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Trekking In Sapa During February, Vietnam

Trekking In Sapa During February

If you are in Northern Vietnam there is a high chance you will be going trekking in Sapa. It is an overnight journey from Hanoi, either by bus or by sleeper train. Once you get to Sapa one of the best things to do is go trekking, allowing you to explore the magnificent rice fields which line the hilly countryside make for the most picture-perfect opportunities. Though, the weather during February can be very different to the rest of Vietnam which is why you need to prepare yourself accordingly for trekking.

Sapa is on the main backpacking trail in Vietnam, making it a must not miss when planning your trip. No matter what time of the year you visit there will for sure be a large amount of tourists in the town, though some more prepared for the weather than others.

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The Weather In Sapa During February

Many people visit South East Asia during January and February, just like I did, and try and make the most out of their time by doing all these once in a life time activities. Having come from Laos where it was thirty degrees everyday, I had not seen one drop of rain in 2 months. I expected the whether in Vietnam to be similar. Well, it was similar, in the Southern Vietnam, but not in the North where Sapa is located. Actually it was closer to New Zealand in the wintertime dropping down to the negatives overnight and we were not prepared for this.

There was a constant fog over the town which never lifted and I swear I lost a couple shades of tan after not seeing the sun! Luckily, it did not rain during the day while we were there. Though, just like clockwork at about 6pm each night it would bucket down.

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What To Pack For Trekking In Sapa

If you are just visiting Vietnam you should have room in your bag for a few thicker pieces. This will allow you to keep warm, snug and most importantly dry. Try pack a rain jacket, beanie, at least two jumpers and some thick socks.

Alternatively, if you have been traveling other places in South East Asia previously, then it is unlikely you will have warm clothes. Seriously, I had more bikinis than long sleeve tops. The best option here is to layer up! Oh, and I also purchased an overpriced $5.00 beanie that I quickly threw out after returning to Hanoi. Though, having something to keep my head toasty was honestly a lifesaver.

You will need lots of warm clothes as if you are planning to sleep in a homestay as they do not have heaters. Often though, the host will light a fire at night which the whole family crowd around to keep warm. Don’t let this put you off doing a homestay experience. It is a really awesome way to get away from the general chaos of Vietnam and live basically for a couple of days.

Also, a must is a waterproof pair of shoes. If you book a trek with one of the local guides you will be going off the main road and into the fields. With a constant moisture in the air and rainy nights the consistency of the ground is beyond mud. We saw so many people freaking out having to walk along these crazy sludgy paths in their white Nike sneakers. Just bring appropriate shoes.

Alternatively, you can stick to the main road and still get to the village of Ta Van where the majority of the homestays are. There is a lot less mud on the road as all the dirt has been compacted. This means having waterproof shoes are less necessary. There are a few waterfalls on the way though, but if you have good balance you can just jump along some rocks and keep dry.

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What To Expect Trekking In Sapa During February

Trekking in Sapa during the month of February certainly is not what the pictures make it out to be like. Forget sun shiny days, lush green fields and beautiful views. I don’t mean to be a bummer, but there is more likely going to be fog, rain and mud. Though, as long as you dress appropriately and set your expectations accordingly you should have a good time.

Also, on the plus side, prices in Sapa during February are extremely cheap. From accommodation deals, to free food and cheap massages your money will go far in Sapa during your visit. Most restaurants will have free drinks or free meal signage outside their restaurant and you will see online prices plummet.

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About Ta Van

Ta Van is a village where the majority of homestays are located. It is 9km outside of Sapa town and if you do not want to trek in you can also catch a taxi there for $11.00 / 250,000 Dong. This might seem like quite a large amount, but the roads down to Ta Van are horrible. Expect constant potholes and puddles, it is a slow 9km journey. Honestly, it makes a nice change getting off the main backpacking trail in Vietnam.

There is also a $3.30 / 75,000 Dong entry fee to get into the Ta Van area. If you book a taxi off the side of the street they will stop at the booth so you pay the money. Though, if the taxi is booked through your homestay your host will likely tell the driver not to stop as the fee is included in the room price. Well, this is what our host family said anyway.

Alternatively, you can do the cheaper option and walk to Ta Van. We did this and it is easy enough to follow the roads as it is all sign posted. It also gave us the trekking in Sapa experience as there was no way we were going into the muddy paths. There are also some awesome animals to see along the way. We saw herds of goats, horses, many dogs, ducks and pigs, both alive and dead strapped to the back of someones motorbike. The water buffalo also liked to stalk us along the road when we were trekking in and out of Ta Van. If you are wanting to experience a guided trek from Sapa, but aren’t comfortable in doing it alone there are plenty of companies you can book through.

In Ta Van itself there is an abundance of homestays as well as eateries. Which is perfect in case you don’t want to do the homestay meal every night. One night we stopped in at Lucky Daisys Bamboo bar for a meal which. It had super awesome relaxing vibes and a massive fire place. The town itself was a lot more happening than up the street. In my personal opinion I would recommend you book a homestay in the actual town of Ta Van.

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Staying In Ta Van- The Homestay Experience

I stayed in a homestay slightly outside of Ta Van, though it only took about a 15 minute walk to be in the town. Unfortunately, I have looked online and it does not seem to be open anymore. Though, a lot of homestays are quite similar with facilities and what is included.

We paid $6.00 / 136,000 Dong each per night at our hometsay. This amount included breakfast each day and a basic private room, which had an amazing duvet cover! One of the nights we also decided to get the homestay dinner which was $3.30 / 75,000 Dong per person. These homestay dinners are always offered as an extra and I highly recommending doing at least one. It was the best tofu I have ever had in my life and I was able to question the chef on how it was done as she was sitting at the other side of the table.

We were the only people staying at our homestay during this time. Though, that makes sense because it was the low season. As previously mentioned the house was fairly basic, so if you cannot survive without heating and wifi this may not be for you. A fire was lit every night to crowd around inside the house. Though, because there is no insulation the warmth disappeared quickly. Our host family would always constantly be bringing us snacks and we even spent one night eating raw sugar cane which we heated up over the fire.




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Should I Travel To Sapa In February?

In all honesty I would not recommend trekking in Sapa during February. Alternatively, I would recommend you visit Mai Chau instead. You can still do all the amazing hiking and get those awesome rice terrace photos. Though, as it is not so north as Sapa so the weather is warmer, there is less rain and there are still plenty of trekking companies where you can have the homestay experience.


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35 Comments

  1. Bob November 10, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Hi. I was planning on visiting Sa Pa and Mai Chau from Hanoi on the day bus (no train as I don’t sleep on trains), departing Hanoi around Feb 25 or 26. You don’t recommend Sa Pa in Feb – were you there in early Feb? Was wondering how much better the weather is the end of Feb since it’s almost March? If it’s still cold and brown, then I prefer skipping it. If I then go to Mai Chau, any other good weather places with beauty and culture easy to get to from Mai Chau?

    • Tasha Amy November 12, 2018 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Hey Bob! To be more precise we were in Sapa from 23rd February until 28th February, so we were there in late Feb. Definitely check the latest weather reports before making a decision as you might happen to get lucky with the weather. Though, from the people I meet after visiting Sapa they recommend Mai Chau for that time of the year. Unfortunately I have not personally been to Mai Chau yet, though I will certainly be changing that on my next trip to Vietnam!

      • Bob November 18, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        Thanks Tasha! I’m looking into Mai Chau and Moc Chau.
        Happy Travels!
        Bob

  2. Sophie November 10, 2017 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Dreamy! The fog just makes it more atmospheric! X

  3. Emma @ theweekendabroad.com November 7, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Your trip looks incredible and I love the photos! I’ve never even heard of Sapa till your post.

  4. Kristin Eva Quinn November 7, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

    This looks amazing!! You are true adventurers. Definitely bucketlisting this experience, but will maybe aim for a warmer month 😉 still, it looks like an unforgettable trip

  5. Amy | Toothbrush Travels November 7, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Whilst the weather may not have been great it’s made for some gorgeous photos! Must have been weird for the temperatures to drop so low! Shuddering at the thought!

  6. Two Worlds Treasures Umiko Buh November 6, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Wow! I had no idea there’s a part of Vietnam where the temperature could drop to negative over the night.

  7. The Family Voyage November 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Wow, you guys are intrepid adventurers! I’m such a wimp about travel in bad weather 😛

  8. JIA November 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    it’s beautiful! So when would you recommend as the best season/months to head to Sapa?

  9. Julie Laundis November 6, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I am in love with the pictures you took in Sapa. How gorgeous! I have always wanted to go but now I’d like to eve more

  10. Christine November 6, 2017 at 6:20 am - Reply

    This looks incredible! Vietnam is beautiful and seems like an awesome place for trekking! I hope to trek in Sapa one day soon!

  11. Elizabeth Aldrich November 6, 2017 at 5:37 am - Reply

    WOW, this looks unreal! Beautiful photos. I’ve always wanted to go to Vietnam…definitely adding this trek to the top of my to do list.

  12. Zarina November 6, 2017 at 4:47 am - Reply

    Oh wow, these photos look so mystical! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Jacomijn Heupink November 6, 2017 at 4:26 am - Reply

    This is for years already on my bucket list!! I was in Hanoi and skipped this!! You always have something you regret…this is mine! Sorry for the weather but the area is beautiful none the less!!

  14. Sarah @ Endless Distances November 6, 2017 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Lovely photos even despite the rain! I love that misty quality 🙂 Looks like an amazing hike and I’ll have to try it out if I ever get to Vietnam 🙂

  15. Alice Cardillo November 6, 2017 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Oh wow so… no Sapa in February, noted! It really didn’t seem like the best weather to hike… But the homestay experience seems really nice, it’s something I’d enjoy doing I think 🙂

  16. Asdghik Melkonian November 5, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love this! Sapa is very high up my list and your photos make me want to go immediately! ?

  17. Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad November 5, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Fab tips!! I love your honesty, your photos look amazing despite the weather but we had the same experience in northern Vietnam (and then as soon as we hit Hue it was sun sun sun!). I’m desperate to return to Vietnam and Sapa is definitely #1 on my list, but we had similar weather in Halong Bay and I might have ended up disappointed with Sapa if it was the same!

  18. Piia Veikkolainen November 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Your photos are beautiful despite the foggy weather! The northern part of Vietnam truly is very different from the south especially weatherwise. I remember arriving in Hanoi from the south to find temperatures below 15C, it felt so freezing cold after sweating in the tropical heat for months. Unfortunately I did not have the time to go to Sapa but would love to experience it one day!

  19. Frances Fraser-Reid November 5, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    This is such a useful post! As someone who lives in the south of Vietnam I always have to remind people traveling that the north experience all four seasons (more so in some areas like Sapa than others). Now I can direct everyone asking me questions here! 🙂

  20. Esther Zaga November 5, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Looks like a great place to do some hiking! But definitely not on February!

  21. Eva Grosso November 5, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

    That fog is beautiful! I am obsessed with foggy places and misty landscapes, so I think I would totally accept the mud if I knew I would be in or such thick fog. These photos of the cows just appearing out of nowhere from the fog are amazing!!

  22. Chittra Kumar November 5, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    What would be the ideal time of the year to do this trek??

  23. Sarah November 5, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    This was super helpful! I’ve not yet been to Vietnam but I didn’t realize the weather was so dreary during February in the Sapa region. I had similar problems going from Thailand/Malaysia up to Hong Kong my last trip, not realizing it was so much cooler there! Still looks like a beautiful place through all the rain.

  24. Kate Korte November 5, 2017 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Great post! I might do this in June so it was pretty helpful, sounds like your homestay was awesome. Any sites you reccomend for finding places like this

  25. Kristine Li November 5, 2017 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Wow, what a foggy trip! It must have been quite a challenge doing it and also taking the photos. Everything just looked extra mysterious though ;D

  26. Steffi November 5, 2017 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Incredible photos and looks like an adventurous trip! Might stick to the beach until the weather clears up though! ha!

  27. Janelle Yeager November 5, 2017 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Wow! I’ve never thought about going to Vietnam, but these pictures made my jaw drop! I love atmospheric settings and the fog (and adorable animals) makes me want to go badly!! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Aarti Kamath November 5, 2017 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Great pictures…We have plans to go sometime around June. What do you think about June?

  29. Mireille Gitzinger November 4, 2017 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Good to know! But despite the fog, your pictures look really nice! You can guess how beautiful the country is. But ok, I will probably not go in February 🙂

  30. Kristen Tcherneshoff November 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Yup, looks cold! Did you guys have to hire a guide at all? Or it quite easy to explore the trails on your own?

  31. Angie November 4, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I love your photos of the animals, I didnt get to see them that time! 🙂

  32. Jen Horsfall November 4, 2017 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    We didn’t get to visit Sapa on our Vietnam trip, we’ll definitely have to go back, and for Ninh Binh too. Didn’t realise it was so cold!

  33. Adventuresfromwhereyouwanttobe November 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Awesome photos, you really captured the fog and weather. I know you said you wouldn’t recommend going in February, but would you go back there in the warmer months?

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