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Sapa weather in December: Climate & Things to Do

November 11, 2022 - 5673 views

Sapa is a marvelous place where tourists can visit at any time of the year. Each season during the year, Sapa has its own beauty. In the summertime, Sapa is a perfect escape from the heat of Hanoi. Winter comes, Sapa becomes a place like Europe. December is one of the best months to visit Sapa. Keep reading this article Sapa weather in December to see what Sapa has to offer to you.

Sapa weather in December

December is in the middle of the wintertime in Sapa, the weather is cooler and the temperature drops. The Sapa weather in December can become extremely cold, even leading to snow falling sometimes. This is also a fascinating feature that makes Sapa even more appealing to the visitor. All the town seems to be covered in ice, creating such a picturesque scene to contemplate. Sometimes in December, you can still enjoy occasional sunny days.

The average temperature is from 8oC to 10oC. At night, the temperature can drop below 0oC.

Rainfall: The amount of rain in December is normal with an average of 26mm. December is among the driest months in Sapa along with January.

Sunshine hours: You will see the sun occasionally during this month, it has 132 hours of sun.

Rainy Days: 7 days

Humidity: The average relative humidity is 81%

Sapa temperature in December

Pros: December is an off-peak season in Sapa, which gives you a chance to enjoy the peace in Sapa. Hotels and tourist attractions are not crowded, and you will be well-taken care of. Moreover, if you want to see and play with snow. Sapa is one of the very rare places in Vietnam which has snow in December. If you are there when it snows, it would be a magical sight to see the rolling hills and mountains covered in a blanket of fresh white snow.

Cons: Some tourists avoid traveling in December as they say it is very cold in Sapa this time. However, if you are lucky enough, you still can enjoy the sunshine in December while you are here.


Things to do in Sapa in December

Walking around the streets

Sapa is known as the town of fog in Vietnam, especially in December, when the scenery is poetic, the fog hangs around and covers every corner that brings to this town an ethereal mysterious landscape. Walking around the streets this time of the year, you may contemplate the breath-taking view of fog, mist, and snow; that you can’t find in any elsewhere in Vietnam. That kind of weather will make people come closers, no more distance, and no afraid to hold hands, hug others. If you have not been to Europe, Sapa gives you a chance to enjoy the cold like in the European countries. It will be even more fascinating when you stop somewhere on the street, sipping a cup of warm tea.


Trekking to visit ethnic minority villages

There are plenty of villages of minority groups in Sapa, where tourists are now welcomed to visit. Trekking to these villages is a way to explore the life of Sapa, witness the stunning beauty of terraced fields, learn about the life of ethnic people and their costumes. Moreover, trekking in December time, tourists can avoid the extreme heat in the summer, do not need to trek early in the morning or late afternoon. The interesting part of trekking to the remote area is to meet and talk to the children who are only 5-6 years old but have to walk along distance, carrying their younger siblings on the back and try to sell product to travelers. It is great if you can buy them something to help them get a meal.

Trekking to visit ethnic minority villages

Trekking to visit ethnic minority villages


Enjoying must-eat dishes in Sapa

Sapa is famous for a wide range of delicious and unique dishes such as grilled dishes and hot pot. It is an exciting and memorable experience to have these dishes in the cold winter in Sapa as they can warm you up, and the taste of barbecue, hot pot here is different and better than grilled dishes in other regions. Besides, Sapa has other local food why is worth trying like Thang Co (Thắng cố), Sapa Cap Nach pig (Thit heo cap nach Sapa), Pau Play Day cake, Salmon Sour Hotpot, Bamboo sticky rice (Cơm lam), Brook fish, Tao Meo wine…

Enjoying must-eat dishes in Sapa

Enjoying must-eat dishes in Sapa


Exploring The Majestic Fansipan Range

You may think that only in Western countries, there is snow, however, under the cold weather of December, some places in Sapa have ice and snow. Mount Fansipan is one of these places. Fansipan becomes attractive when it snows. Therefore, if you are adventurous, challenge yourself by climbing the mountains to explore the beauty of the highest peak in Vietnam. Alternatively, the cable car can bring you there.

Fansipan Peak

Fansipan Peak


Sapa Winter Festival

Sapa Winter Festival is often held in December and January to celebrate New Year and Chrismas. During the festival, there are many parade and performance activities introducing the beauty of the unique cultural costumes of ethnic groups combining lion dance, dragon dance. You will also have a chance to play games with snow, take many amazing pictures, and check in between the immense snow region on the snow discovery program.

Sapa Winter Festival

Sapa Winter Festival


Fire dance festival of the Red Dao ethnic people

The festival held at the end of the year and early spring is an extremely important festival of Red Dao people. At this festival, the Red Dao ethnic minority invites their families and friends to the ritual of the festival at the nave of the houses. The brilliant fire dance is held in the sideyard. The fire dance is only for men who are strong, skillful, and agile. Each person usually dances in about 3-4 minutes before coming back to hopscotch around the altar and be ordinary. The fire dance festival is not only a unique cultural activity but also a wild and mystery identity, which is needed to researched and conserved.

Fire dance festival of the Red Dao ethnic people

Fire dance festival of the Red Dao ethnic people


Tips for traveling Sapa in December

Sapa is not very crowded in December, however, everything is different if it snows. Many local people travel to Sapa to see the snowfall. The road can get stuck for a long distance, hotel rooms can be fully booked. You can not know when it snows. So booking a package tour early in advance is highly recommended to avoid hotel or transportation fully booked.

December can become very cold, which makes many people feel afraid of going out. The cold o cut flesh makes people feel frightened. However, Sapa is beautiful in cold, especially when it snows. Therefore, do not forget to bring warm clothes to Sapa this time.

What to pack?

Clothing: December comes, Sapa is very cold, especially in times of snow, the temperature can be down to minus C. You need to bring a lot of coats, mittens hands, socks, scarves, heating bags to keep the body warm. Do not forget to prepare more waterproof shoes so you can enjoy playing with the snow.

Cosmetics: Sapa in December can become very cold, and dry, so you should bring a tube of moisturizer, lipstick to protect your skin.

Medications: You should prepare more medicines for cough, cold, hot oil, high heat, ginger tea to ensure health in the cold weather.

Despite the cold weather, December remains one of the best months to visit Sapa. Visiting this town in December, during the Sapa winter festival, you can warm up your body by joining a lot of outdoor activities. Surely, traveling to Sapa in December will bring to visitors a wonderful & unique. Do not hesitate to plan your trip to Sapa.

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Jenny Tran

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