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My Visit to the Wonderful Sapa and Topas Ecolodge for the First Time

There are many things that can never be done in life. Therefore, whatever can be done, why not do it right now!? Honestly, I would like to travel to Sapa, particularly the Topas Ecolodge since its price was only VND 1,500,000 a night. However, I haven’t had a chance to do so until this time, when I took my very first step to visit Sapa.

Wandering Around Sapa City

It was my actual intention to do a real trip to Sapa. I preferred to relax at Topas Ecolodge more. However, it would be such a waste when coming to the land and not wandering around to know more about it. Hence, I had about a day and a night in Sapa City.

Places of Interest I Visited

Travel photography at O Quy Ho pass

O Quy Ho Pass

One of the four greatest passes in the North West mountain area of Vietnam. Yes, if you are a fan of travel photography, definitely O Quy Ho Pass is a destination that you must go to. Indeed, at the place, there are already spots that support you to take the most beautiful pics. Sounds interesting to you yet?

Sapa City

After returning from O Quy Ho, I rode a motorbike around to discover the city and headed to Nguyen Chi Thanh Street. There were beautiful and unique images of old houses, the moss, and the pine. It made me think of a similar place, Dalat City. Also, it was my first time seeing the real Ginko Biloba.

Stone Church of Sapa

One of the must-check-in places when going to Sapa, the Stone Church. Some people call it the ancient symbol of the whole city. Hence, you shouldn’t forget to come here and take some nice photos of the church.

I tried to wake up early at 5:30 a.m. to come and take pictures easily because it would be crowded. Nonetheless, the plan didn’t work. The pic was taken at 8 a.m.

Cherry Plum Garden

In Nov, Cherry Plum blossoms make so many beautiful scenes around the city. Definitely, they will be good places for you to keep up your travel photography in Sapa.

Sun Plaza Sapa

A Europe-similar building right in the center of the city. In fact, it’s a complex construction that includes a plaza, a hotel, a ticket booth, and evenly a train station. Yes, they sell the ticket for the train that takes you directly to the Fansipan cable car station. On the way, you can see the whole beautiful Muong Hoa Valley from above.

Sun Plaza looked cool, isn’t it? And the hotel rooms there are even fancier. However, how do you think if there is a so modern construction built right in the center of a mountain city? Sometimes, I think artificial stuff isn’t so good in the wrong place.

Cat Cat Village

This is one of the most popular tourist destinations when traveling to Sapa. Actually, Cat Cat is one of the three well-known villages in the area, alongside Ta Van and Ta Phin villages.

Nevertheless, similar to some places in Sapa, Cat Cat is boosted too much for tourism that it lost its nature and normal life of the ethnic minority there. People now are focusing on making money from tourists with services that even don’t come from the locals. Anyway, don’t skip this place, it still has good sights to visit and discover.

Where to Eat in Sapa

Sapa has so many greatest kinds of mountain cuisine that you can find. From the fish raised on the mountain’s lakes to the black pork that is taken care of by the ethnic minorities, they are all so delicious.

In fact, many vendors sell BBQ and grilled meats around the city you can easily figure out. They are served with the unique sour vegetable of the land, which will significantly boost the taste of the meat in your mouth. I had salmon salad and fried salmon rolls at O Quy Ho restaurant.

In addition, don’t forget to wander around and find the best cafes with amazing views. There are many of them in the city. Yes, enjoying both the good drink and the view of terrace fields is a kinda specialty of the land. Persimmon is good to try too so don’t miss it, particularly when you are already in its land.

Accommodation to Stay at Night

I stayed in the 1991Sapa hotel which is recommended by many friends. They have a warm and cozy restaurant for cold days. Especially, I was surprised by the real lilies they used in the room. It was because I mostly saw fake flowers in the hotel but real ones. The room is cute and large too.

If you want to stay right in the center of the city and enjoy all the latest services with convenience, Hotel de la Coupole – MGallery in Sun Plaza is the top choice. Indeed, Hotel de la Coupole has been honored as Asia’s Leading Design Hotel 2022 among the 7 best Vietnam hotels in Asia Travel Awards 2022. As described above, there is a mall, a ticket booth, a train station, and a hotel right in the same place. Furthermore, with its advantage of location, you can easily take a walk to wander around the city or go to restaurants, and coffee shops. In my opinion, doing a city tour by walking around is both relaxing and enjoyable.

It’s All About Topas Ecolodge Sapa from This Point

Honestly, I intended to take pictures of the lodge carefully so I could do a great review post. However, I was so enjoyed at the lodge that the relaxation and comfort washed my brain. I forgot to capture the room or its amenities. As a result, I will show you every piece of info I have on my hand about Topas Ecolodge Sapa in this part.

How I Went to Topas Ecolodge

It was my dirty shoes after I fell into the mud.

The lodge has transport to catch you from Sapa to the place. Nevertheless, I wanted to ride a motorbike myself so I could see the scenes on the way. Unfortunately, I fell down into the mud, making my favorite shoes extremely dirty.

Foods and Drinks at the Lodge

My dinner with 4 dishes.
My buffet for breakfast.

Of course, the lodge has to make sure you have enough food while staying. You will have different options for combos including an appetizer, a main dish, fruit, and water for each person. Because I went there with my friend, our dinner had Smoked Buffalo Meat Salad, Grilled Pork in Herbal with Rice, Spring Rolls, and Pineapple Rice. The breakfast will be a buffet with varied choices. Yes, any choices of food are all good, but it’s more in Western style.

Oh by the way, inside each room, it has a cute set of instant tea and coffee. You can take deep relaxation while enjoying a cup of your preferred drink and your favorite music.

Infinite Pool – The Best Part at Topas Ecolodge Sapa

Do you know, that Topas Ecolodge Sapa is on the list of Unique Lodges of the World by National Geography? In my opinion, the infinite pool made the biggest contribution to the lodge to be on that list. Ok, I’m just kidding.

But the pool is truly stunning. Have you ever swam in the cloud? Or did you go swimming and enjoy the landscape of terrace fields and the mountains at the same time? Yes, Topas Ecolodge can give you those amazing experiences. Honestly, I don’t want to describe too much here so you can be surprised by the extraordinary things the lodge can bring to you. Perhaps I will have the photos to say some, then leave the rest for you to explore and be amazed.

Breathtaking Landscape – Taking to Heaven

Ever imagine you live in a fog all day? Perhaps the lodge will make it true for you. Because of its location on a pretty high mountain, possibly you may face fog frequently. It actually makes a marvelous scene for the whole land, as you are living in the cloud. From any part of the lodge, you will find one of the most breathtaking landscapes you have ever seen.

Overall, I was so happy with my remarkable trip to Sapa and Topas Ecolodge. With the story and info I shared, I do believe that you will have a great trip to the land too. Enjoy traveling, and don’t forget to tell me how amazing your journey is!

Khai Le
An adventurer who loves to save and share his trip to the world.


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