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Arriving at Topas Ecolodge, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

Arriving at Topas Ecolodge, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam
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Topas Ecolodge is situated 18 km outside Sapa town and the bus ride is approximately 45 min. We call it an “adventurous bus ride” mainly because the road conditions are not too good, but also because you’ll meet many of the ethnic minorities of this area and probably a few buffalos.

We call ourselves a ‘lodge’ because we are not an ordinary hotel. Our bungalows have no TV or other entertainment and we have no swimming pool or spa facilities. Our employees are young people from local minorities and not all are equally proficient in English. We often experience break down of the power supply and during the rice planting season we struggle with the lack of water. Sometimes the weather is clear and sometimes it’s cloudy – and it can be even muddy.

However, we have a very unusual location with a spectacular view and lots of unique trekking and mountain biking trails in our backyard. We invite people out here to experience Vietnam in a different way and to escape the busy city life for a true and quiet mountain getaway. www.topasecolodge.com
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Lào Cai is a province of the mountainous Northwest region of Vietnam bordering the province of Yunnan in China. The province covers an area of 6383.9 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 602,300 people.

Lào Cai and Sa Pa are two important cities within the province at the border with China; the former is well known as key trading post and the latter is hill station famous for tourism, in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Lào Cai is also the capital of Lào Cai Province and shares border with the city of Hekou, in the Yunnan province of Southwest China. This border town was closed after the 1979 war with China, since reopened in 1993, has become a major tourist centre between Hanoi, Sa Pa and Kunming (China). Sa Pa is notable as a hill resort and market centre for the local ethnic Hmong, including the Red, Black, Green and Flower Hmong.

As the province is mostly mountainous, it experiences a dry cold climate from October to March, while the tropical monsoon is rainy season which lasts from April to September. The annual average temperature is 23 °C . The temperature generally ranges between 18 °C and 28 °C in the mountainous region, with the lowland areas showing a temperature variation of between 20 °C and 22 °C. In Sa Pa town however, the temperature drops to less than 0 °C with snowing conditions. Fog and frost are a common phenomenon in the province. Source: en.wikipedia.org

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