Sapa has a subtropical climate, with cooler temperatures compared to other areas owing to its northerly position and elevation. The hottest months are July and August, with average temperatures of around 20 degrees celsius, but they are also the wettest. The coldest months are January and February, with average temperatures of around 8-9 degrees and occasionally, snow in the highest areas. The area is also prone to fog and mist during the winter months which can add to the atmosphere but detracts from the views of the incredible scenery.
Sapa's beauty at begining of winter
The peak season for visiting Sapa is from June to August, when the weather is at its hottest. The three months either side of the peak season also have favourable conditions, with the added bonus of being quieter. Prior to the peak season in April and May the rice paddies will be a vibrant green. Whereas, in September, the paddies turn a rich gold colour as this is the harvest season.
Terraced Rice Fields in Sa Pa in Summer