Remote mountain getaway at Topas Riverside Lodge - 2 days, 1 night

Go beyond and visit the colorful minority groups of Sapa, on a cultural tour with guided village walks and overnight stay in a “hidden” minority village in the most remote part of Sapa Valley, close to the jungle and river.
Your 5 hour journey from Hanoi to Topas Riverside Lodge is by Topas Mountain Express, an 8 seats limousine with modern interior design, spacious and soft seats. Well arrived you soon note the big differences from the busy Hanoi to the beautiful countryside.

Itinerary

Reference: SNG2
Activity: Mountain Getaway
Grade: Easy
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 a 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, local 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 and embroidery.

Back at the lodge you may want to try a special herbal bath, made by handpicked herbs collected by your host in the jungle located just behind the house.
The dinner is served at the big wooden table or at the terrace overlooking the river.

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 tour must be pre-booked.

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. On the way back, you will visit one of the small houses of remote located Red Dao minorities, who are very poor and live just outside the forest. Now, the forest opens up to a great view into the valley, a big stream and several forests covered hilltops.
Arrive back at Topas Riverside Lodge, where you enjoy another lunch in the mountain.
At 14:50, you take the shuttle bus to Thanh Phu Bridge, where Topas Mountain Express departs at 15:30 and return you to your hotel in Hanoi.

Approx: Grade: Easy/ 2,5 -3 hours walking.

Please note:
– 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.

Price per person:

Solo: 359 USD
Fro 2 persons*: 251 USD

*Single supplement: 30 USD

Package tours

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.