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Mu Cang Chai Eco Lodge

Mu Cang Chai

Perched high in the rice paddies of Mu Cang Chai province lies the environmentally aware Mu Cang Chai Eco Lodge. Unwind in the stilted hillside lodges, which are modelled on traditional Hmong houses and consciously crafted to respect the surrounding countryside. What the Eco Lodge may lack in traditional creature comforts, it makes up for in immersive experience.

Farm workers and water buffalo dot the lush, green rice paddies, and morning mists give way to blue skies and panoramic views. There may not be many luxurious touches, but everything is clean and comfortable. The lodge restaurant is a welcoming, friendly and communal space to enjoy plenty of pho, made with fresh herbs and vegetables from the surrounding fields. 


Perfectly located in the Mu Cang Chai province, Sapa is easily accessible by car and the lodge is well-connected with the highways to the capital of Hanoi, roughly a 6- to 8-hour drive away. 

A little more detail

  • Stilted hillside lodges 

  • Guided village and rice field walks 

  • No-frills experience

  • Wild gardens

From a client…

It’s not often you find yourself so disconnected from the ‘real world’ - it would be silly not to take advantage!

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Exterior of Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge at night
Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge at night
View of Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Double bedroom at Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Double bedroom at Mu Cang Chai
Eco-friendly products at Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Eco-friendly products at Mu Cang Chai
Family room at Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Family room at Mu Cang Chai

Why we love it

Discover what to expect from staying at Mu Cang Chai Eco Lodge

Local perspective

While the Ecolodge may not be for everyone, if you’re adventurous enough to head out there you’ll be rewarded with time among the local Hmong people, days wandering through an untouched landscape, and stories to share with other like-minded adventurers. Visitors will gain unique insight into life in northern Vietnam.

Group of locals harvesting the fields in Mu Cang Chai

Unplug & unwind

There’s something special about reaching a place so remote that you feel cut off from the rest of the world. These days, you rarely get the opportunity to experience a place that’s separated from many of the modern comforts and technologies we’ve come to depend on. Mu Cang Chai presents this opportunity unequivocally, and we love that about it.

View across the valley in Mu Cang Chai

What can you do there?

Explore local villages by foot or bicycle and get to know the local communities. Trek through endless rice terraces taking in the jaw-dropping scenery. Spend your evening gathered around a table, eating pho and chatting with fellow travellers.

Rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai

Sustainability Focus

Sustainable tourism is at the heart of the Eco Lodge. The staff are mostly recruited from the area’s Hmong communities, providing a welcome injection of sustainable income to this rural region. Locally grown produce is used to create delicious meals that can be enjoyed after treks through the luscious green rice terraces. Everywhere you look you’ll notice the abundance of eco-friendly materials used in all aspects of the lodge.

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Price from: £2,390 US$2,790
Ideal length 11 days
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