The former French hill station of Sapa sits high in the mountainous north west on the edge of the majestic Hoang Lien National Park. This is the territory of hill peoples, with ethnic minority groups creating a rich and colourful tapestry of cultures and traditions.
18km away from the town is the Topas Ecolodge, set on its own hilltop with a backdrop of lofty mountain peaks. Postcard perfect rice terraces within the property grounds are still cultivated by the Red Dao farmers whose villages lie close by. A heated saltwater infinity pool with panoramic mountain vistas adds to the allure of this bucket-list mountain retreat.
Hikes and mountain bike rides starting here take visitors deep into this remote region away from the tourist groups venturing out from Sapa itself. Explore routes on buffalo trails amongst picturesque rice terraces and visit local homes for an insight into the daily life and work of the minorities that have worked the land here for generations.
Further down the valley is Nam Cang, a small hidden village which is home to the unique Nam Cang Riverside Lodge. Run in partnership with a local family, it offers comfortable accommodation on the banks of a river complete with calm pools ideal for a cooling dip after a hike in the warmer months. Discover the crafts of local silversmiths and traditional paper making close by, or opt for trekking and biking tours for intrepid exploration further afield.