Sapa, The Far North, Vietnam
At a Glance
Panoramic views of the mountain scenery
An off the beaten track experience
Excellent trekking opportunities nearby
Away from the touristy town of Sapa
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Generally good weather throughout the year. The finest weather of the year extends from October to April with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C. December to February are the coldest months, with temperatures dropping as low as 10°C . The monsoon prevails from May till September with stronger breezes and higher humidity with limited rainfall. Temperatures are warmer during this time, varying between 25°C to 35°C. Most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible.
To start planning your vacation to Topas Ecolodge
Topas Ecolodge is a gem located in the mountains in the north of Vietnam about 45-minutes from Sapa. It has the most serene position located high up and offers panoramic views of the mountains. A few days spend here exploring and relaxing will be unique.
A stay at Topas Ecolodge isn't just a standard hotel stay, it's an experience. You are surrounded by the most amazing views of the mountains, the paddy fields and local villages; you do feel a bit like you're on top of the world! Two or three nights here would be the perfect amount of time to enjoy some of the activities the area has to offer and just to relax amongst these serene surroundings. It is certainly an escape from the nearby busy town of Sapa.
All the bungalows have slightly different aspects as they are all angled differently. However, the interiors are very similar, with a rustic but charming design which has both Vietnamese and Nordic influences. The bungalows have lovely balconies from which you can enjoy the views, mosquito net covered beds and spacious bathrooms. The design is very simple, in keeping with the eco ethos of the lodge, but very comfortable. Waking up to those mountain views in the morning is magical.
Activities in the area are mostly focused on trekking and visiting local villages to learn about culture and different ethnic tribes. Treks can vary from easy to challenging, or if you don't want to walk you can perhaps visit places by motorcycle or bicycle! Do be aware though of touts as they can sometimes be very pushy to get you to buy their products.
There is a restaurant at the lodge where you are most likely to dine as the restaurants of Sapa are quite a drive away. The food is very good and you tend to order earlier in the day so they know what you want in advance. Service is very good too, mostly local staff who were very eager and keen to be helpful which was a definite plus.
The property boasts a fabulous infinity pool, treating guests to one of the best panoramic views in Asia. The hotel uses an eco-friendly heating system to warm the pool water on cool days, and there is a poolside bar and sunloungers. For those seeking to unwind even further, there is a peaceful spa which offers locally inspired treatments.
There are 33 bungalows here in total, with each offering incredible views across the countryside. The design is rustic yet comfortable, and the rooms have all the modern amenities needed to ensure a comfortable stay, including air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities.
Children are welcome to stay here but there are no specific facilities available for them. Given the nature of the activities in the area, we wouldn't recommend for children under the age of 10 years.
There is one restaurant here that serves mostly Vietnamese food but there is the odd western dish available! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are served here. There is a cosy bar downstairs complete with an open fire for the colder nights or outside seating for the warmer evenings.
During your time here the activities will mostly revolve around exploring the amazing mountainous scenery and visiting the hill tribe village. Trekking is a really great way to get a sense of the area and isn't so busy. Treks can range from easy to difficult so there is something for everyone. Or you can go on a motorcycle, by 4x4 or perhaps by bicycle.
Clare Barratt (Staff)
Topas Ecolodge is an amazing place to stay in the area of Sapa. The views here are outstanding and you feel like you are experiencing the real beauty of the area rather than staying in the main town of Sapa which is overrun with tourist restaurants, traffic and building works. Bungalows are simple but perfect, service was very good for local standard, as was the food. I think two or three nights here would be idyllic - enough time to do a trek or two and to rest! It is definitely worth the longer transfer time to stay here rather than in the town itself.
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Hanoi, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau
from $2800 pp 10 nights
- The most remote areas are unsuitable May – September due to heavy rain. At other times of year, the weather in Sapa can be unpredictable and much cooler than the lower altitudes. You will need to pack waterproofs, sweatshirts, sensible boots, t-shirts and sun cream as the weather can change swiftly without warning.
- Sapa is the beautiful mountain town north of Hanoi, famous for its terraced rice paddy fields. Growing more and more popular each year, we recommend combining Sapa with the lesser known areas of Ninh Binh and Mai Chau for the best hiking trails and most authentic experience.
- Ninh Binh is a province west of Hanoi with dramatic limestone scenery, a great alternative to going to Halong Bay.
Location & directions
Sapa, The Far North, Vietnam
Topas Ecolodge is located in the mountains in the north of Hanoi about 45 minutes from the town of Sapa.
How to get there
An 8-hour train journey from Hanoi followed by a 1-hour 45-minute scenic road transfer.