Sapa, the famous rice terraces populated by many ethnic minorities. The ideal place for a trek of several days with overnight at homestay and visit the colorful markets! Many treasures could not remain hidden:… a little effort to think outside the big trap will be necessary, but there are still plenty of corners well preserved.
Three criteria must be taken into account in planning your visit to this region: the weather, the rice harvest cycle and market days. Visit an ethnic market is an amazing experience not to be missed, ideally plan the day of your arrival to Lao Cai.
To enjoy the best weathear conditions and best landscape , the best months are August, September or october. Yes, in detail, the information gathered from a black Hmong guide who was born and lives in Sapa
The dry season begins in March, April, May: the weather becomes very pleasant, good to hike and visit the ethnic minorities. It is also the season of flowers, but you will not see the famous landscape of verdant rice fields as it is when you plant rice.
In June, the landscape is very green, but it rains a lot and it really starts to get very hot (30 degrees!).
In July, it is also very hot and it’s still raining a lot, but the rains are strong and fast. The rest of the time, the sky is blue and sunny. You can try a trip to Sapa as long as you stand the heat.
In August, temperatures tend to be fresher rice fields are still green and there is less rain.
In September, the landscape begins to change while remaining magnificent rice paddies are tinted yellow and the crops begin. This is an ideal time to visit Sapa.
From November, it starts to be really less rice, the weather is nice but when it starts to rain, we already feel the cold of winter … And the winter, it freezes at night here!
Then, from December to February, it is winter, cold and covered everything worth avoiding.