The best time of year to visit and trekking Sapa, Vietnam

What is the best time to travel Sapa, Vietnam and why you should start trekking Sapa in September...

The North of Vietnam has four seasons but Sapa only has two climate extremes: the cool season in summer - autumn and the cold season in the winter & spring.

The best time to trekking in Sapa
The best time to trekking in Sapa. Photo:

Vietnamese people like to explore or relax in Sapa at any time of the year: in the summer, they come here for vacation and get away from the heat in Hanoi. In the winter, they usually come here to see the snow because Vietnam is a country with tropical climate, there is rarely snow.

From December to February, there may appear white snow falling on Sapa Town or O Quy Ho Pass and Fansipan mountain that looks like in China, Japan, South Korea or in Europe (sometimes it’s not the snow and just agglomerated rain)

Sapa, what is the best time to visit?

You can travel to Sapa at any time of the year, however, the most appropriate time to come is from March to May or from September to November.

The best time to visit Sapa
What is the best time to visit Sapa? Photo: Minh Anh

These are the two perfect time period to get the most beautiful weather in Sapa, the most favorable for walking, hiking, trekking and mountain climbing.


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Besides climbing, trekking and walking, this is a time when in Sapa, the terraced fields of grain begin to turn yellow, everywhere is covered with yellow grain.

Especially, if you get to Sapa from April to May (↺), you will get the opportunity to see the valley of beautiful blooming flowers and green fields.

A child in Ta Van village in Sapa
A child in Ta Van village in Sapa

Trekking in Sapa
Trekking to Lao Chai village in Sapa. Photo: vietnamtourism

From March to May, the weather in Sapa is pretty cool, dry night and so cloudy morning that you can feel the clouds are flying in front of you in your hotel room. In particular, this is the time of green rice season, you can admire the rice fields on the terraced stretched green fields.

From September to November, Sapa has a beautiful fall, it’s the season of  golden-like grain, the  sun, dry air, moderately cold. Due to the dry air, little rain, you can walk, trekking down to small Ta Phin village and enjoy the amazing beautiful of the terraced fields. Take a night stroll and enjoy the delicious foods in Sapa.

The terraced fields in Sapa
The terraced fields in Sapa in August. Photo: Thai Phien

To see the ripe yellow grain on the fields, you should go to Sapa in the period from the end of August and in September (this time is also the autumn in Hanoi and Vietnam).

In the winter from December (↺) to February, the weather in Sapa is very cold, especially at night. If you go to Sapa at about this time, you can be watching the snow falling. And this is also the time in Sapa when it is very crowded with tourists, so service prices are usually very expensive.

Best time to trekking in Sapa

Note: The best time to travel and trekking Sapa is from September to November (↺) or from March to May. April and May is the time when the ethnic minorities do rice cultivation on the terraced fields.

The best time of year to visit and trekking Sapa, Vietnam
The best time of year to visit and trekking Sapa, Vietnam. Photo: Pham Ngoc Bang

September and October is ripe grain season, when Sapa is glowing with bright yellow and I like this time most. I think you will see a Sapa as it put on a new color - a gold color all across the hills. But you should go in the middle to the end of September, because in October, many places have been finished harvesting.

To see the golden rice, you should go to Sapa in August and September. For trekking, I recommend you coming to Sapa in the period of time from September to November.

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