Should i really go to Sapa in January?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Aug 1, 2012 1:06 AM Last Post By: Otford1
Jul 31, 2012 5:54 AM
Should i really go to Sapa in January?Hey guys,
Ive been searching multiple threads regarding Sapa weather in January and i just can't decide if its worth going with the cold weather. I only have 5 weeks in SEA. Reading the different comments here and there on the internet about SAPA being too cold and not good visibilty or ''bring a coat, you will be fine'' makes me confused to my decision. I am backpacking and bringing a coat is not really an option for 3-4 days. I understand that the weather can vary like any where else in the world...Sapa looks really beautiful and i really want to go but if biking and doing other ''outdoor'' activities will be not so fun due to the weather i rather skip and come back some other time.
PS: I am also visiting Halong bay therefore i might just wait and see if the weather is ok then book a train ticket to Sapa.
Jul 31, 2012 7:27 AM
1You may also wish you had a coat in Halong Bay at that time of year, It was pretty chilly on the boat especially in the evening. I certainly was not up for swimming, better in the summer time. Sapa is chilly then be not too bad in the daytime you'll just need to put some layers on in the evening. If you have a light wieght waterproof and fleece and a few T shirts just wear them all at the same time that way you don't need to bring a coat only to use it for a few days.
Jul 31, 2012 7:49 AM
2Yes, i did read on the weather in Halong and was planning to bring my rain coat and add a couple of layer of shirts.
Now, im thinking of just renting kayaks for the day in Halong bay and forget the Junk tour since the weather is meh.
Jul 31, 2012 7:52 AM
Jul 31, 2012 7:54 AM
Jul 31, 2012 8:18 AM
5I think January is okay :D cold enough for romantic smooth, hehe, in summer, Sapa is filled with Vietnamese and really noisy busy noisy :D I was in Sapa in early Feb 2012, really nice and enjoyed the quiet foggy evenings. But don't too worried cause there are shiny mornings in January, I stayed there 3 days and got one beautiful morning.
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Jul 31, 2012 3:13 PM
Jul 31, 2012 3:24 PM
7But if you are unlucky, you can spend three days in Sa Pa and see absolutely nothing. The fog in Sa Pa makes the London fog look wimpy. And if it is really cold, you may want more than just a coat. 0 degrees, high humidity, and no central heating are not a lot of fun. After 2 winters, I couldn't wait to get out though, in all fairness, even in January there can be some good weather.
Jul 31, 2012 7:29 PM
8I tried to go several years ago in January but the roads were closed due to show. And it was COLD in Hanoi. Had to buy a coat. Would love to visit Sapa on my next trip...
Jul 31, 2012 8:55 PM
Aug 1, 2012 12:47 AM
Aug 1, 2012 1:06 AM
11A few years ago in early January we had 3 days walking around Sapa in T shirts. Night time was chilly though. 3 days later friends arrived and saw nothing for 2 days. We also swam and sat on the beach on Christmas Day in Ha Long. I think we may have been lucky.
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