When is the Best Time to Visit Sapa?
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Located in the northwest of Vietnam, Sapa has a humble beauty with many wonders of nature and friendly people. Not as crowded as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, you can find this town unique with the quiet atmosphere and magnificent mountain views.
Also, the attractiveness of this place is the variety of ethnic minorities, which can surely bring you the experiences exploring a part of Vietnam culture. With the cool climate all year round, Sapa is an attractive holiday destination for anyone who loves mountains, forests and wants to explore the wildlife of the Northwest regions.
In a different time of the year, Sapa has a different beauty. In this writing, Excursion Vietnam will provide you with the best time to visit this charming place based on your need.
1. Season of Flower Blooming
Traveling to Sapa in February to May surely offers you a great chance to enjoy the beauty of flowers blooming in all over the mountain in this charming land.
This is the best time for you to enjoy the sun, wind and fresh air of the mountains and forests in Sapa. Indeed, when visiting Sapa in the spring, you can find this place have many types of flowers. Whether it is named flowers or unnamed flowers, you can find them covering all over the hills, slopes, valleys, mountainsides or even on the roads side.
As one of the most famous flowers in Sapa, peach flower bloom only in this time of the year. That is the reason why you cannot miss the chance to admire the beauty of this flower when visiting Sapa at this time.
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Sapa children playing under a white Ban tree
To have the best shots of peach blossom, you can choose the time between February and April. At the end of May, flowers might begin to decay, and they are no longer retain their original color.
Sapa - Home to the most beautiful peach trees in Vietnam
However, as the weather in this town can be different over the years, you should notice that if the weather is warmer, the flower will bloom sooner. It is best to check the weather forecast before you go to make sure that you do not miss the chance to admire a masterpiece of nature.
Another plus point of Sapa in this season is the very pleasant weather. You can happen to see the cloud is flying nearby your hotel room in the. Also, this is the time for you to admire the beauty of green rice fields on the majestic terraces.
Peach Trees on a high mountain in Sapa
To discover the typical side of culture in Sapa, you can come here during April and May. This is the time when ethnic minorities transplant rice in terraced fields and organize rice cultivation, which is an ideal time for you to have the best picture ever.
Ethnic Children in Sapa Selling Flower
2. Season of Lush Rice Terraces
For those who want to witness a breathtaking spectacle of lush rice terraces in Sapa, taking a tour in the summer - June to August - will be the best.
For a country with tropical monsoon climate like Vietnam, the summer is the harshest time of the year with a very high temperature. But in Sapa this time, the air is much cooler that is just like in Europe countries.
Besides the comfortable weather, you can find here the beautiful nature only found in this season. In Sapa, there is only one rice crop lasting for six months. And if you visit Sapa this time, the rice was much higher, and the green is much darker, which creates a beautiful, giant picture of peaceful countryside in Vietnam.
As one of the most interesting characteristics of Sapa, in summer, there will be many fresh vegetables, fruits harvested right from the tree in the forest for you to enjoy. Sa Pa gradually transforms its color from the fresh color of peach blossom, rose and plum blossom into the green of fresh vegetables and young rice, and fruits.
You will surely be surprised by the green color of Sa Pa in the summer. There is nothing more wonderful than taking a tour to enjoy the cool and fresh air of the mountain and green of the forest in the heat of the summer.
The Lush Rice Terraces in Sapa in Summer
3. Season of Ripening Rice
Coming to Sapa in Autumn - September to November - will be a great decision as you will admire the breathtaking ripening rice terraces.
At this point, the rice begins to ripen, the scene of Sa Pa change from green color into brilliant gold embracing the mountains and forests of this Northwest town. If you want to spend the holiday to observe the gorgeous picture paddy field, you should arrange your visit from July to September.
In October, many fields have been harvested so it will not be beautiful and you cannot admire the yellow color of new rice as in late September.
If you want to have a Sapa trekking tour to discover the forest here deeper, this is also the perfect time for you. This is the season when the waterfall will strong flow creating a majestic, lively atmosphere for the jungle. It will not rain much so you can feel free to climb up the mountain and visit ethnic groups living on the highland.
During the day, you can take time to visit the Muong Hoa Valley or watch the terraced fields and take a trekking tour to Ta Phin Village, at night it will be wonderful for you to enjoy the delicious food in Sa Pa.
The Captivating Scenery in Sapa in Autumn
4. Watch Snow in Sapa
You might think that a tropical country like Vietnam will never have snow. However, the new nature phenomenon in Vietnam that is extremely favorable in Sa Pa in the winter is snow. In winter - December to February, the whole town looks like it is floating in the clouds made of snow flower. The white of snow covers up every creature, house, and tree that make up a wonderful scenery. For an enjoyable and fascinating snow hunting trip, you can get to the peak of the Fansipan (the highest mountain in Indochina - 3143m) by cable car.
Sapa is the first place in the history of Vietnam appearing snow
As it is unable to determine the exact date of snowfall, in case you want to go to Sapa to watch the snow, you have to watch continuously the forecast on TV or contact the local people directly to ask.
By visiting Sapa in this season, you can also discover the special cuisine here. In the cold air, you definitely do not forget to enjoy fragrant and delicious baked dishes such as grilled wild boar or beef with mushrooms. It must be a lifetime experience that you cannot find elsewhere in Vietnam
Sapa Children Playing with Snow for the First Time
From all of the information above, we hope that you will find the appropriate answer of what is the best time for you to visit Sapa. To learn more about this peaceful town, have a look at Sapa Travel Guide