All you need to know about Sapa weather

All you need to know about Sapa weather

Whenever you travel, getting to know about the weather of the place you’re going to see is one of the most important things to make sure you have a memorable trip. 

Dubbed as the germ of the Northwest, Sapa is an appealing destination you should not miss when traveling to Vietnam. Breathtaking landscape, diverse cultures and the interesting life of ethnic people are highlights of this land.

But, what is the best time to visit Sapa? What’s the weather like in Sapa all year round? Let’s see in this article.

Sapa weather all year round

Sapa weather in January

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in January is approximately 10 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 23mm precipitation during the month. During winter months, the weather is much milder than the rest of the year and it's not unheard of for temperatures to plummet to zero during the night.

Humidity

However, you can mainly expect Sapa to have a mixed climate throughout the day with sunshine in one part of the day and rain and frost the next. Humidity for the town can reach 82% but due to the cooler temperatures, visitors shouldn't expect any discomfort. The climate at this time of year makes it a good time to take part in outdoor activities, such as walking. However, there can be frost and fog at this time of year so check local weather forecasts before setting off on outdoor exploration.

Sapa weather in February

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in February is around 11 °C. You can expect rainfall with an average of 80mm precipitation during the month. The moderate amount of rainfall in the area is due to rain, fog, and mist that is a general factor at this time of year. However, towards the end of the month, warmer temperatures start to arrive.

Sapa in spring

Sapa in spring

Humidity

Generally, a day in Sapa can bring many weather conditions like fog in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon. Humidity for the town can reach 82% but you won't feel any discomfort due to the cooler temperatures. The climate at this time of year makes it a great time to take part in outdoor activities, however, check local forecasts if you're planning on hiking or spending the day outdoors. Frost, cloud cover and fog can cause visibility to be impaired so proceed with caution.

Sapa weather in March

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in March is approximately 15 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 100 mm precipitation during the month. The weather in the area is often erratic with tourists experiencing four different seasons in one day.

Humidity

Humidity for the town can reach 81% but due to the milder temperatures, visitors shouldn't experience any discomfort. The climate at this time of year makes it a great time to explore the outdoors. Walking, cycling and viewing the local scenery are all popular activities to do in Sapa.

Sapa weather in April

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in April is approximately 17 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 140mm precipitation during the course of 11 days of the month.

Fansipan - The roof of Indochina

Fansipan - The roof of Indochina

Humidity

Humidity for the town can reach 80% but due to the slightly warmer temperatures at this time of year, visitors may feel fatigued. It's best to avoid spending too much time outdoors as you may feel discomfort. However, rain and drizzle are likely to occur during April.

Sapa weather in May

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in May is approximately 20 °C. However, tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 265mm precipitation during the month. This higher amount of rainfall doesn't mean you need to pack heavy clothing as the temperatures are warm during this time of the year.

Humidity

Humidity for the town can reach 79% but due to the warmer temperatures, visitors should be cautioned. The humidity can cause fatigue and heat stroke so it's best not to spend too much time outdoors. If you're heading outside to explore then take regular breaks from the heat and drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

Sapa weather in June

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in June is approximately 21 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 307mm precipitation during the month. During summer months, visitors can expect hot weather with warm nights.

Humidity

Humidity for the town can reach 81% but due to the warmer temperatures, visitors can expect it to feel sticky and muggy. Caution is advised as you can suffer from heatstroke or exhaustion during this time of year. It's best to avoid spending too much time outdoors, drink lots of water to stay hydrated and take regular breaks in a cool area.

Beautiful waterfall in Sapa

Beautiful waterfall in Sapa

Sapa weather in July

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in July is approximately 21 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 461 mm precipitation over the course of 22 days during the month. However, this may appear in cloud cover, rain and drizzle.

Humidity

Humidity for the town can reach 83% but due to the warm temperatures, tourists should be warned of sunstroke and heat exhaustion. If you're planning on exploring the outdoors then drink lots of water to keep hydrated and don't spend too much time in the direct sun. Try to take regular breaks from the heat to cool off too.

Sapa weather in August

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in August is approximately 21 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 430mm precipitation over the course of 23 days during the month. This usually occurs as rain and drizzle due to the tropical climate at this time of year.

Humidity

Despite the heavy rain, August is a warm month and ideal for tourists who are seeking a hot environment to be in. Humidity for the town can reach 83% but due to the warmer temperatures, visitors should be aware that heat exhaustion and fatigue may occur. If you're spending time outdoors then make sure that you drink lots of water to stay hydrated and take regular breaks from the heat. Indoor activities are highly recommended but spending some time outside if perfectly fine as long as you take precautions.

Sapa weather in September

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in September is approximately 20 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 268mm precipitation during the month. September is said to be one of the wettest months in Sapa but it's one of the few places where visitors can experience all four seasons in one day. Therefore, don't be surprised if it's clear and sunny in the morning and heavy rainfall in the afternoon.

Muong Hoa Valley

Muong Hoa Valley

Humidity

Humidity for the town can reach 82% but due to the temperatures, visitors should be warned that heat exhaustion and fatigue can occur at this time of year. If you're planning on exploring the outdoors then drink lots of water to stay hydrated and ensure that you take regular breaks from the heat by going indoors to cool off.

Sapa weather in October

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in October is approximately 17 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 91mm precipitation during the month. Though you can expect rain or drizzle at this time of year, the temperatures are generally higher than in the UK.

Humidity

Humidity for the town can reach 82% but caution is advised as it can feel very muggy and sticky. If you're spending time outdoors then take regular breaks to cool off from the heat.

Sapa weather in November

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in November is approximately 14 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 56mm precipitation during the month. As winter approaches, the weather starts to become milder. However, it's generally slightly warmer than the weather in some parts of Europe.

Humidity

It's a great time to take part in outdoor activities in the area like walking or cycling. Humidity for the town can reach 82% but due to the cooler temperatures, visitors shouldn't expect any discomfort.

Sapa weather in December

Temperature/Rain

The daily average temperature for Sapa in December is approximately 12 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 26mm precipitation during the month. During winter months, the weather is much milder than the rest of the year but it's the perfect time of year to go on outdoor pursuits.

Winter in Sapa

Winter in Sapa

Humidity

Humidity for the town can reach 81% but due to the cooler temperatures, visitors shouldn't expect any discomfort.

What is the best time to visit Sapa?

March to May is another great time to come to Sapa, with sunny days, good weather and fresh air. June is an unstable month; sometimes wet season comes earlier in mid-June, so tourists should be mindful of June, too. In general, March to May and September to mid-December is two best times to visit this marvelous town.

FAQ about Sapa

Is Sapa worth visiting?

Less than 20 years ago, Sapa was as off the beaten path as you might want to go in Vietnam, but is now considered by many to be 'too touristy.' We discuss why Sapa is still worth visiting in 2019. ... It is one of Vietnam's top tourist destinations, and for very good reason.

How many days should  I spend in Sapa?

While it's true that the length of your trip depends on the mode of transport you'd like to take, most people agree that 3 days and 2 nights is perfect for a trip to Sapa. Also, if you are considering when to visit Sapa, see the best time to visit Sapa.

Does Sapa have snow?

Snow is a typical weather phenomenon occurring when the temperature is too low. Depending on the weather condition each year, the snow usually falls between December 15 and January 1, which is the coldest period of the year in Sapa. The snowfall often lasts about 1 to 2 days.

How do I get to Sapa?

The easiest, most convenient, and most popular way of getting to Sapa Vietnam is by train. The journey usually takes around eight hours if you're coming from Hanoi. However, this only takes you to Lao Cai Railway Station; from there, you need to take a shuttle bus to reach Sapa.