After spending a full day in Hanoi (read the story here), I was excited for the next part of our adventure in Vietnam.
The Boy and I woke up at the crack of dawn the following morning and were picked up at the hotel to start our long journey to the north. Five hours into the drive, we arrived at Sa Pa, or Sapa, which is located in the north-west of Vietnam. You can normally get yourself over here by getting a bus or an overnight train from Hanoi, but we had a cosy ride on a 8-seater mini van that was organised by our accommodation, Topas Ecolodge.
Topas Ecolodge is approximately 18km from Sa Pa – this took us around 45 minutes to drive. The journey from Sa Pa was nothing short of interesting. The drive was a tad bit bumpy due to the bad road conditions between Sa Pa and the lodge. But for the entire way, we were surrounded by amazing views, drove past several buffalos and hogs, and also saw some of the ethnic minority women from the area. Believe me when I tell you this, the 6AM wake-up call and the 6-hour long drive were totally worth it and immediately forgotten once you arrive at this place.
We couldn’t wait to spend the rest of the day relaxing, planning activities, settling into our new home for the next few days and completely switching off from our hectic lives at this beautiful and tranquil piece of gem.
Main building – Reception, restaurant, lobby and gift shop.
Mountains as far as the eyes can see!
On the way to our cottage.
Home for six days.
So in love with the cobblestone walls.
Insane views wherever I look.
Lunching by Sa Pa’s breathtaking rice fields.
A cup of iced Vietnamese coffee is always a good idea.
Gorgeous sunset from our balcony. Time for dinner. Night-night!
All my ♥,