Sapa is an ideal location for summer getaway from the heat, thanks to its high altitude. The climate of Sapa is highly seasonal, with a subtropical climate in the summer and a temperate climate during the winter.
The average temperature there is from 15 ºC to 29 ºC. In the winter, it could plummet to 1 ºC. The tropical climate of the North in Vietnam also shapes the weather. While the most humid months are July and August, December and January are the coldest ones. The winter would be the best season for it since Sapa becomes frozen, foggy, drizzly, and snowy in some years on the highest peaks, though you can visit Sapa all year round.
The four seasons are distinctly felt in SaPa as nature changes its costume. While seeds of pear, peach, apricot, and plum litter Sapa in the spring, summer is fully blooming of pancakes, dahlias, sunflowers, and various fruits. Autumn is the season for fragrance mushrooms and woods, with plenty of medicinal plant species. The sky is vividly brightened with golden sun-rays and playful white clouds which seem to land on the ground, over the heads of people, or on the tops of trees. In winter, Sapa is covered with fog, which makes the countryside more mysterious and enticing.
Sapa also experiences a distinct rainy season from May to September, with the most rainfall occurring in July and August. The weather there is known thanks to its changeability. Therefore, visitors who come to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of all four seasons in a day. In the morning and afternoon, it is as cool as spring and autumn. This scene then changes to cloudless like in summer at noon. And it is also chilly in the evening. Also, there is no warning of a thunderstorm and heavy rain that can come at noon on any summer day. Even so, after a rain, there is always a rainbow, which turns Sapa into a magical land, a source of poetic muse for many years, and lights up the whole area.
The best time to visit Sapa is March and May or from mid-September to early December
In April and May, ethnic minorities plant rice on terraced fields, which look like a natural masterpiece when viewed from a distance, making visitors stay for a while to admire. However, this painting has seasonal changing colors, and it looks most attractive when the new crop season starts and when the field is lush with rice ripe.
In September and October, when autumn ends, visitors can feel the flourishing throughout the region as the rice on the terraced fields is ripe and turns yellow. During this time, the terraced fields look like golden silk scarves blowing in the wind on the green slopes, making the mountain views astonishingly beautiful.
From the end of December to February, Sapa has a harsh winter with temperatures sometimes falling below 0 degrees, causing branches and tops of grass to freeze. On cold days, Sapa always attracts hundreds of tourists and photographers to come and take some breathtaking photos of its winter. In recent years, it snows at the end of December, which is a great time for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Traveling to Sapa at this time, visitors can admire as majestic as in the picture described in the Snow Queen fairy tale of Andersen. However, please be aware that this is also the peak travel season when local travelers flood to Sapa in hope of snowfall.
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Translator: Pham Thi Nhat Le