Sa Pa is a year-round destination, situated at the base of the spectacular Hoang Lien Son range and just a 5 to 6 hours drive from Hanoi via highway. Sa Pa attracts numerous tourists not only for its breathtaking terraced fields during the ripe rice season but also for its many other stunning locations.
In the last days of December, when traveling along Highway 4C towards O Quy Ho Pass about 7 km from Sa Pa town, visitors will encounter an oolong tea farm. Among the green tea hills are thousands of cherry apricot trees blooming brilliantly in pink.
When the winter’s harshest winds start to blow in mid-December, the cherry and apricot branches will bloom at the same time. In the middle of the winter weather, the rows of trees burst into bloom, creating a fairy-tale-like scene. Cherry blossoms bloom right at the coldest time of winter, so the flower color is even brighter. The perfect weather combines sunshine, cool air, humidity, and wind speed to allow tourists to search for idyllic moments when the natural world and flowers blend together.
Like apricot blooms, cherry blossoms have five petals. The scenery changes as the blooms mature, going from a light pink-purple in the early stages of blossoming to a deeper shade in the later stages. When glimpsed from a distance, the tree will turn orange-yellow at the end of the season, resembling the color of the leaf-changing season.
Ideal timing for a trip to Sa Pa
Sa Pa is a good destination for throughout the entire year travel due to its cool environment. All you have to do is stay away from the rainy season, which runs from June through early August, as severe weather can result in landslides, floods, and flash floods.
Sa Pa spring is spectacular from February to May, when hundreds of blooms, including cherry, apricot, peach, plum, and others, blossom. Travelers visit Sa Pa in the summer, from June to August, to escape the heat and take in the verdant terraced fields.
Fall, which lasts from September to November, is characterized by progressively cooler temperatures, captivating Sa Pa’s brilliant yellow hue reminiscent of mature rice. The winter season lasts from December to February in the subsequent year.
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