Weather In Northern Vietnam

The weather in the Mountainous Far North areas including Sapa, Y Ty (Lao Cai) and Ha Giang, is divided into two main seasons: the dry season (from October to late March) and the wet season (from April to September).


Since early summer tends to be rainy and muddy while winter temperature can drop to the freezing mark (There had been snow in the last few years), the best times of the year to visit Sapa are in the spring and fall. During this period, daytime temperatures range between 15-28°C while night-time temperatures are from 10-18°C. If you travel in the winter months, it is advisable to bring some warmer clothing (good waterproof jacket, sweater and wool socks). The coldest temperature we have experienced has been 3°C. Also, during the winter months there are periods of light rain and heavy fog. This puts Sapa in the clouds and allows for some fantastic photo opportunities. If you are trekking to the remote villages, please note that the temperature in the village is always warmer than in Sapa, about 3 - 7 degrees different.


For Ha Giang, the dry season (between October and April) is the best time to visit, although December and January can get very cold.