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Topas Eco Lodge - Sapa
Topas Eco Lodge - Sapa

Topas Eco Lodge - Sapa

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Deep in the spectacular Sapa valley sits Topas Eco-Lodge, a cluster of 25 individual bungalows perched atop a hill. The lodge offers sweeping views of cascading rice terraces and lush valleys of Sapa populated by Tay and Red Dzao ethnic minorities.

Topas operates in adherence with the tenets of responsible tourism. The bungalows are constructed from white granite sourced from a nearby quarry and roofs are thatched with palm branches. Solar panels tap the sun's rays to generate electricity and an on-site wastewater facility prevents pollution of the local environs. To channel maximum economic benefits back to the community, locals are employed and indigenous products and goods are used.

In this simple and quality lodge, guests can bask in the cool climate and unspoiled scenery of Northwestern Vietnam. For the adventurous, hiking, trekking and mountain biking opportunities start right at the doorstep of the Topas. A stay at this secluded lodge makes a wholesome antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Facilities:
Trekking guides and mountain bikes available
Daily transfer to and from Sapa town
Solar powered showers

Dining
The Restaurant- Local Vietnamese cuisine served as a set menu or buffet

Rooms
25 bungalows built from natural materials.  Each room features a private balcony and solar powered bathroom.


The Topas Eco Lodge Sapa is located on two hilltops in Vietnam’s rugged northwest.

It is a 45 minute drive from Sapa which can be reached by overnight train from Hanoi.

Who Should Go?
Topas is ideal for those wishing to experience the authentic hilltribe culture and natural beauty of the remote Sapa region without sacrificing comfort.  Its proximity to trekking trails and hilltribe villages make it possible for guests to take day hikes and excursions, returning to the Lodge for a shower, a nice meal and a clean comfortable room.  The Lodge’s environmental sustainability policy means that there is no air conditioning, however due to the cooler temperatures of the region this is rarely of concern. 

When to Go?
The weather is a big factor to take in to consideration when planning a visit to Sapa as most people go for the outdoor activities such as trekking.  The best time to visit is from September to November and March to May when the weather is dry and the evenings are cool.  The rainy season lasts from May to September and it is not recommended to go to Sapa during these months as the heavy downpours create landslides, flood trekking paths and oftentimes wash out bridges.  Although dry, December to February can be very cold with temperatures falling to freezing in the evenings but by midday the temperatures are usually mild.

What not to Miss?

Trekking through the hilltribe villages of Sapa.  Relaxing on the balcony soaking in the surrounding views. Light walks to local schools and Red Dao villages.  Pedalling downhill on Topas’s Mountain bikes. Climbing to Silverstone Viewpoint for rewarding views.

What’s Cooking?
The restaurant at Topas is situated in an old traditional Tay stilt house overlooking the Sapa countryside.  The building was moved piece by piece and painstakingly reconstructed, incorporating modern amenities while respecting the original, historical qualities.  This drive for authenticity carries over in to its menu where the restaurant features Vietnamese dishes cooked and served by the minority people of the surrounding villages.

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icon-quote-l  We returned home safely and,despite bad weather in Sapa,we enjoyed our trip the organization of which was perfect. Our travel has been a success and,should we have the opportunity,we will not hesitate to advise our friends to call for the services of Exotissimo for their travels in south east Asia.  icon-quote-r

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