Start the morning early with a 9am departure that takes you down the valley from Topas Riverside Lodge, passing through rice terraces and small villages with waterfalls and jungle visible in the distance. Your guide will be able to talk about the different crops other than rice that are farmed in the area and will be your window into the local cultures. Arrive at the Topas Riverside Lodge in time for a traditional lunch, then explore the village, peering in on rice paper making families, jewelry makers, and embroidery. You can also take a swim in the river before heading to Topas Ecolodge.