One of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Topas Ecolodge has been open since 2005, serving a clientele who want to experience a real taste of local Vietnamese life. To get there, guests must embark on a bumpy 45-minute bus journey from Sapa in North Vietnam, which sets the tone for the authentic experience that awaits.
Accommodation consists of 33 chalet-style stone bungalows constructed in local white granite, each with its own balcony overlooking lush mountains and rice terraces. There is no television or Wi-Fi in the rooms so guests are forced to unplug and reconnect with nature and themselves. The serenity continues at the idyllic infinity pool, which offers breathtaking panoramic views over the misty mountaintops. There is also a spa onsite, where guests can enjoy various treatments including the region’s traditional Red Dao herbal bath.
Sustainable principles are employed throughout to guarantee minimum impact on the surrounding environment. The hotel uses a wastewater facility to avoid pollution and stocks only local products and goods. Even the hiring process at Topas keeps the community in mind. They only employee people from the surrounding villages, mostly young adults who are still in the process of mastering English.
Guests are encouraged to take time to visit the nearby towns and take in the local culture, thus getting a taste of Vietnam that most tourists do not have a chance to experience. At Topas Ecolodge, education meets enjoyment. You will return home enlightened in every sense: physically, mentally and emotionally.