Remote mountain getaway at Topas Riverside Lodge
- 2 days, 1 night
We offer a two day, one night tour to Topas Riverside Lodge, the highlight of which is a guided walk to a Red Dao minority village. Here, you will have the chance to learn about the local herbal medicine, see Red Dao traditional embroidery skills, try your hand at making writing paper from rice, and see how the silver jewellery of the Red Dao people is made by hand.
At the lodge, you can relax in a special herbal bath of herbs handpicked by your host in the nearby jungle and enjoy a dinner of local specialities served on the terrace overlooking the river.
The next day, take a guided walk along jungle paths which open up to afford spectacular views of the valley and forest-clad hills, visiting the house of a local Red Dao family along the way.
Add-on options include joining a local woman on a walk into the jungle to forage for your own mixture of herbs before spending the evening soaking in a special traditional bath based on your blend. Please note this must be pre-booked.
This tour includes return transport from Hanoi and all meals. It is possible to extend your stay at the lodge for extra nights.
Activity: Mountain Getaway
Duration: 2 days 1 night – it’s possible to extend with one or more nights.
Day 1: From Red River Delta to the remote Topas Riverside Lodge (-,L,D)
From 6:30 – 7:00 AM, the Topas Mountain Express will pick you up at your Hanoi hotel before departing for a nearly 5 hours transfer to Thanh Phu Bridge, followed by another short transfer to Nam Cang village. Well arrived you will walk through the village, cross a private bridge and check into your private room in the comfortable Topas Riverside Lodge. Your lunch is served at the lodge.
The afternoon is perfect for visiting the Red Dao minority village. Nam Cang locates in the most remote area of Sapa and the Red Dao women wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups. Herbal bath, plant medicine and embroidery are some of the things that the Red Dao are very skilled at. Accompanied by your guide, you will explore around the village and learn how the local villagers make writing paper from rice, silver jewelry or embroidery.
Back at the lodge you may want to try a special herbal bath. The herbal bath made from many different herbs collected by Red Dao lady in the jungle, located just behind the Lodge.
Your dinner is served at the Lodge with warmly atmosphere.
Approx: Grade: Easy/ 1,5 – 2 hours walking.
Add on: Join a local woman and pick your own mixture of herbs and spend the evening in a special traditional bath, based on your blend. The herbal bath and tour must be pre-booked and paid by your own.
Day 2: Back to the city life of Hanoi (B,L,-)
In the morning you take a walk up to the jungle to explore the beautiful surrounding nature. You will encounter with the locals walking with their barefoot. The higher you go, the more you will be inspired by the origin of the nature. Along the trail you will meet many different kind of tree, bamboo, and herbs. The cardamom is planted in this area, it is a special spicy and bring the good income for village. Listen to the sound of nature and birds, you will soon meet a clear river running out from mountain. Here is a nice spot for you to stop for relax, enjoy the nature, deep your feet into the cool water. You will spend some more time to explore the surrounding forest before going back.
Leave the mountain, you will return to village on the same track by noon. Arrive back at Topas Riverside Lodge, you may want to take a swim in the river if the weather permits before enjoying your lunch.
At 14:15, you take the shuttle bus to Thanh Phu Bridge, where Topas Mountain Express departs at 15:00 and return you to your hotel in Hanoi.
Approx: Grade: Easy/ 2,5 – 3 hours walking.
– Most of our visitors regret not staying longer than one night due to the distance from Hanoi.
– Topas Mountain Express can only pick up and return passengers at hotels/ residence in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Tay Ho District.
– Transfer and excursions are based on share basis
This package includes:
- English speaking guide during excursions
- 1 night at Topas Riverside Lodge (twin shared room)
- 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- Transfer by Topas Mountain Express Hanoi – Thanh Phu Bridge – Hanoi
- Transfer by shuttle bus Thanh Phu Bridge – Nam Cang village – Thanh Phu Bridge
- Home-stay overnight fees
- Entrance fees and permits
If you would like to extend your stay at Topas Riverside Lodge or Topas Ecolodge, please request this when booking.
We have different kinds of packages that will take you to Topas Riverside Lodge. You can go hiking or biking or even combine your stay at Topas Riverside Lodge with a stay at Topas Ecolodge.