THE WEATHER IN SAPA VIETNAM AND CLIMATE FACTORS 

Sapa belongs to the high mountainous region in northern Vietnam at which tourists can visit all year round. The Sapa weather yearly changes depending on seasons of the year. Climate and weather information (rainfall and temperature) introduced below is hoped to be helpful for you.

Table Contents
  • I -  Overview of Sapa weather and climate 
  • II – Sapa weather by month
  • 1 - The weather of Sapa in Spring (from March to May)
  • 2 - Summer weather in Sapa (June to August)
  • 3 - Sapa weather in  Fall (September to November)
  • 4 – Sapa in winter (December to February)
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Weather in Sapa
Source: Krisztian Tabori

Sapa is located in the Northwest of Vietnam and is a tourist destination that receives the attention of many domestic and foreign tourists. The majestic beauty of the mountains and unforgettable experiences of interacting with indigenous people have become a highlight to help keep anyone here.

I -  Overview of Sapa weather and climate 

Although Sapa is located in the North, because this place is high and close to the tropical climate, it possesses a humid, temperate subtropical climate with a cool atmosphere all year round. The annual average temperature of Sapa is around 15˚C. There is not much difference during the day and night. The average rainfall in this place ranges from 1,800mm to 2,200mm.

II – Sapa weather by month

1 - The weather of Sapa in Spring (from March to May)

Sapa climate in Spring has the following clear characteristics:
- Rain and wind: scattered rain, but from March onwards, it almost stops. However, it should be noted that there are still hails in February, March and April.
- Fog: At this time of the year, Sapa appears dense fog in the early morning, covering most of the hills, valleys and villages. However, by noon, the clouds gradually dissolve because of the sun, and at night it is extremely dry.
- Average temperature in Sapa: 15˚C to 18˚C.
- Average rainfall in Sapa: over 300mm

Sapa weather

Spring in Sapa - Source: Aamyr

The experiences that visitors cannot miss when coming to Sapa spring can be mentioned as:
- Admiring the hundreds of species of flowers blooming on the hills, valleys, villages such as plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, pear flowers etc.
- Enjoying a variety of sweet and fragrant fruits, such as peaches, plums, apple cats, pears, etc.
-Conquering Mount Fansipan - roof of Indochina. The feeling of standing from the roof of Indochina and gazing at the whole city covered in thick fog is amazing.
- Taking part in traditional festivals here. For example: the Spring Festival of the Dao and Tay people, the New Year dance ceremony of the Dao in Ta Van, the village sweeping ceremony of the Xa Pho people ...
Detailed Sapa Vietnam weather in spring:

 

Month Temp (C) & Rainfall (mm) Characteristics
March - 10 - 18
- 106
Scattered rains, low temperature
April - 14 - 22
- 213
High volume rainfall
May - 16 - 22,4
- 346
High volume rainfall

2 - Summer weather in Sapa (June to August)

Characteristics of the Sapa weather in Summer:
- Rain and wind: in summer, there are often hails or whirlwinds in Sapa. In the villages, there may be landslides, flash floods. It can be said that this time is the rain and flood season.
- Fog: scattered throughout the day, but denser in the afternoon.
- Average temperature: 17 - 19 degrees C.
- Rainfall: Average over 400mm

Temprerature in Sapa

Sapa in summer - Source: Trieu Van

Beautiful sights/tourist experiences in summer:
- Summer in Sapa is the season of sowing rice, the terraced fields are now covered with a green color. It is an amazing sight for tourists to witness.
- Visitors to Sapa at this time cannot miss the sweet flavors from typical fruits such as Bac Ha plum, mulberry etc.
- Experiencing climbing to the top of Ham Rong mountain. Visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of Sapa town from this location as well as enjoy the vibrant colors of the plants and flowers.
- Visit Sapa stone church and do not forget to visit the 2 most famous waterfalls here, namely Silver waterfall, Love waterfall.
Detailed Sapa weather in the summer months

 

Month Temp (C) & Rainfall (mm) Characteristics
June - 17,6 - 22,8
- 410
High volume of rainfall
July - 17,7 - 23
- 465
High possibility of heavy rains and whirlwinds
August - 17,4 - 23,1
- 449mm
High possibility of heavy rains and whirlwinds

3 - Sapa weather in  Fall (September to November)

Characteristics of weather in fall:
- Rain: only scattered rains and low-volume rainfall
- Fog: no longer dense, only a thin layer in the early morning and at night.
- Average temperature: 14˚C - 26˚C
- Rainfall: Average 500mm

Sapa climate

Sapa in fall - Source: Trieu Van

Beautiful scenes / tourist experiences in the fall: Fall in Sapa is extremely impressive by the yellow color of ripe rice, stretching across the hills and mountains. This is also the time when many foreign tourists, photographers come.
Detailed information about Sapa weather in the fall months

 

Month Temp (C) & Rainfall (mm) Characteristics
September - 15,94 - 21,6
- 313
Cold, dry weather, a few scattered rains
October - 13,5 - 19
- 215
Cold, dry weather, a few scattered rains
November - 10 - 15,9
- 112
Cold, dry weather, a few scattered rains

4 – Sapa in winter (December to February)

Characteristics of Sapa weather in Winter:
- Rain and wind: There is often drizzle rain and the weather is cold.
- Fog: so dense it is easy to limit the vision of visitors.
- Average temperature: below 10˚C
- Average rainfall: over 300mm

Sapa weather by month

Sapa in winter - Source: Vietravel

Beautiful views/tourist experiences during winter:
- Visiting Muong Hoa valley: Especially in a few years when the temperature drops to about 0 - 1˚C, visitors coming here can see the scenery of Sapa sunk in the white snow.  Snow time in Sapa is very short, it lasts for only a few days and usually happens in December or January.
- Climbing Mount Fansipan: Conquering the "roof of Indochina" will be more difficult in winter. However, for travelers who love the challenge, this is worth-trying challenge.
- Winter in Sapa is very suitable to enjoy hot dishes such as grilled fish, salmon hotpot,...Detailed information about Sapa weather in winter months:

 

Month Temp (C) & Rainfall (mm) Characteristics
December - 6,9 - 13,4
- 64
Dry cold weather
January - 6,2 - 12,5
- 63
Dry, chilly weather
February - 7,5 - 14,1
- 81
Cold dry windy


Some information about the weather in Sapa. Hopefully, it can help visitors get the most thoughtful preparation when coming to this area.

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