1. Overview of Vietnam Sapa

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Sapa is a highland district of Lao Cai province, Sapa town is located at an altitude of 1,600m above sea level, in the northeast region of Vietnam and it is 350 kilometers from Hanoi’s capital. The air is cool all year round in Sapa’s moderate and subtropical environment. The town’s weather has four distinct seasons: spring in the morning, summer at noon, cloudy and gloomy afternoons resembling autumn, and chilly weather at night.

2. When is the best time to visit Vietnam Sapa

2.1. Weather in Spring (from February to May)

Spring is the ideal time of year to travel. In spring, the weather in Sapa is extremely pleasant. It will be chilly in the morning, warm and sunny in the afternoon, accompanied by the fresh air of the Northwest mountains. This is the right time for visitors to admire the fields of cherry blossoms and apricot blossoms stretching across the hills. Below are two main activities that visitors cannot miss in spring:

Viewing Cherry Blossom

Viewing the cherry blossoms is one of the must-do activities for tourists visiting Sapa. Cherry blossoms in this country impress even the most discerning tourists with their scent and natural beauty.

March and April are the most ideal times to admire the full beauty of cherry blossoms in particular and Sapa in general.

Joining the festival activities at the beginning of the year

Spring is the time when the flowers bloom and the weather warms up. Coming to Sapa this season, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the festival activities at the beginning of the year here. This is also an opportunity for visitors to better understand the national identity, culture, and people here

Some festivals can be mentioned as The Tay ethnic group’s field festival, the Dance festival of the Dao people

2.2. Weather in Summer (from June to August)

Because of its temperate climate, Sapa’s summer is also regarded as the best time to visit because it allows visitors to avoid the oppressive heat of crowded towns. Besides, visitors will be able to take in the magnificent splendor of terraced fields throughout the ripe rice season. Additionally, there are many fruits like peaches and plums in June. Visitors, therefore, have a fantastic opportunity to sample these delights at this location. This is an ideal time for tourists to trek to Love Waterfall.

Love Waterfall is one of the places in Sa Pa that attracts a lot of domestic and international tourists to visit not only because of the dreamy and majestic features of nature and scenery but also a beautiful place starting the journey to discover Sapa. This is an activity visitors should not miss when coming to Sapa

2.3. Weather in Autumn (from September to November)

Exploring Sapa in the fall will certainly not disappoint visitors. Autumn is always considered the most pleasant season of the year. Especially when coming to Sapa in autumn, visitors have the opportunity to admire the beauty of ripe golden rice on the hillside. This is a typically beautiful scene of Sapa this season that every visitor should take the time to explore.

Hunting clouds in Autumn is one of the activities that attract domestic and foreign tourists. This is also the best time to visit Vietnam Sapa because of the pleasant autumn weather. Some places can hunt clouds for tourists: Fansipan Peak, Ham Rong Mountain, Sapa Heaven Gate

2.4. Weather in Winter (from December to February)

Vietnam is a country with a tropical climate, so it is not easy to see snowfall. However, people who visit Sapa in the winter, will have the chance to experience the cold of minus C here. And at the same time, they have the oppotunity to see firsthand the white snow covering the terraced fields on the hills. Below is some activities that tourists should experience in winter:

  • Joining the Snow Festival in Sapa

One of the most significant events in Sapa is the Snow Festival. Visitors to Sapa in the winter have the opportunity to take part in fascinating and alluring snow festivities in addition to simply watching the snow fall. In Sapa, this is regarded as the most eagerly anticipated event of the year. That is why winter is an ideal time to attract many visitors

  • Conquering the top of Fansipan

Fansipan Peak has long been a rendezvous for many climbers, adventurers and enthusiasts. Coming to Sapa, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the most difficult challenges such as crossing the forest, wading through streams, climbing high mountains… to conquer the roof of Indochina.

  • Some famous destinations in Vietnam Sapa
  • Ham Rong mountain

Ham Rong Mountain located 3 km from Sapa town, is a destination not to be missed when traveling here. Visitors standing on the top of Ham Rong mountain will have a panoramic view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley, Sa Pa, and Ta Phin.

Ham Rong Mountain is a mountain with a dragon’s head in the majestic Hoang Lien Son range, located right behind the Sapa stone church.

Opening hours: 7 am to 18 pm

Ticket: 70.000 VND/adult; 20.000 VND/children (height less than 1.2m); free for children having less than 1m

  • Sapa Stone Church

Sapa Stone Church is an indispensable symbol for the misty Sapa town. Located in the center of town, the Sapa stone church was built in 1895, considered the most complete architectural mark left by the French. In front of the church is a large stadium. Therefore, there are many ethnic people focusing on buying, selling, and exchanging goods here.

Opening hours: from 7 pm (Monday to Saturday); 9 am on Sunday

Ticket: Free

  • Cat Cat Village

Cat Cat village owns a beautiful location right at the foot of Hoang Lien Son mountain. This is a village with idyllic beauty and rustic wooden houses.

Here, the people cultivate, raise livestock and preserve traditional crafts very well. Therefore, this is considered an interesting cultural tourist destination that visitors cannot ignore when coming to Sapa

Opening hours: from 5 am to 10 pm

Ticket: 90.000 VND/adult; 50.000 VND/children

3. What to eat and where to stay when coming to Vietnam Sapa

3.1. What to eat (suggestion of five restaurants in Sapa)

In addition to the poetic and charming scenery creating a beautiful Sapa in the eyes of tourists to visit, Sapa is also known as a Northwest culinary paradise. This place has the best restaurants in Sapa for Vietnamese cuisine lovers

The dishes in Sapa are simply prepared with fresh ingredients, and certainly will not disappoint visitors. Below are some of the most frequently reviewed restaurants in Sapa with Metta Voyage

  • Gia Ban Restaurant (address: 421 Dien Bien Phu, Sapa town; time: 9 am to 10 pm)
  • A Phu Restaurant Sapa (address: 15 Fansipan, Sapa town; time: 9 am to 11 pm)
  • Nga Canh Bun Cha restaurant in Sapa (address: 596 Dien Bien Phu, near Green Bus Sapa; time: 6 am to 10 pm)
  • Sang Meo Sapa Restaurant (address: 29 Fansipan, Sapa town; time: 8 am to 10 pm)
  • Tam Duc Sapa Restaurant – A delicious restaurant in Sapa specializing in fresh goat meat (address: 526 Dien Bien Phu, Sapa town)

3.2. Where to stay (suggestion of five homestays in Sapa)

Homestay is one of the types of motels that tourists to Sapa should experience at least once. The most special homestay is located in the villages. This makes it easy for visitors to access and integrate into the local culture. Here are some homestays that visitors should not miss in their travel itinerary

  • Chapa Farmstay – Mountain Retreat (address: Y Linh Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai; price from 650.000 VND/night)
  • Valley View Homestay Sapa (address: Violet Sapa, Lao Cai; price from 540.000 VND/a night
  • Zizi Homestay & Trekking Sapa (address: Hau Thao, Sapa, Lao Cai; price from 290.000 VND/a night)
  • May Nui Homestay Sapa (address: 29 Thac Bac, Sapa town, Lao Cai; price from 210.000 VND/a night)
  • Secret Garden Homestay Sapa (address: 56 Violet, Sapa, Lao Cai; price from 500.000 VND/a night)

4. Conclusion

Sapa is an interesting and unique tourist destination that visitors cannot miss when coming to Vietnam. Depending on your personal schedule, visitors will choose the best time to visit Vietnam Sapa. However, not all visitors coming to Vietnam easily know the tourist destinations. With Metta Voyage, guests will experience the most professional and economical service. Contact Metta Voyage for more information!

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