This month we welcomed friend of Topas, film maker and photographer, Valentin Orange, to Topas Riverside Lodge and Topas Ecolodge.
Valentin is champion of Vietnam Trail Marathon – a race we organise every year as part of Vietnam Trail Series. As an adventurer, he not only photographed the lodges, he also got remote and discovered the beauty of the nature surrounding them.
Here are some of our favourite photographs from his trip, focussing on Mrs Phu, who is part of the Topas Riverside Lodge team.
Mrs. Phu is a member of one of the biggest families in Nam Cang, the Red Dao ethnic village where our lodge is based. She is considered the heart of Topas Riverside Lodge, as her family are those Topas first partnered with to create it.
These beautiful pictures were taken on a wander to collect wild herbs and plants for the traditional Red Dao Bath back at Topas Riverside Lodge.
“Winds blow those trees,
Autumn is free.
Smoke of nostalgia,
Winter is here”
Missing the Northwest – Pham Ngoc San