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Why is Sapa in December attractive to travelers in Vietnam tours from UK

Sapa is an attractive place for travelers to visit in every season of a year. Each season in Sapa has its own specialty, but the most exciting time to visit Sapa is December – the coldest time of this mountainous area, which is similar to the weather in UK at this time. Below are all aspects of Sapa in December to give you one of the best Vietnam tours from UK.

Cold weather

One of the most outstanding elements of Sapa in December is the weather. Sapa locates in a high area of Lao Cai – a Northwest province in Vietnam; which creates a cool weather during a whole year, and the climate in December is the coldest. Sapa is the favourite tourist attraction of Vietnamese and foreign travelers for its nature beauty and comfortable weather.

In Vietnam, people rarely see the snow; because it just appears in some Northwest provinces affected by the harsh weather of the cousin country – China which is contiguous with Northern Vietnam. Therefore, when trekking in Sapa in December, you can luckily have the chance to see the snow that covers peaks of high mountains, which all creates an extremely amazing landscape.

 

Wonderful picture of Sapa on a snow day

Wonderful picture of Sapa on a snow day

The weather in Sapa at this time has some similarities compared to England’s. Therefore, you will not be uncomfortable with this weather and totally enjoy it with beautiful mother nature around. The scene in Sapa at this time is extremely romantic; sometimes literally compared to this of fairy tales or Korean movies.

Landscape

Sapa is in Lao Cai – a mountainous province, which creates breathtaking landscapes of this town. Standing in the center, all you see around is mountains, which is the most outstanding view of this place. Conquering peaks of high mountains and seeing beautiful landscapes from the top are exciting experiences in this Vietnam trip from UK that travelers must try when in Sapa Vietnam tours.

Waterfalls and streams are also favorite places for travelers who enjoy discovering wild nature. Two famous waterfalls in Sapa are Love and Bac waterfall hiding behind the fog and looms between mountains when you observe in the distance.

 

Thac Bac seems to look like a picture painted by an artist

Thac Bac seems to look like a picture painted by an artist

What do you usually do when standing at the top of a mountain? One of the ideal activities is enjoying the sunset with the totally natural landscape around. The best place to observe this view is at the top of O Quy Ho – one of the longest and craggiest mountain pass in Northern Vietnam. From the top of this pass, you will feel so small compared to gigantic space of Northwestern forests.

 

O Quy Ho Pass - It is likely that you are lost in the prehistoric period from this view

O Quy Ho Pass – It is likely that you are lost in the prehistoric period from this view

December is also the time for plum flowers and peach blossoms revealing their beauty in the early season. These flower trees were planted hundreds of years ago, which gives them an antiquity appearance but still be gorgeous.

Without plants and flowers which are an important decoration, landscape in Sapa may not be so irresistible. Plants covered by snow have their own beauty, but original ones are supposed to be the winners. Flowers and leaves usually shed in winter, but there are some exceptions. Yellow flowers fields and green terraced fields are specific images of Sapa, usually appearing in almost every pictures and article about Sapa.

 

Beautiful nature in Sapa can give you the best memories about a Vietnam tour from UK

Beautiful nature in Sapa can give you the best memories about a Vietnam tour from UK

Beside wild nature, the landscape of houses is also a beautiful picture of the ordinary life of local people. When going across a village where native people live, you can see almost every houses have straw roofs and are constructed by soiled, creating an extremely traditional and local feeling for travelers.

Festivals

It will be such an unforgettable holiday when you join some festivals in Sapa with the ideal weather and magnificent landscapes as described. Among many festivals in Sapa, the love market is the one you should not miss. It is a traditional festival taken place once a week in every Saturday night; when the sun goes down behind the mountains and the whole town is covered by fog. This is not a common market like any ones you have already joined in Vietnam. It is a place where couples hang out, find their true loves and give their partners promises about the future.

There are many ways for local people to find their lovers in this market; but the most common ways are dancing, singing, playing musical instruments and giving presents. When joining love markets, travelers are usually excited because of these unique traditions that they can find nowhere besides Vietnam.

 

A corner of a love market

A corner of a love market

Although almost festivals in Sapa is not taken place in December, the cold weather with white snow is an ideal condition for the Winter Festival, which has been organized in late December. In this festival, there are many local activities you can join in such as folk games, traditional events of ethnic people, exhibitions, food fairs, etc. The most outstanding thing of this event is the artificial snow with the reindeer car model, which gives you a very real Christmas atmosphere right in a Vietnam trip from UK.

Places

Sapa is a famous tourist attraction, that is why there are many places for travelers to visit. The most common place is Fansipan – the peak of Indochina. Located in the middle of Hoang Lien Son mountain row, Fansipan is the highest mountains of Indochina peninsula with the height 3.143 metres.

 

Fansipan - the roof of Indochina

Fansipan – the roof of Indochina

Travelers who love enjoying risky usually reach the top of this mountain by trekking – a trending sport for wild conquerors. If you are not professional climbers and do not have much time for this trip, you can go to the peak of Fansipan by cable car. It just takes about 15 minutes instead of 2 to 3 days by walking and climbing.

There is another mountain that you just have to walk 3 km from Sapa to reach there. It is Ham Rong mountain, which can make you realize that you are lost in a fairy garden with full of flowers and plants when at the top to see all Sapa and some valleys in the distance.

 

A fully natural landscape at the top of Ham Rong mountain

A fully natural landscape at the top of Ham Rong mountain

Located in the middle of the town, the old stone church constructed by French in 1895 is a favorite place for travelers visiting Sapa because of its antiquity.

 

The most special architecture of French in Sapa

The most special architecture of French in Sapa

Tasting local dishes

When visiting Sapa at this time, you cannot ignore delicious food which is best tasted in the cold weather. There are some special dishes you must try; such as Dau Pau co cake, grilled pork, steam fish, thang co, etc. Moreover, do not forget to taste other grilled street foods including grilled eggs, corns, potatoes; and sit next to a warm charcoal stove in the cold weather in this mountain town. These dishes are probably not found in anywhere else besides Vietnam, which can give you the best Vietnam tour from UK when tasting.

 

Enjoying local foods should be definitely listed as must-try activities in Sapa

Enjoying local foods should be definitely listed as must-try activities in Sapa

Last but not least, no matter how many days you will have in Sapa, all of the above can make your Vietnam tours from UK be the worthless experience that you have ever had in Vietnam. In Sapa, there may be more interesting things for you to find out besides those mentioned; so let’s pack a bag and get away from it all to come to Sapa in this winter!

 

Yen Chi – Travel Lover