Topas Riverside Lodge

Nam Cang | Other

A very remote, rural lodge situated by a rocky river deep in Hoang Lien mountain range, just over 22 miles from Sapa town. Owned and run by a Red H’mong couple, the lodge offers comfortable rooms, shared Western style loos, and direct access to Nam Cang village and its Red H’mong population.

The lodge is built mainly of wood, and the interiors reflect this, with polished wooden ceilings, walls, and often the floor too. Bedrooms are basic but attractive, with white bedlinen, wicker furniture, and pretty rattan lampshades. Bathrooms have stone floors, white tiles, and modern fixtures, all complemented by a view over the river.

Meals are traditional Vietnamese dishes cooked over an open fire by a talented local chef, and served at big wooden tables in the lodge’s dining room. A long open terrace overlooks the river, with comfortable conservatory-style furniture in which to sink back and absorb the deep tranquillity and river valley sounds.

There’s no pool - of course there’s no pool - but how about a swim in the river instead, weather and water level permitting? For entertainment, the village boasts two expert silversmiths who specialise in handcrafted jewellery, a bamboo papermaker, dozens of skilled weavers, embroiderers and seamstresses, and fishing lessons in the river. This region also offers fantastic trekking, and the Hoang Lien National Park protects hundreds of species including many indigenous birds and endangered amphibians.

We Say
A delightfully rural lodge, with unique access to Nam Cang villagers. A true off-the-beaten track experience.


Nam Cang Village, Sapa Valley

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  • Your Accommodation
    • 9 rooms
    • Basic room amenities
  • Eating & Drinking
    • Home-cooked food
    • Small but good selection of drinks
  • Leisure & Relaxation
    • Clean river
    • Minority ethnic village on the doorstep
    • Excellent for trekking
    • Hoang Lien National Park

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