Ultimate Sapa Retreat

3 days & 2 nights at Topas Ecolodge & Topas Riverside Lodge

Run away with us to the mountains and experience the best that northern Vietnam has to offer on this 3-day itinerary. Trek through the mountains, jungles, and ethnic minority tribes of remote Hoang Lien National Park outside of Sapa and enjoy two very different kinds of accommodations—the boutique homestay-inspired Topas Riverside Lodge and the acclaimed eco-luxury resort,  Topas Ecolodge

Join-in tour price: 374 USD per person

Trip Type: Culture | Activity Level: Easy | Service Level: Standard

Departs every day!

Product Code:  SNE3 


  • Trekking through terraced rice fields, mountains and jungles deep in northern Vietnam
  • Meeting ethnic minorities in remote villages rarely seen by tourists
  • Sampling traditional Vietnamese dishes during family-style dinners
  • Swimming in Topas Ecolodge’s two stunning mountain-view infinity pools  

This tour is perfect for

  • Enjoying the outdoors even when short on time
  • Experiencing Vietnamese hospitality through homestays
  • Cultural immersion and authentic encounters
  • Families with children of all ages, however, some activities listed are recommended for active children at least 9 years old. Please speak with your travel designer about potential modifications to this proposed itinerary

Itinerary at a glance 

Day 1: Hanoi – Nam Cang Village – Topas Riverside Lodge

Day 2: Topas Riverside Lodge – Topas Ecolodge

Day 3: Topas Ecolodge – Hanoi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Into the Wild | Hanoi – Nam Cang Village – Topas Riverside Lodge

After an early morning breakfast, sit back and relax aboard the Topas Mountain Express (TME), a plush minivan outfitted with snacks, water, and Wi-Fi that covers the 4.5-hour journey from Hanoi to Thanh Phu Bridge. Then, disembark from the TME and board a shuttle bus for the final 30-minute drive to Nam Cang Village. A short stroll through the quiet village ends in an adventurous crossing of a wooden suspension bridge to Topas Riverside Lodge, just in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the attached village of the Dzao, famous for their exquisite embroidery and botanical knowledge. Peer in on silver jewelers and families creating paper from rice for spiritual reasons and if you’re brave enough, jump into the refreshing waters of the river running next to Topas Riverside Lodge.

Dinner is served in the communal style associated with Vietnamese families, all at once and among friends on the open-air riverside patio. If you’re a bit sore from the activities of the day, sample a traditional herbal bath in the bath house, made by a local Dzao specialist, famous for its medicinal and therapeutic qualities.

Pick-up in Hanoi is available from hotels in the Old Quarter or Tayho from 6:45 – 7:15 or Noi Bai Domestic Terminal at 7:45 – 8:15 every day

 Included meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance and Activities: 5h drive – 3km village walk


Day 2: Up to the Mountains | Topas Riverside Lodge –  Topas Ecolodge

Make your way through the quiet streets of Nam Cang Village towards a dirt road framed by bamboo forests and views of the rice paddies in the valley below. Eventually you’ll reach a narrow paved road used by the locals to get around and make the gentle climb up and then down for around 1-hour through lush green jungles and glittering rice fields to our brand-new mountain hut for a sumptuous Sapa-inspired BBQ lunch.

Rest inside or take advantage of the stunning scenery to take photos while the BBQ is set up by a Red Dzao woman, resting your feet in the cool, rushing river, or crossing make-shift suspension bridges to explore further. Whatever the case, make sure to eat as much as you can of the wide array of freshly smoked trout, vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, and jungle herbs straight from the grill.

Once you’ve had enough to eat, make the return 1-hour walk back to  Topas Riverside Lodge before saying good-bye to the jungle and departing for the world-renowned Topas Ecolodge. 

Check-in to your bungalow with a warm cup of lemongrass and ginger tea, taking in the out-of-this-world views.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Distance and Activities: 8km jungle hike, 45′ transfer

Day 3: In the Clouds | Topas Ecolodge – Hanoi

The day is yours at leisure until a mid-afternoon departure for Hanoi via the TME. Sunbathe and splash in the two infinity pools, sample delicious cuisine at the restaurant, breathe in the fresh mountain air from your bungalow’s patio, or indulge in some locally-inspired treatments at the wonderful spa on site.

Depart the Ecolodge at 14:15,  refreshed and rejuvenated from your time spent in nature.

Drop-off in Hanoi is available to Noi Bai Domestic Airport at 19:00 – 19:30 or Hanoi hotels in Hoan Kiem/Tay Ho districts from 19:30 – 20:00.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Distance and Activities: 5h transfer

Tour Inclusions

  • Join-in Mountain Express Limousine between Hanoi, Topas Riverside Lodge, and Topas Ecolodge
  • Shuttle between Topas Riverside Lodge and Topas Ecolodge
  • 1 night at Topas Riverside Lodge in standard room
  • 1 night at Topas Ecolodge in premium executive bungalow
  • All meals as indicated in the program
  • All entrance tickets to local villages and Hoang Lien National Park
  • Free refillable water in vans and at resorts (Please check with your guide or driver)
  • 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities (except during transfers between Hanoi and Sapa)
  • Government Value Added Tax

Tour Exclusions

  • Drinks and alcohol
  • Upgrades to higher standard rooms or single supplements
  • Personal travel items
  • Additional tours not mentioned here, spa treatments, and herbal baths

Important Notes

  • Prices are based on a group of minimum 2 people; solo traveler supplement available for an additional 175 USD
  • Surcharge 50 USD/room/night for staying on holidays 10/4 & 1-3/5/22, 1 – 4/9, 23 – 25/12, 30 – 31/12 at Topas Ecolodge
  • Surcharge 25 USD/room/night for staying on holidays 10/4 & 1-3/5/22, 1 – 4/9, 23 – 25/12, 30 – 31/12 at Topas Riverside Lodge

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