Where Sapa Valley ends

Nam Cang minority village is nestled deep in the heart of the famous Hoang Lien mountain range in northern Vietnam, known for its vast stretches of beautiful rice paddies, colourful minority groups and Mount Fansipan, the ‘Roof of Indochina’, towering majestically over the surrounding valleys at 3,143m.

A remote paradise located deep within Hoang Lien National Park

Long the most popular destination for tourists in the northern mountainous area, Sapa town stands 1500m above sea level, offering a cool escape from the tropical lower reaches of the country. A traditional minority market and attractive French colonial church are two of the highlights of the town, which is thronged with visitors in the peak season. 

To escape the crowds and experience authentic rural life in the mountains in Nam Cang, continue down into Sapa Valley, pass by minority villages of Black H’mong, Tay and Xa Pho and finally arrive at our remote lodge in Nam Cang after 36km.

How to get here from Hanoi

We recommend all visitors book a return package tour from Hanoi as travelling privately can be difficult to organise and expensive.

Tours are available ranging from easy to challenging, to suit the requirements of individuals and groups. Options for reaching Topas Riverside Lodge include driving all the way, or driving part of the way and completing the journey with a gentle walk, challenging hike or by bicycle.

Example: Hanoi- Sapa -Nam Cang by trek option

  • Departure by soft sleeper night train from Hanoi (8pm arrival for a 9pm departure)
  • Arrive early in the morning at Lao Cai station, a border town with China.
  • Pick up from the train station for the 35km drive (1h) from Lao Cai to Sapa town
  • Breakfast in a local restaurant with the opportunity to take a shower
  • Guided tour down Sapa Valley, with visits to the different minority groups
  • After 36km, arrive at Nam Cang village, the end of the valley and your home for the night