Sa Pa is a charming destination in Vietnam that can be reached via an eight-hour sleeper train ride from Hanoi. Known for its cool temperatures throughout the year, Sa Pa offers a refreshing escape, even during the “hottest” months of June to August. In addition to its climate, Sa Pa is known for its cultural villages, homestays, rice terraces, and waterfalls that can be explored through guided treks and motorbike tours.
One must-visit attraction in Sa Pa is the peak of Fansipan, Southeast Asia’s highest peak. Travelers can choose to hike to the top or take a funicular ride for panoramic views with minimal effort. Watching the sunrise from the Glass Bottom Bridge, located 2,200m above sea level, is also a memorable experience.
Ba Na Hills, located 35 kilometers from Da Nang’s city center, is another popular destination to escape the heat in Vietnam. Accessible by bus, private hire, or GrabCar, this resort area is famous for its Golden Hand Bridge, which has become a social media sensation since its launch in 2018.
The third destination on this list is Da Lat, often referred to as the “Paris of Vietnam”. Located in the Central Highlands region, Da Lat can be reached by an eight-hour bus ride or a domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Da Lat offers European charm with its picturesque railway stations, churches, and attractive accommodations. Adventure enthusiasts can also enjoy activities such as waterfall canyoning, high rope courses, and mountain bike trails.
The list of recommended destinations also includes nearby locations in Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan (China) where temperatures stay below 30 degrees Celsius even during the warmest months. These destinations include Cameron Highlands, Genting Highlands, and Kundasang town in Malaysia; Khao Kho, Khao Yai, and Chiang Rai in Thailand; and Alishan in Taiwan (China).