Topas Ecolodge hiking and market visiting

Posted in 3 days


3 days 2 nights

From/to: Hanoi, by luxury limousine shuttle bus

Reference: NPM3
Activity: Hiking, Market visiting
Grade: Easy
Duration: 3 days and 2nights – it’s possible to extend with one or more nights.

The markets are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes of Vietnam. Minorities come down from
the mountains to sell their produce. Sometimes it is a long hike for the tribes to come to sell or exchange
their goods. Others may simply come in order to catch up on the latest news or gossips. With the various
tribes in their colorful traditional dress, the smell of exotic herbs and spices, abundant rice wine and food
stalls – you can be assured that market day in Vietnam is truly an unforgettable experience.
Your journey from Hanoi to Sapa is by the new Topas Mountain Express. The 10 seats limousine has
luxurious modern interior design with wood and leather, spacious and soft chairs, offers you a comfortable
journey for the 5-5:30 hours transfer.
You will stay the 2 nights at Topas Ecolodge, located deep in the Hoang Lien Mountains. The 25 bungalows
overlook the entire valley with magnificent views the ethnic minority villages, valleys covered by rice terraces
and towering mountains…


Day 1 (Friday): Take Topas Mountain Express via the mountain town of Sapa to Topas Ecolodge.
Day 2 (Saturday): Explore the remote area dominated by the Red Dao minority.
Day 3 (Sunday): Visit Bac Ha market. Transfer by Topas Mountain Express to Hanoi.


Day 1 (Friday): Comfortable drive via Sapa to Topas Ecolodge (-,-,-)
From 6:30 – 7:00 AM, you will commence from your hotel with Topas Mountain Express for a 5 hours transfer to the mountain town of Sapa. You then continue the ride to the remote hilltop located Topas Ecolodge. After checking in your bungalow, you will enjoy the beautiful and peaceful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys from your private balcony.

Day 2 (Saturday): Explore the most remote land of Sapa (B, L,-)
The Red Dao village of Nam Cang is 20km from Topas Ecolodge. At 8:45 AM, you have a drive to the village, enjoying the picturesque views of peaky mountains, endless rice terraces, waterfalls and Hill tribes’ villages on the way. Nam Cang village locates at the far end of the road. The Red Dao women wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups. Herbal bath, local medicine and embroidery are some of the things that the Red Dao are very skilled at. Accompanied by your guide, you will explore around the village and learn how the local villagers make writing paper, jewelry and embroidery. You then have your lunch at the Nam Cang Riverside Lodge, enjoying the peaceful life on the banks of river. In the afternoon you can choose to relax at lodge, make more visits to the village, take a swim in the river or join a trek to explore the beautiful surrounding nature. The 3 hour moderate trek starts with an ascent to a small Blue H’mong village, but from here it is mostly straight and downhill with a beautiful view to the high mountains, waterfalls and the deep valley.
In the mid afternoon you will have a transfer back to Topas Ecolodge/ Sapa town.

Day 3 (Sunday): Visit Bac Ha minority market. Take Topas Mountain Express to Hanoi (B, L,-)
At 6:30, you will commence the market tour from Topas Ecolodge by a transfer to Bac Ha, which is 70 kms Northeast of Lao Cai. Bac Ha is the largest market in the area, situated inside the small town of Bac Ha. On every Sunday mornings, it is literally a riot of color as many different ethnic groups such as the Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities gather to trade. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will have a transfer to a nearby minority village, where you will enjoy lunch in a
local house which is well prepared by your friendly hosts. After lunch, you drive downhill for about half an hour to visit Trung Do village. The beautiful village, located by the Chay river, is inhabited by Tay minortiy. Hereafter you will get on a motor-boat and have a cruise to Bao Nhai, experiencing the picturesque scenes on the river banks, if the Chay river’s water level is high enough, or continue to visit another of many interesting minority villages. Your vehicle then picks you up for
the journey to Lao Cai, where you continue the drive with Topas Mountain Express back to Hanoi.

Please note:
– Topas Mountain Express can only pick up and return passengers at hotels/ residence in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
and Tay Ho District.

PRICE in USD per person

Number of persons 1 2 4 6 8 Single Sup.
Price 449 349 336 333 320 +100

Child rate: US$ 200/child

Upgrade to Executive: + US$ 25/room/night

More lunch: + US$ 15/lunch/person

More dinner: + US$ 18/dinner/person

Add private hill top dinner (per person) – Min. 2 persons: + US$ 35/person


Please send the request to our sales

Brand: Sapa Travel

Person in charge: Mr. Long


– English speaking guide during shared excursions*
– 2 nights at Topas Ecolodge (twin shared Deluxe bungalow)
– Indicated meals (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)**
– Transfer by Topas Mountain Express Hanoi – Sapa – Topas Ecolodge – Sapa – Hanoi
– Mineral water and snack during excursions
– All entrance fees to the indicated places

* The excursions are based on sharing group of maximum 10 travelers
**Other meals at Topas Ecolodge are recommended to be booked in advance.
If you would like to stay in our Executive bungalows, please request this when booking.

Note for Children prices (4 – 11 years old)
The prices for children is base on extra bed
Meal prices at TEL for children below 4 years old are free of charge.
Meal prices at TEL for children from 4-11 (including) years old are half price of above prices.


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