Sapa is a unique tourist destination and different from other destinations. If you have to determine when to go to Sapa Vietnam, it will be very difficult to come up with an accurate answer, because in Spring - Summer - Autumn – Winter, all four seasons, Sapa is beautiful and attractive to tourists.

When is the best time to go to Sapa Vietnam?

The time from April to the end of August every year is the time when Sapa is most crowded because, during this time, the climate in Sapa Lao Cai is very suitable for summer holidays of individuals, families or agencies. Besides, at this time, the students are vacationing. This also explains why Sapa welcomed many visitors at this time. Moreover, around this time, Sapa is filled with flowers and the green fields. It is easy to find that it is the season of Sapa tour.

Sapa tourism at the end of August and early September is the time when the rice fields in Sapa ripe and when the terraced fields become very beautiful. Many tourists prefer to go to Sapa during this time, because in this time, Sapa is wearing new clothes - yellow on the hills. But you should go in the middle or late September to October when many places have been harvested.

During the period from November to March every year, the weather becomes very cold, especially in the northeast at night. But in return, you will see the dawn in the early morning sunrise. Especially, in recent years, the snow often appears in Sapa. If you come here on this occasion you will surely witness the quite romantic scene. However, at this time, Sapa is very crowded with tourists. So if you do not like the noise and crowded atmosphere, when to visit Sapa Vietnam, you should not travel Sapa at this time.


Completely backpacking

Surely your vehicle is a motorbike. You go straight Hanoi - Yen Bai - Lao Cai - Sa Pa only, the highway is very easy to go, the distance is about 390 km. The road seemed like a multitude of colors.

Gently “backpacking”

Take the train or bus to Lao Cai station and from there, you rent a motorbike to Sa Pa. The road from Lao Cai Station to Sa Pa is only about 40 km, the winding road, the stream is also winding. Far away is the green mountain slope and terraced rice field layers.

The cost of renting a motorbike is about 100,000-200,000 VND/day depending on the type of car, so choose the car to save fuel for the slope. Alternatively, you can choose to take a bed-and-go bus from Hanoi to Sa Pa.

Actually, the car will stop at Lao Cai station for about 30 minutes to drop off Hanoi - Lao Cai and take passengers to Lao Cai - Sa Pa.

Traveling by train

The majority of visitors to Sa Pa choose a cruise ship for their trip because it is cheap - safe - convenient and time-saving. However, there is a downside that trains only take you to Lao Cai station, then you have to catch the car to go to Sa Pa.

Train ticket to Sa Pa (Hanoi - Lao Cai) has many types. An average of 130,000-600,000 VND for normal seats, while the tourist trains are more expensive, about 650,000-750,000 VND/way.

In addition, you can choose one of the Sapa cheap tours through a reliable travel agency and you have not to worry about the vehicle during the trip.

Baggage preparation


The weather of Sa Pa varies from day to day, so tourists need to prepare sufficient clothing suitable for the climate. You should bring clean, lightweight clothes.

Summer in Sa Pa is cool, so you can wear normal clothes but still need a coat. However, the winter is very cold, so you need warm clothes, gloves, towels, wool cap to free the cold high. Avoid carrying bulky, if you go for a long time can bring some laundry detergent to wash clothes (usually people only spends 2-3 days in Sa Pa).

Due to the specific terrain and typical tourist products of Sa Pa which is a walk to explore the beauty and scenery, visitors have to walk a lot. So to make your legs really comfortable, you should prepare a pair of shoes or sports shoes. You should not wear high heels (if you go to play in the center of Sa Pa, you can wear high heels).

Passport or ID card

Most of the hotels in Sapa require the guest to submit ID card for temporary registration (if you lost your ID, you can replace it with passport or driving license). In addition, many Sa Pa tourists have the need to rent a motorbike. So if you want to rent a motorbike, bring a driver's license to make sure the trip is really fun.

Some personal belongings

You should prepare some personal belongings for the trip such as glasses, masks, towels, gloves etc. These will help you to protect your eyes and health when passing a long way because there are lots of dirt on the road.

Besides, you also have to carry toothbrushes, towels, toothpaste because the hotel is available but the quality is not good. Please bring a camera if you like to save beautiful moments.


As the journey is mainly on foot and takes a lot of energy, you should prepare a little cake, milk, chocolate, and candy as you like. It will be very helpful for you on the way and especially, the candy can be used as gifts for ethnic children.

Tourist sites

Ham Rong (in the town center)

Thac Bac (about 12 km from town)

Cau May (about 17 km from the town)

Cat Cat village (2 km from town)

Ta Van village (8 km from town center)

Ta Phin (about 12 km from town center)

Ancient rock (about 10 km from the town center)

Fansipan - the roof of Indochina (about 9 km from town)

Bac Ha Market (about 70 km from Lao Cai)

Visiting China via Hekou border gate (in the center of Lao Cai city)

We hope that the above information will be helpful for your trip in Sapa. Have a nice trip!