Sapa weather and climate information – the best time to travel to Sapa Vietnam
The climate of Sapa is highly seasonal, with a subtropical climate in the summer and a temperate climate during the winter. Average temperature for Sapa town is 15.4ºC, with a maximum of 29.4ºC and a minimum of 1ºC.
Sapa also experiences a marked wet season from May to September, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in July and August. The weather is also notorious for changing frequently and quickly. It is said that only in Sapa, one can experience many different seasons within only one day.
||Coldest month, cloudy, foggy but not too wet. better from early days and gets worse to the later half of the month.
||Very cold in early days, cloudy, foggy. Getting warmer & better towards later days.
||Much nicer and warmer than Feb, more sunshine
||Summer start, dry, clear, warm enough
||Starting rainy season with quick shower occasionally, clear sky with more sunshine but little bit warm in the open at noon.
||Warm but not as hot like other region. Clear sky, much sunshine but summer shower get more but not too wet
||Among the 2 worst months of the year caused by summer shower
||The peak month of typhoon and rain
||Autumn starts, getting drier and normally very nice towards the end of the month.
||Cool, dry, sunshine almost everyday, clear sky
|Cooler, dry. May be misty and foggy towards the end but nice
||Wet winter starts and get worse at the later days of the month.
Best time travel to visit
In the summer, Sapa is a popular escape destination for domestic travellers, which may hamper the authentic and original experience of the town. This high season often falls between June and August. March-May and September- November are the two recommended periods to visit Sapa if you want a more laid-back natural and rejuvenating holiday.
The best way to Explore Sapa is By Night Train .You can book it though Sapatrain.com
Sapa is the most popular place to go in the Far Northwest amongst budget travelers and packages tourists alike. By using Sapa as a base you can hike off to more remote ‘traditional’ hill tribe villages and sometimes you will be offered a bed in a village for the night. Sapa was originally built as a hill station in the early part of this century and, in winter, gets bitterly cold. If you are going to be visiting Sapa in winter do not forget the winter woollies
Sapa is preparing itself for the continuing tourist boom considerably well. Behind Sapa, towards Phong Tho is a high pass forming part of the Hoang Lien Mountains that were known to the French as the Tonkinese Alps. This range includes Fansipan, the highest mountain in Vietnam at 3,143m, which view at dawn could be spectacular.
There is a weekend market in Sapa during which the town fills up with hilltribe people selling their wares. If you want to see these tribes as they "traditionally" live (as opposed to flogging jackets to tourists), either go for a hike or head over to Dien Bien Phu from Sapa. This stretch has the most traditional people you will see in the whole of Vietnam. It seems that most tourist groups pile into Sapa during the weekend for the market. However, travelers have reported that during the week is a much better time to catch a glimpse of the real Sapa avoiding from a big hassle of tourists.
You can hike in the surrounding area and visit a number of fairly traditional predominantly Mong hilltribe villages. Further afield is the colourful Red Zao, Dzay, Tay and Xa Pho people. A home stay in the Tay village would be unforgettable experience. Sapa Travel Map
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