SAPA, VIETNAM in December

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Located in the northwest of the country, SaPa - a moutainous district of Lao Cai Province, a land of miraculous scenery. In the early days of December, when the northeasterly winds blow through the highlands, tourists from all over the world gather here to complete  a beautiful winter. Is Sapa in December interesting?

SAPA, VIETNAM in December

What's The Weather Like In Sapa In December?

In SaPa, the winter usually starts in December, when the fog covers is also when the weather becomes very cold. The daily average temperature for Sapa in December is approximately 12 °C. Tourists to the area can expect rainfall with an average of 26mm precipitation during the month. During winter months, the weather is much milder than the rest of the year but it's the perfect time of year to go on outdoor pursuits such as trekking, ...

How much time should you spend in Sapa?

“How much time should you spend in Sapa?” – We’ve been asked this question by many foreign tourists.

While it’s true that the length of your trip depends on the mode of transport you’d like to take, most people agree that 3 days and 2 nights is perfect for a trip to Sapa.

Also, if you are considering other tours in Sapa, see the TOP 10 BEST SAPA TOURS IN DECEMBER 2019.

Notable activities in Sapa in December

SAPA, VIETNAM in December 1
Photo by Vietnam Typical Tours

#1 - Trekking in Sapa – one of the most exciting activities to experience

The mountainous picturesque town of Sapa is favored with lovely beauty and ideal conditions to grow a wide range of fauna and flora. So, It is one of the best places to experience trekking in Vietnam.

Sapa offers different trekking routes suitable for travelers of all skill levels. It is possible from easy routes like walking around the town center, paying a visit to one of these tribal villages to the more difficult ones like conquering to the top of Fansipan at the height of 3,143 meters above sea level. 

No matter how hard these routes are and how exhausted you will feel, the postcard created by great valleys, enormous   terraced rice fields and various fantastic attractions on the trekking routes deserve your effort.

Is December a suitable time to experience trekking in Sapa?

December marks the beginning of winter in Sapa, which lasts until February. During that time, the temperatures decrease with only few sunny days making it very cold. Especially when the night falls, sometimes even leading to snow. However, in spite of the rather cold weather, an amazing opportunity to see the spectacular sunrise over the valleys in the early morning makes it good time to visit this mountainous town.

What to expect when going Sapa trekking?

Magnificent panoramic scenery from the top of Fansipan

Fansipan is considered as the hardest trekking route in Sapa and the dream of many young Vietnamese. The top can challenge even experienced trekking lovers. After spending few days completing this hike, you will be awarded with magnificent panoramic view of Sapa from the top of the mountains.

Immerse yourself with Vietnam’s culture by staying at a local’s home

A chance to spend a night in a Vietnamese village community, to experience all the sights and sounds of a remote part of this country is the main reason why many trekkers go to Sapa. A homestay is the best way to mingle with the Northern Vietnamese culture. As you stay with the natives, try cooking Vietnamese dishes, have meals with them, sample their rice wine and simple but fresh Vietnamese food! Let’s enjoy unforgettable time with the sweetest hosts!

SAPA, VIETNAM in December 2
Photo by Vietnam Typical Tours

#2 - Enjoy local food

If you stay at hotels in town, delicious Pho for breakfast and to warm myself is the best. Whilst in their home, the family cooked traditional Vietnamese food for everyone. Everyone was sitting together; the food was amazing and the happy water? Will surely make you happy!

#3 - Sapa Winter Festival

The festival is held annually in Sapa, with an array of cultural and art activities and special performances featuring the cultural identity of ethnic groups. If you come to Sapa during this time, do not miss the opportunity to experience these exciting activities.


Ha Long Bay is another popular destination in the Northeast of Vietnam, here’s a guide if you’re craving for party while enjoying the beauty of it. Whilst an epic trip from Hanoi to Hoi An is also another great idea, here’s my guide!

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December is coming, why don’t you plan your trekking in Sapa in December right now? It is recommended to contact our to get everything ready for you before that. Vietnam Typical Tours is always ready to accompany you on every trip in Vietnam.

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