Sapa is an interesting tourist destination which makes a lot of tourists curious to discover. However, choosing the suitable time to visit Sapa is quite important because it decides whether your trip is wonderful or not. Usually, spring is considered to be the best season to take Sapa tours. How about winter and rainy season? In which one should we travel to Sapa? Let’s discover it now!
1/ The general climate of Sapa
Sapa is located on the slope of Lo Suay Tong Mountain which is from 1500 meters to 1650 meters above sea level. It is far from the center of Lao Cai city about 38 kilometers and 376 kilometers from Ha Noi. In spite of being located in the northern region of Vietnam, Sapa is not affected much by tropical monsoon climate like other northern provinces due to its high mountainous terrain. Also, its location is close to the tropics so it owns some characteristics of sub-humid climate, having the cool atmosphere all year round. Thanks to this particular climate, Sapa attracts a lot of tourists to visit every year.
2/ The rainy season in Sapa
Commonly, the rainy season in Sapa starts in May and lasts until August or early September. In general, the average precipitation is always on high levels. Some heavy rainfalls often create floods coincide with thunderstorms, especially in the peak time in July and August. At that time, Sapa Town receives a huge amount of water from highlands and mountains, which causes soil erosion, crop damage, building demolition and so on. More specifically, rainfalls and floods can also lead to landslides along the roads, making people in danger when traveling. In some years, there are some serious floods causing huge damage and mass casualities in Sapa. Therefore, you should avoid taking Sapa tours during that time. Rainfalls and floods do not simply affect your excitement during your trip but you will also deal with some potential risks that can be unavoidable in the rainy season in Sapa.
3/ The winter in Sapa
It can be said that traveling to Sapa in winter has become the trend of tourism in recent years. To be specific, Sapa is a distinctive place in Vietnam where has snowfalls in winter so no tourists want to miss the chance to enjoy themselves in the snow like in Europe. At that time, the temperature is severely below 0 degrees Celsius thus it snows heavily in a continuous way and makes Sapa seem to be immersed in the white color of snow. Some famous tourist destination in Sapa like Fansipan Mountain, Ham Rong Mountain or Muong Hoa Valley are also much more impressive in winter, which will give you a new experience in your Sapa tours. However, due to heavy snowfalls, you must be well-prepared to keep your body warm during your trip.
All in all, each season in Sapa has its own characteristics. However, you should choose the best one to discover the inherently striking beauty of Sapa in a comfortable way. Between winter and rainy season, we suggest that you should travel to Sapa in winter to feel how interesting it is when it snows in Vietnam. Though you should pay attention to your health to have an interesting trip without any problems.