Snow covers a pagoda complex on Mount Fansipan in Sa Pa, where the Great Amitabha Buddha statue is situated, January 2021. Photo by Nguyen Khanh Thi
Vietnam’s northern highlands town Sa Pa ranked fifth in a list of 10 most ideal destinations in Asia to watch snow as voted by readers of Canadian magazine The Travel.
“It comes as a surprise to some that it snows in Vietnam, specifically in the town of Sa Pa. When searching photos online of this destination, it’s common to see mountains and valleys covered in greenery, hence the surprise of some that snow visits the area,” the magazine said.
During winter, the town is covered in white snow, attracting those who want a chill hike up Mount Fansipan or Ham Rong Mountain.
Located at an altitude of over 1,500 meters above sea level in Vietnam’s northwest mountains, Sa Pa enjoys a cool climate all year round.
The winter season in Sa Pa lasts from December to February, when temperatures can plunge below zero, the landscape takes on a completely different look and there is the chance of seeing snow and ice on mountain peaks.
Other best snowy destinations in Asia were Wadi Rum in Jordan, Papua in Indonesia, Almaty in Kazakhstan, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and Taichung in Taiwan.