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Famous for it’s breathtaking scenery and rich cultural diversity, Sapa is one of Vietnam’s best draws for tourism. However, your experience will be dependent on the time of the year you plan to visit.

The best time to visit Sapa is just before wintertime from June to October. The area is exceptionally picturesque during the rice harvest months of September and October. The hills are awash in greens and yellows and make for picture perfect postcards.

Local insight: Wake up early for stunning vistas of the terraced rice paddies of Sapa.

While it is the best time to visit Southern Vietnam, the months of November to February are wet and misty. It can also get very cold with temperatures generally hovering in the single digits. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing and some rooms will have electric blankets or space heaters to keep you warm at night.

Local insight: Remember that the air conditioner that kept you cool in the South can also keep you warm in the North

The rainy season starts in March and doesn’t really finish until May. Not only will you have to contend with rain but also with thick heavy fog. If you plan to visit during these months, be prepared for a muddy slogfest.

Local insight: Bring some sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty during this time of the year.

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