The beautiful Topas Ecolodge is located 18 km from Sapa, deep in the Hoang Lien Mountains. Our 33 bungalows overlook the picturesque valleys, home to Red Dao and Tay ethnic minority people. Enjoy the return Hanoi – Sapa ride with our luxurious Topas Mountain Express limousine; get on your high quality mountain bike and ride along winding mountain roads and experience the ethnic communities and their unique cultures, relax with breathtaking mountain views at the quiet lodge.
Day 1: Comfortable drive to Topas Ecolodge. Take a biking tour to neighboring villages
From 6:30 – 7:00 AM, you will commence from your Hanoi hotel with Topas Mountain Express for a 5 hours transfer to 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.
You will start the afternoon cycling trip by following the main road for three kilometres to Lech village of the Red Dao minority, enjoying the magnificent valley view on the way.
Here you will leave your bikes and take a short walk on dirt road to visit a traditional Red Dao family and experience the culture of the minority villagers who are living peacefully in the same way as their ancestors. Back at the parking place, you will take a further ride to the Moi village and learn how the women in their doorways are doing their embroidery, which the Red Dao people are very famous for. From the village, you head back to the Lodge.
In the evening you may want to book a traditional Red Dao herbal bath at the lodge’s newly opened spa.
Approx: Grade: easy/ 1.5 hours biking
Day 2: Biking to the Tay, Xa Pho and Red Dao villages in remote area of Sapa.
You will start from Topas Ecolodge by cycling on a quiet road for a while before taking a descent to Ban Ho village. At the bottom of the valley you will meet the Tay minority, the largest ethnic minority group living in Sapa, who are famous for their beautiful and traditional stilt houses. You will be warmly welcomed to visit their home, experience their daily life of farming and fishing in the river. Leaving Ban Ho village your ride becomes a bit more challenging with ascending parts on the winding road. At Thanh Phu village, also inhabited by Tay minority, your lunch is served at a nice local family where you enjoy the valley view while tasting the local foods.
In the afternoon, you will pass by My Son village of Xa Pho ethnic minority, who belongs to one of the smallest ethnic groups in Vietnam. You now continue the ride deeper into the mountain area to Nam Cang village, inhabited by Red Dao minority. Nam Cang village locates at the most remote area of Sapa. 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. If time permits, you can take a swim in the river next to Nam Cang Riverside Lodge, before meeting your vehicle for the journey back to Topas Ecolodge.
Approx: Grade: Moderate/ 5,5 hour biking
Day 3: Sapa town and Black H’mong minorities. Topas Mountain Express to Hanoi (B,-,-)
At 9:00, you will take a transfer by shuttle bus to Sapa town. You will now get on your bike and take a short tour around the old Hill Station town and its lake.
You will then take a descent into the Muong Hoa valley and its national park, observing the fantastic scenery of mountains and rice paddy fields along the way. You will get off the road and visit a Black H’mong village and explore the though mountain tribe, famous for their special skills in making agricultural tools, musical instruments, hemp production and indigo dying.
After a great ride you are now back at Topas Ecolodge where you have time for relaxing.
Topas Mountain Express departs from Sapa at 14:00; from Topas Ecolodge at 15:00 and returns you to your hotel in Hanoi.
Approx: Grade: Moderate/ 3 hours biking
– Topas Mountain Express can only pick up and return passengers at hotels/ residence in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Tay Ho District.
Price per person
|Solo (incl. single supplement)||From 2 persons(*)|
|741 USD||451 USD|
*The price might change due to the bungalow’s availability
* 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 upgrade to romantic package, please request this upon booking.