Sapa is one of the top tourist destinations in Vietnam all year round. Travel to Sapa brings you different experience throughout the year. Let’s explore the beauty of Sapa during 4 seasons and find out the best time to visit Sapa.
The beauty of Sapa in 4 seasons
During springtime, rice is planted and the terraces are flooded with water, creating an illusion as the color of the sky is reflected in the valley like a mirror.
In the summer, rice grows and the terrace fields look lushly green while in the autumn, the grain matures and the valleys are dressed in golden color. In the winter, snow falls and covers the mountains in white.
Summer is traditionally the busiest season both for domestic and international tourists. Nature enthusiasts flock from Hanoi to trek around the steep paddy fields and explore the hill tribes.
Travel to Sapa in fall is less common, nevertheless, visitors are rewarded by the most spectacular vision as the green fields turn golden right before the rice is harvested.
When is the best time to visit Sapa?
This time of the year, between September and October, is known as the “golden season” and is actually the best time to travel to Sapa and the mountainous region in the Northwest, which includes Lao Cai province and Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai province.
Visitors can admire the magnificent terrace fields in yellow color, enjoy the fresh air and the cool temperatures of the autumn, and immerse themselves in the romantic atmosphere of the countryside.
It is also during this month when the local ethnic communities Thai and H’Mong celebrate the Lung Linh Sac Mau Tay Bac or the Northwest Sparkling Color festival in Mu Cang Chai, which includes many cultural activities such as art display, brocade and cloth making, folk music and dance performances, traditional sport competitions and culinary exhibitions.
How to travel to Sapa
To the surprise of many, the railway is the most popular mean of transportation between the capital and the northwestern provinces of Lao Cai and Yen Bai.
Tourist love to book train tickets from Hanoi to Sapa, Lao Cai, you can take the night trains SP1/SP2 and SP3/SP4 up to Lao Cai Railway Station. In addition to the standard service operated by Vietnam Railways, there are several private railway companies like Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Chapa Express, Victoria Express, Violette Train and Livitrans Express that manage luxury carriages designed to provide a comfortable experience on board with wooden compartments and cozy beds.
Online train booking is open from 60 – 90 days in advance until 2 days before departure. Once you submit your order and your booking is confirmed, we will send an e-ticket via email that you can use for check-in and collect your boarding pass in Hanoi Railway Station, 60 minutes before departure.
If you wish to travel from Hanoi to Yen Bai you can take the night express trains SP1/SP2 and SP3/SP4 or the day trains LC3/LC4 and YB1/YB2. Vietnam Railways offers 4 types of fares, depending on the service: Hard seat, Soft seat, Hard bed 6x for 1-6 passengers and Soft bed 4x for 1-4 passengers.
Online booking is open from 60 – 90 days in advance until few hours before departure. Once you submit your order and your booking is confirmed, we will send an e-ticket that can be used as a boarding pass to board the train in Hanoi Railway Station.
We hope that you travel to Lao Cai and Yen Bai during the golden season and enjoy the beauty and charm of the Northwest.
*This article was updated on September 14th, 2018.