For travelers arriving from Hanoi, Topas offers an early morning overland transfer from your location in the city directly to the lodge. Transportation is provided via a comfortable van with reclining seats, device chargers, and free Wi-fi, and the cost of the transfer is included in some packages. Those traveling from other destinations can link up with a complimentary lodge shuttle in Sa Pa town. The 45-minute shuttle runs from Sa Pa to the property twice per day, and back to town three times per day.
This remote property is spread across a mountain peak and is not handicap accessible. First aid kits are available on site, and the closest medical center is 45 minutes away in Sa Pa town. Guest accommodations are not equipped with televisions or Wi-fi; and while Wi-fi is available in the main building of the hotel, the connection can be spotty.
Unlike the country’s steamy tropical lowlands, the mountains of northern Vietnam experience four seasons. Summers here are mild, while the winters get cold enough to see snow. The highest amounts of rainfall occur between May and September, while the dry months run from October through April. Fog and clouds are common here, regardless of the season. The best seasons for trekking are spring and fall.
People primarily visit Sa Pa to trek, and guests who plan to get out on the trail should pack proper equipment, including comfortable hiking shoes, hat and sunscreen, a day pack, rain gear, and plenty of layers for ease in adjusting to the region’s changing weather conditions. Cool, and sometimes cold, nights make warm clothes an essential packing item throughout the year. Bring along a bathing suit so you can take advantage of the lodge’s incredible infinity pool.
With facilities designed especially for younger guests, Topas Ecolodge is a family-friendly lodge. The hilltop pool has a shallow section for kids, the property features a playground, and children’s bikes are available for families. Children under age four stay at Topas complimentary and accommodations can be outfitted with a children’s bed or baby cot upon request.
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