Topas Ecolodge and Market Package

Topas Ecolodge and Market Package
Trip code: EMP2
Trip kind: Sharing
Duration: 2 days 3 nights
Days of operation: Everyday

Topas Ecolodge is located 18 km from Sapa, deep in the Hoang Lien Mountains. The 25 bungalows overlook the entire valley with the ethnic minority villages of Ban Ho and Thanh Phu, 400 altitude meters below you. This package has been carefully designed to give you the best opportunity to experience the highlights of northern Vietnam: the ethnic communities with their unique cultures, the deep valleys covered by terraced rice fields, the breathtaking mountains... and the peacefulness.

Short itinerary
Day 1: Night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai.
Day 2: Full day market visit. Overnight at Topas Ecolodge.
Day 3: Free day. Back to Lao Cai. Train to Hanoi.
Day 4: Tour ends in Hanoi.

Detailed itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai (-,-,-)

You will depart from Hanoi in the evening by night train to Lao Cai near the Chinese border.

Day 2: Full day visit to a Market - Topas Ecolodge (B,L,-)

You will arrival early in the morning in Lao Cai. Here you will meet your guide and driver and enjoy your breakfast at a local restaurant. You will visit one of the local markets, depending on the week day. There are the markets of Coc Ly (or Ban Cam on Tuesdays), Lung Khau Nhin (Thursdays), Can Cau (Saturdays) and Bac Ha (or Muong Khuong or Muong Hum on Sundays), all located in the surrounding mountainous area, 70 – 90 km from Lao Cai. All of the markets are colourful with many different hill tribes living around the market, gathers in a morning of the week. They come to the market not only for purchasing their local products, but also for their special social event.
In the mid afternoon you will be transferred to Topas Ecolodge. You check in to your bungalow and enjoy the view of the valley and dotted mountain surroundings.

Day 3: Topas Ecolodge - Sapa - Lao Cai (B,-,-)
You will start the day enjoying your breakfast. You can spend the day relaxing, joining an excursion or explore Sapa town by taking the free shuttle bus running scheduled throughout the day.
At 17h30, you will take the shuttle bus from Sapa to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.

Day 4: Arrival in Hanoi (-,-,-)
The train will back arrive in Hanoi early in the morning and your trip has ended.

Note: It is possible to change the market day to day 3 if there is no market on day 2. In that case you will take the Topas Ecolodge shuttle bus directly from Lao Cai Station to Topas Ecolodge, and have the whole day 2 relaxing at the lodge.

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* Single supplement: 55 US$/ bungalow
* Extra night extension: 115 US$ per twin deluxe bungalow.
* Prices valid within 3 months.

Trip price includes:
    English speaking guide during shared excursions.
    1 night in twin shared Deluxe bungalow at Topas Ecolodge
    All indicated meals (B as breakfast, L as lunch, D as dinner)
    Return soft sleeper in 4-berth cabin on the train Hanoi – Lao Cai - Hanoi
    All indicated transportation
    All entrance fees to the indicated places.

Trip price excludes:
    Pre and post trip accommodation
    Private expenses
    Drinks and Beverage
    All other services not mentioned as inclusive

    The excursions are based on sharing group of maximum 8 travelers
    Other meals in Topas Ecolodge are recommended to be booked in advance.
    Market day trip is run either on day 2 or day 3 based on opening days of the markets.