Welcome to Topas Riverside Lodge

Located deep in the Sapa Valley in the heart of the mountains, Topas Riverside Lodge offers overnight stays in a traditional minority village. A beautiful river runs in front of the lodge which is set amidst verdant green forest. 

The lodge was built by its owners, a Red Dao minority family, and operates in partnership with Topas. Open since the end of 2013, the lodge’s appeal lies in its simplicity and remote location.

The area sees little in the way of tourism, enabling guests to have an authentic village experience.

Here, you can discover the real and remote Vietnam beyond the well-trodden tourist paths of Sapa and witness the friendliness and warm hospitality of the local minority people, who may even welcome you into their private homes. As you watch children splash in the river right next to your lodge, you will have a taste of life in the mountains as it has gone on for centuries.

Topas Riverside Lodge aims to provide a unique experience, welcoming guests in a lodge that is simple and remote yet entirely comfortable, with delicious local food and overwhelmingly friendly service. 

Read more about the location here.

Your hosts

The lodge is owned by one of the oldest Red Dao minority families of Nam Cang, with four generations of the family having lived in the village. Mr. Phu, a hardworking man with a warm smile, and his wife Mrs. Nhan head the family and they have four children – two sons and two daughters.

Before building the lodge, the family made a living mainly from agriculture and woodwork. Back in 2013, tourism was completely new to them. The couple are proud to warmly welcome guests from around the world, aiming to make them feel at home and help them gain an insight into local life.


Cross the picturesque river over a private bridge and you will enter the lodge’s  large shared living room. The lodge offers nine comfortable private twin/double rooms and two private family rooms, each with four beds.

Upstairs is a spacious veranda which looks out over the gentle flow of the river, perfect for relaxing after a long morning spent trekking. Simple but comfortable bathroom facilities include western style toilets and hot showers.

The lodge is located just outside the village, only separated from it by the river. Just a short walk brings you to the heart of the mountain village, where you can learn more about the fascinating ancient culture of the Red Dao minority people.

Package tours

Introduction to our packages, we have different sorts of packages from, day tours to combined stays at Topas Riverside lodge and Topas Ecolodge


As is traditional in Vietnam, meals at Topas Riverside Lodge are served family style around a large communal table. Guests share a feast of Vietnamese dishes cooked on a cast iron wood burning stove using fresh local ingredients. Though simple, the food is delicious as a delicate balance of flavours enhances produce picked and prepared freshly each day.  

The Area

Located deep in the Sapa Valley in the heart of the mountains, Topas Riverside Lodge offers overnight stays in a traditional minority village.

About the minorities

It all started around 1993 when Topas Travel from Denmark arranged tours to the area in corporation with a local Vietnamese family. Together we got the idea for Topas Ecolodge in 1999. After investigating the area and applying for permissions the building project was launched in June 2003. The main idea when we first started to consider building the lodge was to create a comfortable base near the minority villages. We wanted to offer a comfortable stay for our guests in a remote area, close to the local life. We felt that a full-service five star hotel would not be the right fit. So we built a simple base that would have the least amount of impact on the natural surroundings. When we first built here there was no electricity, no mobile reception and no internet. Much has happened since. Topas Ecolodge opened in April 2005