Experience the beautiful winter with Sapa Vietnam Tours

The gentle beauty of Sapa in winter

Located in the mountainous area of northwest Vietnam, Sapa is well-known for its most wonderful scene in the S-shaped country; especially its unique landscape in winter. Snowing in the tropical climate country like Vietnam seems weird, but when winter says “hello” Sapa is submerged in a pool of immerse white dew and fog that draws a gentle beauty and romantic scenery. Sometimes, in December and January, the whole town of Sapa falls deeply into the winter. The temperature is too low at that time, it sometimes snows. This characteristic interests a lot of people choosing this destination to discover in their Sapa Vietnam tours.

 

The gentle beauty of Sapa in winter

The gentle beauty of Sapa in winter

Winter in Sapa: December to February

Towards the end of November, autumn has already gone through Sapa. It is when the harvest season with the endless yellow rice paddles like golden ribbons is basically done. Sapa is taken over by the winter lasting to the February and March.  

 

The sleeping town of Sapa under the blanket of mysterious mist

The sleeping town of Sapa under the blanket of mysterious mist

Sapa features a low average temperature of only 10-15 degrees of Celsius. However, when falling deeply in the winter, the weather can be extremely cold; even causing ‘snow falling” sometimes. Taking off the coat of stunning landscape with sunshine, now Sapa dresses new clothes of fresh white snow and mysterious mist. Sapa in December is cold and foggy with a few sunny days. For some particular days, the temperature sometimes drops as low as a freezing point that makes the whole town be covered by ice.

Turning to January and February are 2 coldest months in Sapa when the weather seems to be foggy all day. When the sun rises, fog can be lifted and then it unveils its dazzling beauty in the sunlight but the cold still remains. The average temperature at this time is only 8°C and be much lower at night. Sapa in March gets a little bit warmer in the weather because it will be welcoming the Spring; when new buds sprout on the trees and the town is refreshed with cherry blossom.

 

Sapa is dressing the new coat of Western winter

Sapa is dressing the new coat of Western winter

The cold in Sapa can be distinguished from that of Western countries, because of the features of tropical climate, therefore, Vietnamese people call “sweet cold”. To see how sweet the winter is, go to Sapa Vietnam tours to experience yourself because no word can express that.

The whole  miraculous picture of Sapa in winter

Visiting in summer, Sapa Vietnam tours gives tourists a great opportunity to explore the magical nature drawn by the stunning terraced field, romantic valley. Turning into winter, Sapa appears with totally different beauty. The fog hangs around and covers every corner that brings to this town an ethereal mysterious landscape: “Set foot on the mountain, touch the clouds and see the gateway to heaven”.

Contrast to the stunning and dynamic picture in other seasons, now Sapa has become more quiet and peaceful under the blanket of white fog. Everything is peaceful. It seems that everything falls in a long sleep so that you can feel like the time is likely to stop.  Sapa streets, rows of trees, ancient palaces and Western architecture villas sitting on the hill slopes appear and then disappear in the mist.

 

Everything is peaceful

Everything is peaceful

What tourists can do in winter of Sapa?

Enjoy the misty Sapa

Traveling to Sapa Vietnam tours in December, you may contemplate the breath-taking view of fog, mist, and snow; that you can’t find in any elsewhere in Vietnam. This beauty makes Sapa look like a miniature of European countries described in fairy tales of Andersen. In the early morning, everything is shrouded by fog; even you can’t see anything from 2 or 3 meters away.

No matter how cold the weather is, in Ham Rong mountain, there are many kinds of the flower; which can survive during the freezing atmosphere. Daisy is still bright yellow, the orchids still bloom to prove its vitality. Sapa in February will become more colorful by cherry and plum blossom ’s buds; which are the signals of Spring and upcoming Lunar New Year.

 

The vigorous vitality of Cherry blossom in the freezing winter

The vigorous vitality of Cherry blossom in the freezing winter

Watch snowfall

As told above, the temperature of Sapa in December can sometimes drop below 0°C. That’s why if you’re luckier in your Sapa Vietnam tours, you can admire the picturesque scene of ice and snow. Do not miss this rare chance to go sightseeing, make a snowman, play snowball fighting, and take memorable photographs as well.

 

What a lovely snowman in Sapa

What a lovely snowman in Sapa

Strolling around the streets

Sapa in winter is less crowded so that you can feel truly enjoyable your Sapa Vietnam tours. Put on the coat, then go out to see, to feel and to share. See the misty landscape, feel the sweet cold and share with the daily life of local people. Many tourists prefer walking around the lake, the stone church especially on the muted light of the street’s lamp. It seems that it’s winter reduce the distance, then get people closer to each other; so that you are very open to hold a hand or hug people around you. One of the most interesting activities you must try is to stop at any shop to sip a cup of hot coffee or tea; while watching how the world is going by.

 

Go to see, feel, and share

Go to see, feel, and share

Climb Mount Fansipan Legend

Your Sapa tour packages will not be completed until you set your foot on the highest peak of Indochina Peninsula; which is 3,143m above the sea level. Located in the southwestern part of Sapa town, now Fansipan Mount has been promoted to be a complex tourist destination including resorts, cable car. The best time to climb this mountain is in Spring or Autumn, however, it’s still ideal for you to start trekking Fansipan if you don’t mind the cold weather. You can go to the summit of Fansipan Mountain by foot (trekking) or cable car based on your ability. For sure, trekking Mountain Fansipan requires careful planning, preparation, and the readiness as well; because you have to go on terrific hiking trails, but the magic is waiting for you on the top of Fansipan peak.

 

Here is the magic on the top of Fansipan Mount

Here is the magic on the top of Fansipan Mount

Sit by the cooking fire and enjoy must-eat dishes in Sapa

In the paradise of Sapa, you not only have a chance to enjoy a wide range of delicious unique specialties but also explore the culinary culture of local people there. Under the freezing weather of winter, it will be fantastic to sit by the cooking fire to enjoy the great barbecue with grilled pork, buffalo meat or a hotpot of salmon, drink corn wine while chatting with your friends. If you are in Sapa in January, February or March you can join many traditional spring festivals with lots of activities like dancing, singing parties. There is nothing more wonderful and of course, it will probably be one of the most memorable moments in your Sapa Vietnam tours you will miss so much when you come back your sweet home.

 

Winter is likely to be replaced by a cosy BBQ

Winter is likely to be replaced by a cosy BBQ

What you should notice when visiting Sapa in winter?
  •         Make sure you prepare enough warm clothes, it’s better to bring some coats which can be resistant against water and wind.
  •         Bring necessary accessories like scarf, gloves, socks, etc.
  •         Some kinds of medicines are necessary to ensure you have a healthy Sapa Vietnam tours
  •         Traveling Sapa in winter, you should bring some ginger tea or a bottle of wine to keep your body warm
  •         Keep an eye on the weather forecast before you go to Sapa. In case of thick snow, transferring by train is highly recommended. Don’t worry about the service quality of trains to Sapa, the trains are equipped with toilets, comfortable beds, pillows, and blankets.

Taking a tour of Exploring Sapa 3 days by land in the winter has become the trend of travelers in recent years. Though it’s freezing in Sapa, the keyword of Sapa “The Cloud City” remains “hottest”. You are asking why many people want to escape the cold weather, there is an inverse trend in Sapa. Go and give the answer on your own way.

 

Le Huu Dan – Travel Lover