Sa Pa, Vietnam: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Sa Pa, Vietnam? If you're planning to go to Sa Pa, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Sa Pa, Vietnam

Based on the climate and weather in Sa Pa, the best time to go is December. See below for details.

Important essentials for Sa Pa, Vietnam

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Sa Pa, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's important to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a great value.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Sa Pa, Vietnam

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Sa Pa.

If you are going to see the stunning Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you see Sa Pa Culture Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Sa Pa.

What to wear/what to pack for Sa Pa, Vietnam by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

If you are traveling to Sa Pa in January, you will notice that it is crisp. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

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February

February in Sa Pa is crisp. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain occasionally.

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March

If you vacation in Sa Pa during March, you will probably find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain occasionally.

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April

April in Sa Pa is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

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May

If you are traveling to Sa Pa in May, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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June

June in Sa Pa is a perfect temperature and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) to 70s F (mid 20s C).

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July

July is warm and very rainy. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

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August

If you vacation in Sa Pa during August, you are likely to notice that it is warm and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

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September

If you vacation in Sa Pa during September, you might find that it is warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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October

October is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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November

November in Sa Pa is relatively cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

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December

December in Sa Pa is cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain once in a while.

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