land in the Northwest.
But Sapa is also a destination for you to admire the wild beauty of the northwestern mountains, terraces, waterfalls, majestic mountains; and discover the customs, cultural beauty of the ethnic groups in the mountains such as Black H’Mong, Red Dzao, Tay, Dzay, etc.
To have a great Sapa trip, you should thoroughly understand the climate and weather as well as the characteristics of the seasons to avoid cancellation of all plans because of heavy rain. Read this article to know the best time to visit Sapa and the equipment to bring when traveling Sapa.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Sapa?
Spring – go to Sapa to see flowers bloom (March to May)
Spring in Sapa, a vast of flower forests such as cherry blossoms, plum blossoms and thousands of other flowers are blooming in the hills, the middle of the slope, the valleys, the mountains or the roads on the town.
All will be the best, most colorful picture you can see when traveling to Sapa in the spring. Thus, many tourists think that this is the best season to enjoy the sun, wind and fresh air of the plateau.
If you want to go to see cherry blossoms, get to know them carefully before going because the weather each year is very different, and peaches will bloom sooner or later than the previous years, which may make you have no chance to admire a masterpiece of creation.
You should go around March until April, or at the latest of the first week of May because it is the best time. At the end of May, the flowers will begin to fade, no longer able to retain the full flavor.
From March to May, Sapa weather is extremely cool, pleasant, dry at night, and the morning is so cloudy that when you are in a hotel room, you can feel the clouds flying casually in front of your eyes.
In addition, this is the time when people start sowing; you can admire the green rice fields on the majestic terraced fields. In April to May, ethnic minorities will transplant rice on those terraced fields. Rice cultivation scene and the idyllic labor scene of the local people are wonderful. Tourists and photographer hunters love to go to Sapa this season and the ripe rice season.
There is a note for you that: because Sapa’s water season is not yet reached, so the stream will run out and the waterfall will have very little water.The start time of the spring is also less occupied than at other times of the year, so you will have plenty of time to plan and find accommodation for your trip. The roads also become quieter, and you can fully enjoy the peaceful beauty of Sapa.
If this time is still quite cold compared to you, instead of walking, you can ride a motorbike with a guide or alone (if you feel confident in your driving and understanding) to admire the magnificent landscapes here.
Summer – go to Sapa to avoid the hot weather and admire terraced fields (June to August)
In a country with a tropical monsoon climate like Vietnam, summer is harsh, and the weather is extremely hot. However, in Sapa, the atmosphere is much softer, and it is like a miniature temperate city of Europe.
In Sapa, there is only one six-month rice crop, people sow the rice seed at the beginning of May, and in July, the rice turns green and is much higher. The terraced fields look like wearing a new green coat.
Besides, in this season, vegetable fields and other fresh fruits also come to harvest. Sapa gradually transforms from the bright colors, pink of peach blossom, rose flower to green, vivid colors of vegetables, fruits, and young rice.
Visitors will indeed be open to the eye with the green color throughout Sapa. Going to Sapa in the summer to avoid the hot weather is a great pleasure because the air is really cool, and the eyes looking at the green also make us more comfortable and have a good feeling.
Autumn – go to see the bright yellow of ripe rice in Sapa (September to November)
At this time, the rice started to ripen, the scenery of Sa Pa was “stirring”, turning to a golden color, embracing the mountain in the Northwest.
If you want to go on vacation with your family, combine with watching rice, you should come in July to September, if arriving in October to December, maybe the weather has turned cold and foggy. This is also the water season in Sapa, so the waterfall will flow strongly, majestically and lively.
The season of ripe rice is in September and October when Sa Pa is yellow in all angles. This is the time that many tourists travel to Sapa as they like the most.
However, you should go in the middle or the end of September, because by October, many places have already been harvested, so it will not be beautiful, and you cannot admire the shiny yellow of new rice as at the end of September.
September to November is a beautiful season to travel to Sa Pa because besides the beautiful autumn colors, bright yellow rice, the atmosphere is also comfortable: golden sunshine, dry weather, moderate cold.
During the day, visitors can see Muong Hoa valley, watch terraced fields and go trekking to Ta Phin village. At night, you can go for a walk and enjoy delicious food in Sapa. At the end of November, Sapa has just moved to the winter, the weather is quite cold but not freezing. In the morning, the whole town floats in the clouds, and the air is fresh and peaceful.
Winter, go to Sapa to see the snowfall (December to February)
Who said Vietnam doesn’t have snow? Who said that a tropical country would never have snow? It is found that nature is hugely preferential for Sapa when the winter is snowy here. In recent years, due to extreme weather, Sapa has almost snow.
In the winter, the whole town of Sapa is floating in the clouds, dew, and snow. Snow covers all living things, houses, and can even be half a meter thick. It also includes the landscape of a white space that made the scene both peaceful and beautiful.
It is impossible to determine precisely when the snow will fall, so if you want to go to Sapa to watch the snow, you must follow up constantly on TV, on the radio or contact the local people (the hotel where you are going to stay).
December to February, Sapa is freezing, particularly during the evening, and it can show up ice and snowfall. This is likewise the period of peach bloom. Many young couples want to witness the romance of the snowy scenery, watch the peach blossom in the dew wind as well as admire the dawn on the high valley in the early morning so they go to Sapa at this time.
It will be a difficult experience to find anywhere else in Vietnam. However, at this time, Sapa is very crowded with a lot of tourists, so the price of services is costly.
Climb Fansipan Mountain
Referring to Sapa without mentioning “Roof of Indochina“, it is a significant omission for anyone who set foot in this magical land. Located at 3 143m altitudes, the Fansipan peak has an endless attraction for explorers.
It is not only attracted by the sense of conquering nature, conquering the highest mountain of the three Indochinese countries but Fansipan also serves as a beautifully natural picture among the majestic forests.
According to the experience of conquering Fansipan by professional people, the best time to conquer Fansipan is from the end of September to the end of April. In which, the most beautiful and appropriate is October and November. At that time, the weather was cool and sunny.
However, the weather in Fansipan is also quite unusual, in the middle of the mountain there can be bright yellow sunshine, but when you add a piece, you are lost in the clouds and drizzle. If you are lucky, you will admire the magnificent natural phenomena such as a double rainbow.
Therefore, if you come to Sapa only to conquer Fansipan, then go in October and November. If combined with visiting and exploring other aspects of Sapa, go at the end of September to the end of April.
Baggage To Carry
The weather of Sapa changes day by day and season, so visitors need to prepare adequate garments suitable for the weather. You ought to bring neat and light clothes but be warm.
Summer in Sapa is cool, you can wear normally but still, need a jacket. However, the winter is freezing, thus you need a warm coat, gloves, a scarf and a wool hat to against the high cold. Avoid carrying bulky; if you go long, you can bring some washing powder to wash clothes.
Due to the typical terrain and typical tourist products of Sapa is walking to discover the beauty, landscape, visitors have to walk a lot. It is also one of the most extended hiking in Vietnam destinations.
Consequently, to make your feet extremely agreeable, you ought to set up a couple of flat shoes or sports shoes. Try not to wear high heels (on the off chance that you go to play in central Sapa, you can wear high heels).
Some personal belongings
You ought to set up some personal items for your outing, for example, sunglasses, veils, towels, gloves, and so on. These will assist you in protecting your eyes and your health when traveling long distances since there is a lot of dirt on the road.
Besides, you also have to bring a toothbrush, face towel, toothpaste because although they are available in some hotels, the quality is not good.
Remember to bring your sunscreen, insect repellent and some other personal medicines.
Note that you should carry a camera or a full battery phone if you like to save some beautiful moments.
Because the journey is mainly walking and consuming a lot of energy, you should prepare some cakes, milk, chocolate, candy as you like. It will be beneficial or you on the way, and sweets can be used as gifts for ethnic children.
Accommodation In Sapa
Hotel in Sapa is quite luxurious with relatively excellent services such as Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa, Amazing Sapa hotel, Pao’s Sapa Leisure hotel, etc.
Besides, homestay is also an attractive suggestion of many young people. There are many famous homestays like Sali House, Phơri’s House, The Haven Sapa Camp Site, Eco Palms House, and Topas Riverside Lodge, etc. Find out and choose the best homestays in Sapa for yourself in my reviews here.
In general, Sapa has a climate with subtropical and temperate nuances, cool year-round atmosphere. The weather in the town in one day is full of four seasons.
The morning is in the spring. The midday is in the summer because it is usually bright sunshine, a cool climate. In the afternoon, there are clouds and dew, creating a feeling of coldness like the autumn, and night is the cold of the winter.
Any season in Sapa also has its characteristics. Depending on your preferences, you can choose the best time to visit Sapa. Wish you have a trip with many memories and happiness!
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