Topas Ecolodge: About

Located in Sa Pa, Vietnam

There is a secluded pocket of northern Vietnam where rice paddies cascade down emerald hillsides, and rural villages weave a cultural mosaic that’s vibrant and timeless. Sa Pa can feel a world away from the Vietnam you imagined—and centuries removed from most places on Earth. It’s where you’ll find Topas Ecolodge, crowning a peak amid some of the region’s most remote hill tribe communities, its private guest bungalows swirling along a ridgeline with unparalleled mountain views. Wake each morning to the mist rising with the sun, and spend your days exploring the surrounding forests and ethnic villages. You’ll soon start to feel the pull of the hill tribes’ centuries-old lifestyle, native to these mountains and virtually untouched by the modern world.

Highlights

  • Trek through rice paddies and deep into the forests of Hoang Lien National Park to visit a Red Dao village—one of the more remote hill tribe communities in Sa Pa.
  • On a guided mountain bike ride, learn about the distinct languages, customs, and traditions of five ethnic minority groups that still live much as they have for centuries.
  • Ride the longest cable car in the world to the summit of Mount Fansipan—Indochina’s highest peak—and see all the way to China on a clear day.
  • Peruse the stalls of Bac Ha, Sa Pa’s largest Sunday market, then enjoy lunch in a village home.
  • Relax in the lodge’s heated hilltop infinity pool, and take in incredible 360-degree views of mountain peaks ringed with rice terraces.

Why We Love This Lodge

Topas Group, the lodge’s parent company, was a fixture in Vietnam even before the country completely opened its doors to foreign tourists in 1997—and long before Sa Pa became a popular trekking destination. In partnership with a local Vietnamese family, the Danish company began offering tours through the region in 1993; and as their connections in the valley expanded, so too did their vision for an experience that would immerse guests in hill tribe culture.

To that end, Topas Ecolodge opened in 2005 on a mountaintop far removed from the emerging tourist hub of Sa Pa town. The lodge vision has stood the test of time. Even with tourism outfits popping up across Sa Pa, Topas still offers one of the area’s most culturally enriching travel experiences. Here, visitors live among the hill tribe communities, rather than trekking through them for a day or two before returning to the city; and they leave with a deeper understanding of life in these rural villages.

Lodge Features

  • 33 mountaintop bungalows, each with a private patio overlooking the surrounding peaks and valleys
  • Heated saltwater infinity pool with dramatic mountain views and a dedicated bar
  • Restaurant that serves traditional Vietnamese food with a European twist
  • Bar and lounge supplied with books and games and heated by a stone fireplace
  • Terrace furnished with lounge chairs, dining accommodations, and a fire pit
  • Secluded outdoor pavilion, equipped with a barbecue and available for private parties
  • Fleet of bicycles available for guest use
  • Gift shop selling handicrafts made by artisans from local hill tribes
  • Playground
  • Free Wi-fi in the main building

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Topas Ecolodge, National Geographic guests enjoy a Vietnamese amuse bouche and a welcome cocktail made with the region's famed rice wine.

Awards and Recognitions

  • National Geographic Travel, 21 Places to Stay if You Care About the Planet, 2017

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