Weather in Sapa

Thanks to favorable weather conditions all year round, Sapa can be visited at any time of the year.

With temperate climate, Sapa is an ideal place for those who want to escape from hot summer days. Especially, you will have chance to feel the weather of 4 seasons during a day in Sapa. In the morning, the weather is like spring. At noon, it is sunny and cloudless as the weather of summer. In the evening, dew weather makes you feel like being in the autumn and at night, it is cold like winter.

The average temperature of Sapa is 15 Degree Celsius with the highest temperature in April (33 Degree Celsius) and the lowest temperature in January (0 Degree Celsius). The average humidity varies between 85-90% and Sapa receives an average rainfall of 2,762 mm per year.

You can travel to Sapa at any time of the year. Each season has its own features for you to explore.

  1. Spring: Spring falls from February to May with the average temperature of 15-18 Degree Celsius. You will have chance to get the spectacular view of plum flowers and green sprouts as well as enjoy the lively life of local people here.
  2. Summer: Summer falls from late May to early August. However, the summer weather in Sapa is not as intense as that in the plain or coastal area. During the day, the average temperature is 20-25 Degree Celsius and at night, it falls to 13-15 Degree Celsius. Sapa is an ideal place for you to spend your summer holiday.
  3. Autumn: the best time to visit Sapa is Autumn (from late Autumn to November) when you can enjoy the cool weather and fresh air. Especially, you will be impressed by the stunning beauty of ripen terraced rice fields.
  4. Winter: If you like the cold of mountainous area, you should visit Sapa in winter when it’s so foggy with the temperature under 0 degree Celsius sometimes. Visiting Sapa during the period of December – March, you will be expected to see snow or frost.

Sapa tourist attractions

Sapa is a famous travelling spot in Vietnam which has appeared on many well-known magazines of other countries. Travelling to Sapa, you will have chance to explore the spectacular beauty of nature as well as the unique local lifestyle.

Below are some famous tourist attractions in Sapa:

  1. Lao Chai- Ta Van

This is an ideal place for those who prefer a peaceful atmosphere and want to find an escape from hustle and bustle city life. It is 7 kilometers far from Sapa town and is inhabited by H’mong, Dzao, Dzay and Tay people.

Lao Chai – Ta Van is a valley lying between Hoang Lien Son range and Ham Rong mountain. It is surrounded by terraced paddy fields. If you travel to Lao Chai- Ta Van during the period from April to September, you will be able to enjoy the most stunning beauty of it.

  1. Fansipan Mountain

If you are a fan of trekking and conquering tour, Fansipan Mountain must be included in your journey. It is also known as the roof of Indochina with the height of 3143 meters above sea level.

Nowadays, there are many paths leading to Fansipan peaks which save time for tourists. You can take a 2-day tour with the price of 1.500.000-3.000.000 Vietnam dong to conquer the peak.

Alternatively, you can visit Fansipan mountain in a half day tour by cable car system which costs you about 600.000đ/round way ticket.

  1. Ham Rong mountain

Located near Sapa town, Ham Rong mountain is also a famous tourist attraction in Sapa. The price for climbing the mountain is 70.000 Vietnam dong. On way to the mountain, you will have opportunity to see of various colorful flowers. Especially, when you have reached the peak, you will be able to get the whole view of Muong Hoa valley, Sa Pa and Ta Phin in the distance.

  1. Silver waterfall

Being 12 kilometers far from Sapa town, Silver waterfall is formed from the flows of the creek above. There are two ways to get to Silver waterfall and you can hear the sound of the water flows on way there. From the top, Silver waterfall is very beautiful. Moreover, on the foot of the waterfall, there is a salmon raising area.

  1. Love Waterfall

Love waterfall is the most romantic place in Sapa and is visited by many tourists especially couples. The entrance ticket is 30.000 Vietnam dong.

  1. Sapa rock church

Sapa rock church was constructed in 1895 by French. Nowadays, it has been renovated and upgraded to become a symbol of Sapa tourism.

  1. Ancient rock field

Ancient rock field is situated in Muong Hoa valley and considered as the mark of aliens. With more than 150 rocks carved with special and unique pattern, the rock field never fails to attract visitors.

Accommodation in Sapa

One of travellers’ top concerns when travelling to Sapa is about accommodation.

Sapa can offer all kinds of accommodation, which can meet the requirements of all visitors.

Like many other famous tourist attraction, most of hotels in Sapa will be run out when it comes to holiday, or Tet. Therefore, travellers should book rooms in advance. As usual, people visit prestigious websites such as: agoda.com to look for information, and contact to hotels to confirm the rooms one month before the trip.

If arriving in Sapa without booking rooms in advance, people can find out a room at hotels or motels in Cau May or Fansipan street. The average price of hotels ranges from 200.000 – 300.000 VND per room per night on weekdays. However, you will have to pay surcharge on holidays (about 50.000 VND or more depending on)

Here are some hotels for reference:

Luxurious hotels: Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa (2.500.000 – 3.500.000VND), Topas Ecolodge Resort Sapa (2.000.000 – 3.500.000 VND), Châu Long Sapa (2.000.000 VND), Sapa Paradise View Hotel (2.000.000 VND), Bamboo Sapa Hotel (1.000.000 – 2.000.000 VND)…

Medium hotels, motels: Sapa Lodge Hotel (600.000 VND), Stone Garden Homestay (300.000 – 600.000 VND), Thai Binh Sapa Hotel (600.000 VND),…

Cheap hotels, motels: the price is about 100.000 – 200.000 VND; Violet Hotel, Sapa Backpackers, Sapa Hostel, Pumpkin Sapa Hotel…

Famous attractions in Sapa

Sapa is famous not only in Vietnam but also on many prestigious newspapers about traveling worldwide. When come to Sapa, tourists have the opportunity to explore the colorful picturesque landscape and beautiful lifestyle in this mountain town.

Like a fanciful fog city, Sapa’s weather is always cool, fresh and ideal for visiting throughout the year. Below are some top Sapa attractions and historical sites:

  1. Lao Chai – Ta Van

For the tourists who love peaceful, quite life and want to stay close to the nature, Lao Chai – Ta Van is a perfect place to get rid of noisy and hustling lifestyle in the urban area. It is located 7km away from the center town of Sapa and is the residence of the Mong, Dao, Giay, Tay…where there is a lot of spiritual values and cultural traditions preserved until now.

Lao Chai – Ta Van is the valley situated between the Hoang Lien Son range and Ham Rong Mountain. The village is surrounded by terraced fields which were manually created by the indigenous people for hundreds of years ago. If visiting Lao Chai – Ta Van in April or September of the year, tourists will have chance to admire the impressive, unforgettable picture of landscape in the journey exploring Sapa.

  1. Roof of Indochina – Fansipan

If you are enthusiastic about conquering and adventurous tours, Fansipan mountain is just a not-to-missed destination among the top Sapa attractions. Nowadays, it is not too difficult for tourists to conquer Fansipan, even though it is regarded as the roof of Indochina with altitude of 3143 meters above the sea level.

Currently, the road leading to the top of Fansipan has added many shorter paths. With two days one night tour, tourist can fully conquer the roof of Indochina to experience the fresh air and the joy of victory with the price ranging from 1.5 to 3 million VND.

  1. Ham Rong mountain

Located right near the center town of Sapa, Ham Rong mountain is also a famous and attractive destination with the visit ticket of 70,000 VND. On the way up, visitors can admire a variety of flowers with different colors. Especially, on the top of Ham Rong mountain, tourists can have a panoramic view of Sapa including Muong Hoa valley, Sa Pa, Ta Phin and even the towering Fansipan.

  1. Silver waterfall

Silver waterfall, 12km from the center town, is formed by water falls down from the 200-meter ravine above. The ways up and down are separately from each other; on the both roads, you can hear the sound of the waterfall. It is the most beautiful when looking down from the top of the Silver waterfall. Moreover, at the foot of the waterfall, tourists can visit a lot of ponds where people raise salmon.

  1. Love waterfall

Considered as one of the most romantic destination in Sapa, Love waterfall attracts a lot of couple to visit. Tourists can have an interesting short visit to Love waterfall with the entrance ticket of 30,000 VND while climbing up Fansipan.

  1. Sapa stone church

Built in 1985, Sapa stone church is the most complete architect by the French remained until now. Furthermore, it is voted as a top famous historical site in Sapa. Recently, it is well preserved and reconstructed and becomes an outstanding tourist icon for all tourists coming to Sapa.

  1. The ancient rock field

Sapa ancient rock field, located in Muong Hoa valley, is assumed as traces of the aliens. This is an exciting destination to many tourists with more than 150 large rocks sculpted many strange flower patterns and special shapes from thousand years ago which have yet to be answered.

 

How to get to Sapa

Sapa is the famous tourist destination in Lao Cai, Vietnam. If you want to get to Sapa from Hanoi, you can get there by different ways such as by road or by train

Until now, Lao Cai hasn’t operated airport to serve tourists traveling by air. So to get to Sapa, there are only two means of transport: bus and train.

Get to Sapa by train

Sapa is 38 km far away from Lao Cai city and 376 km from Hanoi. Because of the long distance, tourists should choose to get to Lao Cai by train in order to be healthy and have a wonderful trip.

Normally, trains depart from Hanoi Station at 9 or 10 pm and arrive at Lao Cai tomorrow morning. The price depends on the demand’s service: economical or business. The train ticket is about 250.000 VND per person per way. When you get to Lao Cai Station, you can catch a bus to go to Sapa with the price 10.000 VND per person, or catch a passenger bus with the price 30.000 VND per person. Or even, you can take a taxi with the price about 350.000 VND

If you visit Sapa in group, you can rent a bus for the whole trip. However, if you go to Sapa alone, you can go to Hanoi bus station and catch a bus which has beds inside. The price is about 250.000 to 300.000 VND per person per way.

Getting to Sapa, the advantage of bus is flexible in time, the bus goes directly to Sapa without stop in Lao Cai. However, there are some obstacles such as weather or bumpy roads. If you are carsick, you shouldn’t choose this transportation.

Finally, arriving at Sapa, you can rent motorbikes to visit famous destinations with the price about 120.000 VND per motor or you can rent motorbike taxi driver to go to 3 – 4 nearby places with the price 100.000 VND. It is more convenient for tourists to rent a car or join in travel agencies so as to ensure the whole itinerary without skipping any tourist places.

Accommodation in Sapa

One of the leading concerns when tourists visit Sapa is finding a motel or a hotel with good services and reasonable price.

Being one of the most attracting tourist sites in Vietnam, Sapa has a sufficient infrastructure system, from common to advanced, well-satisfying every customers’ demands.

Like many other famous places, if you go to Sapa on special occasions or Tet holiday, you should find some information and make a reservation in advance to avoid having no vacancies left. Normally, many people often go to reliable websites like agoda.com to look for details and contact with hotels and motels to book a room a month before.

In case you are in Sapa but forget to make a reservation in advance, you can find out one in two areas that have many cheap hotels and motels in Sapa: Cau May and Fansipan. The average price of these hotels is from 200.000 to 300.000 VND/room/night in normal day. However, when it comes to holidays, the price can increase in about 500.000 VND depending on each hotel.

Below are some motels and hotels in Sapa Vietnam with different types for you to choose:

First-class hotels: Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa (2.500.000 – 3.500.000 VND), Topas Ecolodge Resort Sapa (2.000.000 – 3.500.000 VND), Chau Long Sapa (2.000.000 VND), Sapa Paradise View Hotel (2.000.000 VND), Bamboo Sapa Hotel (1.000.000 – 2.000.000 VND)…

Mid-range hotels: Sapa Lodge Hotel (600.000 VND), Stone Garden Homestay (300.000 – 600.000 VND), Thai Binh Sapa Hotel (600.000 VND)…

Budget hotels with the price of 100.000 to 200.000 VND are Violet Hotel, Sapa Backpackers, Sapa Hotel, Pumpkin Sapa Hotel…

 

 

Introduction about Sapa

Sapa Vietnam information: Sapa is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province. This famous tourist site is complimented in many foreign magazines by its fresh air, wonderful scenes and diverse culture of local ethnics.

Sapa town, located at the height of 1600m above sea level, is also called the roof of Indochina, 38km away from Lao Cai city and 376km from Hanoi. It has population of about 42 thousand people, including 6 minority ethnics: Dao, Mung, Tay, Giay, Xa Pho, Kinh and Hoa with many traditional customs and cultures.

The etymology of the name Sa Pa is Chinese in origin: “Sa Pả” means “sand village”. Long time ago, this was just a sandy place where markets took place. Sapa was discovered by French and called as “Cha Pa”, then Vietnamese decided to call it Sapa.

Before visiting Sapa, it is necessary to find out Sapa information and Sapa travel information as well. Coming to Sapa, you will have chance to admire the beauty of Heaven Gate, Fansipan mount, Ham Rong Mountain, Silver Fall,… and immerse yourself into peaceful space with many mysterious things that nature brings about, forget the grief, worries in daily life.

It is special that visitors can talk to local people, experience Sapa love market, listen to the love sound of “Khen” – one of typical musical instruments and see ethnic girls dancing.

Finally, if you visit Sapa, you should not miss to enjoy mountainous specialties such as: white and green cauliflower, red beetroot and chayote, squash… Besides, you should also buy some brocatelle souvenirs, colorful clothes made by ethnic minority girls’ skillful hands.

Essentials for Fansipan Climbing

Below is a suggested list of essentials for your climbing package holidays to Vietnam

If this is the first time that you have ever decided to go backpacking and open up yourself to experiences, you should spend some minutes on this writing.

What to bring with you depends on the length of your journey, the number of participants and the organization of the journey. If you book with a local travel agent, they are supposed to prepare everything for you and they will assign a porter to carry the luggage for you

If you hire a tour guide, you will have to prepare more. In case you decide to handle everything yourself, you should make choice between bringing as many as possible and bringing just important items for your convenience.

Essentials for Fansipan Climbing

Essentials for Fansipan Climbing

 

  • Essential items

 

  • Climbing shoes: waterproof, rubber sole shoes with high friction is recommended
  • Raincoat: you should buy waterproof raincoat. Brands such as Northface, Eastpak,Columbia are worth your consideration. You should bring waterproof rain pants as well.
  • Backpack: waterproof backpack is ideal for your journey. The size of it depends on the number of items that you intend to put into it.
  • First aid kit: you should buy one of small size. First aid items include:
  • Fever medicines
  • Diarrhea medicines
  • Insect repellents
  • Urgoes
  • Bandages
  • Medical scissors
  • Medical scotch tape
  • Sterile gauzes
  • Elastic bands

Remember to put all these items in a plastic bag and keep them off water

  • A torch: waterproof and small one is recommended. A bigger one will make your backpack bulkier. Backup batteries are also necessary
  • Multifunction knife: a penkinfe or  a set of multifuntion tools are important for climbing and camping at night
  • Clothes: it is cold in Fansipan so you should bring a coat, especially a waterproof and breathable one. Below are some suggestions based on the number of days you plan to spend in climbing
  • 2 days: a jacket, a turtlenect sweater, 2 trousers, 2 bras and 2 underwears
  • 3-4 days: a jacket, a turtlenect sweaters, 3 trousers, 3 bras and 3 underwears

Girls can decide to bring more bras and underwears.

Besides, a beanie and a pair of gloves are needed if you travel in coldest months.

If you plan to conquer Fansipan moutain by yourself, you are advised to use GPS and a map.

  1. 2. Camping gears:

You don’t have to prepare camping gears if you book with a local travel agent. Otherwise, you are supposed to prepare or hire the followings

  • a tent: there are many tents of different sizes. When buying, you take these things into account:
  • It should be a waterproof tent
  • It should have vents so that fresh air can flow through your tent
  • Easy to assemble
  • The floor of it should be waterproof too
  • An air mattress: it is an indispensable part of a journey.  You should choose an insulated, waterproof one. It will enable to have a good sleep and prevent you from backache. A perfect air mattress should be a light, thin and well-insulated one.
  • A sleeping bag: sleeping bags are diverse and specially designed for different weather conditions with temperature ranging from 20 degree celcius to minus 20 degree celcius. You should make sure about the kind of sleeping bag that you want to buy. For Fansipan climbing, a sleeping bag from 10 degree celcius to minus 5 degree celcius would be great.
  • Cooking tools: Local people will show you the way and they also show you how to cook their. If you want to try new experiences, you may cook yourself. Then you have to prepare pots, frying pans, bowls, plates, chopsticks…..
  • Then you can get 3 rocks to make a cooking stove and pick some woods then burn them to get fire. You should prepare some fuel and gasoline as well. Alternatively, you can buy a gas camping cooker.
  • Foods: foods and drinks will be provided by travel agent. They usually offer noodles with eggs for breakfast and roasted pork, fried spring roll, fried chips

If you don’t like, you can bring foods with you or prepare them yourself. It is wiser to bring canned food products. Fresh foods should be cooked the first day otherwise they will go off

 

  • Other necessary items

 

  • Hiking sticks: they will allow you to move faster
  • Gaiters: they will prevent raindrops and dewdrops from getting in your shoes.  They also keep you from being bitten by snakes
  • Gloves: apart from keeping your hand warm, some types of gloves help you to cling to tree branches more easily
  • Dry bags: they can be used to store your camera, mobile phone or personal documents.
  • Cameras: you should put your camera together with a moisute proof bag
  • Mobile phones: it is very important in the event of emergency.

Besides the above mentioned items, you may need a binocular, functional foods, a radio, a water purifier, a shovel, sun cream…

One thing that I should note here is that when you conquer Fansipan moutain, you are bound to come across with terrestrial leeches.

Source : http://www.gialinhtravel.com/typologies-packages/Vietnam-and-Cambodia-tours