If you’re planning to visit this Northern area, knowing the best time to visit Sapa will be essential to make the best of your trip to Vietnam.
The weather in Sapa
Sapa has a temperate climate so it is cool all year, with the average temperature fluctuates around 15ºC.
The weather in Sapa in summer is not nearly as hot. Daytime temperature usually fluctuates from 20ºC to 25°C, and at night temperature is around 13ºC to 15°C.
In the winter, Sapa is very cold with the temperature drops to 0°C so there will an opportunity to watch snow if you travel to Sapa in the winter.
During the year, the rainy season usually starts from May to October, accounting for nearly 80% of the annual rainfall. You will be more likely to encounter showers in these months of the year.
Sapa during the day
A special feature of Sapa weather is that you will get a chance to experience 4 seasons in one day.
In the morning, you will feel pleasant spring weather. In the afternoon, it’s a bit sunny but still cool and not too hot in the afternoon.
The temperature starts to drop down with clouds, creating a feeling like autumn in the evening or cold weather like winter at night.
Tips for the weather forecast in Sapa
I would recommend checking Sapa weather forecast 1 week in advance. Knowing the weather in advance will give you the flexibility to decide places to visit and things to do in Sapa.
The climate in Sapa by months
March and April in Sapa
It starts to get cooler from March and warm up in April. From April, there is occasional rain. In general, the weather is great.
May and June in Sapa
There’s beautiful sunshine, mixed with rain that provides water for terraced fields to help farmers plow and transplant rice. This time is also the season for peaches and plum trees in Sapa.
July and August in Sapa
The flood season in Sapa often coincides with the rainy season of the North. The peak is in July and August and the rains appear with storms causing floods.
Rain and flood not only affect your travel plan and experience but also bring potentially high-risk situations.
September in Sapa
You can enjoy the cool weather and observe beautiful terraced fields in Sapa turning from green to golden.
Rain will be a little less than July and August, but in general, Sapa in this month is the most beautiful.
October in Sapa
The weather in Sapa is pleasant with some light in the day. The night is quite cold and there’s almost no rain.
In general, the weather is nice to take a walk or ride a motorbike to visit tourist sites and ethnic villages in Sapa.
November in Sapa
It begins to cool, foggy and windy
December, January, and February in Sapa
These are the coldest winter months of the year. The temperature is usually below 10 degrees C. If the whole North comes into a cold spell, then Sapa usually maintains at a temperature of 2 – 5 degrees C.
Sometimes the temperature drops below 0 degrees C and you might experience snowfall.
On the occasion before and after Tet holiday, visitors have the opportunity to see cherry blossoms blooming on the roads when visiting the villages.
Best time to visit Sapa
Although you can travel to Sapa at any time of the year, March to May or September to November is the best time to visit Sapa.
At this time, Sapa has many beautiful scenes and it’s more convenient to travel to.
If you visit Sapa from April to May, you can observe the beauty of the green paddle fields and blooming flower valley. There are plenty of clouds and the weather is cool with dry nights during this time.
The weather in Autumn is great with moderately cold and some sunrise. The paddle field turns to yellow during September and November.
You should try to avoid visiting Sapa from July to August because there are many storms.
The rainy season in Sapa usually starts in May and lasts until August and early September. At this time, the average rainfall in Sapa is always high and heavy rains often lead to floods.
In the winter, the weather in Sapa can be really cold and you can see snow on the peak.
Sapa Tours from Hanoi
From Hanoi, there are several tours will take you to explore Sapa.