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What Is the Best Month to Visit Sapa Vietnam?

Sapa is one of the most attractive and famous destinations in Vietnam. Coming to the mountainous town in the Northwest, you should choose the best month to visit Sapa Vietnam in order to get the best memorable experiences during your trip. This article below will show you the best time to visit and suggest some must-visit sites there.

The best month to visit Sapa Vietnam

Due to the topographic and the climate of Northwest Vietnam, there are 2 main seasons in Sapa: the rainy season (wet season) and dry season. The rainy season is from June to September and the Dry season is between September to May next year. In each season, there are a lot of different beautiful landscapes, but the foreign usually choose the dry season because the rainy season is the peak of the summer holiday so Sapa is full of domestic visitors.

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In the rainy season, the weather is cool in daytime and cold in night time so that Sapa is the best place for people who want to escape the chilly hot weather of your city or your hometown. The temperature is between 15 – 25 Celsius degrees, so you should prepare a light coat. You can be easy to see the green mountain range without the fog, so it is the best experience if you visit at that time. However, the heavy rain can occur at any time and can last a few days, you should bring a raincoat during your itinerary.

In the dry season, the weather is cold in the daytime and chilly cold in the nighttime, and it is foggy in the morning and the late afternoon, sometimes fog can be all day. Of course, the weather is colder than Hanoi, so if you move from Hanoi to Sapa, you should prepare the warm clothes, warm shoes… for your trip. If you want to take a trek along the villages, you should bring both warm clothes and light clothes. Actually, it is the best time to visit Sapa, the weather is dry (sometimes it is wet because of thick fog) so you can be easy to discover the beauty of Sapa.

Sapa Weather In Brief before you go:

From March – May: This is perfect with the warm and dry weather and for trekking and outdoor activities.
From June – September: It is time for rainy weather. Sapa is in the summer holiday of local and crowded with Vietnamese tourists
From September – December: The weather is cool dry. It is perfect for all activities like trekking, sightseeing. Especially, in mid – September is time of the golden rice terraced fields of Sapa, so you should choose that time.
From December – February: It is a harsh winter, but still dry and perfect for tourists. In this period, it can be snowy so you should find weather information before visiting.

So the best month to visit Sapa Vietnam is from September – May every year, you should give advice from the expert destination or local people to get the best experience.

Why visiting Sapa?

Coming to Vietnam, Sapa is one of the must-visit destinations due to many attractive and beautiful sites below:

1. Sapa Church

The ancient Sapa church is known as the stone church or the Holy Rosary church, it is built by the French from the early 20th century and located in the heart of Sapa town, near Sapa lake, so you can be easy to find it. People do not know whenever Sapa church become the symbol of Sapa. It is also the place where shows many traditional cultural activities of lots of ethnic minorities in Sapa. On the other hand, there is a tennis area in front of the church, many unique cultural activities of local people every Saturday with Xoe dance, flute… or any important events in Sapa town.

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You can drink a cup of coffee in a coffee shop in front of the church and see it from another corner, it is the best experience for you.

2. Sapa villages

Sapa is famous for the many ethnic villages, each of them has the different culture, location… However, Hmong, Tay, Red Dao ethnic minorities prevail in the villages. If you want to take a short trek, Villages near Sapa town are the best choices for you. However, you should stay at a homestay of local people to get more experiences. In the best month to visit Sapa Vietnam, you can have at least 2 days 1 night to visit some nearby villages. Of course, if you have enough time, you can choose the long route in order to visit more beautiful villages.

Ta Van village

Ta Van Village is one of the popular places, which is located in Muong Hoa Valley – the beautiful site and must-visit destination in Sapa. The village is 10km from Sapa center, and you can be easy to visit it. However, if you want to trek around Ta Van village, you should rent a local English speaking guide, they will show you know more about the culture, clothes of the ethnic people and help you interact with them. Some ethnic minorities live in Ta Van village are Hmong, Red Dao, Giay. To get more experience here, you can choose the suitable homestay with the valley view, mountain view or terraced field view in order to overnight.

Lao Chai village

It is the small village with about 100 families Black Hmong, very easily accessible place from the Sapa downtown. There are some local houses only in Hoang Lien Mountain range. You can reach the pretty commune by hiking 7 km to the southeast of the center along the west bank of Muong Hoa stream. Moving to Lao Chai village, you can go by car, motorbike, bicycle but if you have more time, you should spend time trekking following the path of mountainside, the landscapes are so stunning. During your trekking route, you can learn about the local life, explore the beauty of the landscapes of the upland region. However, the best time to visit Lao Chai is in the rice season, you will be attractive with the most fabulous rice terraced fields in the valley, the mountain.

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Sin Chai village

Sin Chai village is located at the foot of Fansipan Mount – the roof of Indochina and in Hoang Lien National park. However, it is far from Sapa downtown, about 30 km, visitors usually trek from the center to this village. Sin Chai is home of Red Dao ethnic community, it is easy to realize them throughout their clothes with distinctive silver jewelry and an enormous red turban. Here the locals will take the time to teach textile weaving and dying, will take the group on a locally built trail to explain the names and function of the local flora. In this village, you can have an opportunity to attend the community here like traditional sporting or tree planting. From here, you can trek to other villages such as Cat Cat village – the village of black H’mong people.

3. Fansipan Mountain – 3143 meters

At the height of 3,143 meters, Fansipan is the highest mount of Vietnam and the roof of Indochina. It is located in the Hoang Lien mountain range, about 9km from the Southwest of Sapa center and lying in the border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau province.

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Now, to get the high peak is not more difficult than the past because you can go to the peak by cable car, about 15 minutes. However, if you want to climb Fansipan mountain, you can start from Tram Ton or Cat Cat village, it will take you at least 1 day – 3 days. You will discover the beauty and diversity of Hoang Lien national park and have more experience during the trek.

4. Silver waterfall

Coming to Silver waterfall, it is far about 15 km from the center, you will spend about 30 minutes driving car or motorbiking on the National Highway No 4D. Silver Waterfall is formed by sources of water from the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak. From the distance, the waterfall looks like a white dragon looking down from the sky. If you visit Thac Bac, you can move about 4 km to visit Heaven Gate where you will find spectacular natural paintings, the dense forest, especially far away is the little-crooked path. And they will feel the differences between two border provinces Lai Chau and Lao Cai.

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Sapa is beautiful all days, but the best month to visit Sapa Vietnam is only taken a part ofa year from September to May. However, if you really want to Sapa, you should book service in advance in order to make sure the best option for you when visiting here.

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From Novice to Speaker: My Vietnamese Journey

​It’s another typical family dinner. I am sitting around a table of at least 10. Everyone is laughing, shouting, and exchanging jokes and stories over delicious food. But I may as well be eating alone. See, we are at my boyfriend Derek’s family home. Derek is Vietnamese, and while I will never turn down a meal that involves ​Vietnamese food, I can’t help but feel dispirited when everyone is speaking to one another in a language that I can’t understand. After one too many empty plates and missed jokes, I vowed to Derek that I would one day learn Vietnamese. Just a few weeks later, on my birthday, Derek surprised me with Rosetta Stone Vietnamese and told me to “put my money where my mouth is.” Challenge accepted. To this day I don’t think he ever expected what would come next, and to be honest, neither did I. 

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​Munching on some traditional Vietnamese fare. 

​At the time I was in Liverpool, England, filming a show called “House of Anubis.” On set we have lots of breaks and I started filling in those moments with my ​Vietnamese lessons. I was instantly hooked. Thirty minutes a day turned into hours and I found myself looking forward to every spare moment I had just to get a few more lessons in. I loved how I could pop open the app whenever, wherever I was and start learning. If I was on set between takes and couldn’t make noise, I would do a reading or vocabulary lesson. When I was alone in my trailer between scenes, I would focus on my pronunciation. Derek came to visit again 6 weeks later and I hadn’t said a word about what I had been up to. I took him to a little Vietnamese restaurant I had started frequenting in Liverpool’s historic Chinatown. He nearly fell out of his chair when, out of the blue, I introduced him to my new friends and ordered our entire lunch . . . in Vietnamese! 

​”I loved how I could pop open the app whenever, wherever I was and start learning.”

I kept my lessons up regularly over those next few months and by the time I came home I was speaking conversational Vietnamese. Not only was it so rewarding on a personal level to feel I had made such an accomplishment, but it was so exciting to go out, practice my new language, and surprise people. Looking at me, no one would expect that I would start blurting out Vietnamese, and that’s what made it so much fun. But this fun hobby I’d picked up became something life-changing when I went to Vietnam for my first time. I knew I wanted to go, there isn’t anywhere on earth I wouldn’t want to travel to, but I didn’t realize how much of an impact that trip would have on me and the person I am today. Being able to communicate with people in a foreign country in their own language turns a vacation into something so much more meaningful. It truly brings you out of being a tourist and suddenly you are a local. 

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​With my boyfriend, Derek, during our trip to Vietnam. 

Derek and I managed to squeeze in time while I was on hiatus from “House of Anubis.” I flew from Liverpool, he flew from LA, and we met in Vietnam. I was excited to see Derek, thrilled to have some time off, but more than anything, I couldn’t wait to practice my Vietnamese​​ in the motherland! I found myself wandering the streets of Saigon in search of the best bánh mì (a delicious Vietnamese baguette filled with pâté, deli meats, and pickled veggies) and drinking cà phê sữa đá with new friends at coffee shops in Hanoi. I even haggled my way down to a lower price for a painting I bought at Bến Thành Market! Me . . . haggling . . . in Vietnamese! I can’t even haggle back home in English!

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​Biking with ​a tour guide in the Mekong Delta. 

​But one experience shines above all the rest. I will never forget my trip to Cu-Chi tunnels, north of Ho Chi Minh City (still referred to by expats as Saigon). The Cu-Chi tunnels are a vast and highly sophisticated network of tunnels that the Viet Minh and later the Viet Cong built to infiltrate the South during the decades long wars. Today, the site is a popular tourist destination where visitors get the chance to walk through the tunnels and learn about what life was like for the millions of Northern soldiers during those long years. It’s a deeply emotional experience, especially for Americans, who have suffered their own traumas but have only been exposed to one side of this complex and brutal part in both American and Vietnamese history. When I was down in the tunnels, I no longer thought in terms of Northerner/Southerner, Vietnamese/American, or communist/capitalist. All I could think of was the horrors of war and the sacrifices people made to survive and fight for what they believe in.  

​”When I was down in the tunnels, I no longer thought in terms of Northerner/Southerner, Vietnamese/American, or communist/capitalist. All I could think of was the horrors of war and the sacrifices people made to survive and fight for what they believe in.”

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​We had a long bus ride to get to the tunnels and I passed the time by striking up a conversation with our tour guide. Between his broken English and my conversational Vietnamese, we were able to connect on a much deeper level. He told me the story of his experience during the war, how he dreamed of being a doctor but the war got in the way and he had to leave medical school and serve. After the war he tried to escape three times, but was sent back again and again. At that stage I only had a few days left of vacation and, to be honest, I had been dreading going back to work. I was homesick, I missed my family, and I really didn’t want to go back to cloudy England. When I talked to him I realized how ungrateful I had been acting. Here was this man who, for reasons completely out of his control, was unable to follow his dreams. And here I was, fulfilling my passion, and yet I was complaining about petty things like the weather. At that moment I swore I would never forget this conversation. And I haven’t.

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​The Vietnamese man, whose story changed my life.

I still have his photo on my windowsill. It’s moved with me everywhere I have lived, from Liverpool, to Los Angeles, to New York, to Bogotá​, and every time I look at that photo, I am reminded of that conversation and that time in Vietnam. It makes me think of all the people around the world who I have come across and never spent the time to get to know, or never been able to communicate with. He will probably never know how much he meant to me, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to have spoken with this man and for my time spent in beautiful Vietnam. Language really is the ultimate connector. 

​Explore Vietnamese and start speaking like a local today with Rosetta Stone. 

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