September around our lodges is a time for the harvest ending, clear sky and the pleasant Autumn climate.
This month we bring you a gallery of stunning harvest time images, plus news of our lodge updates and our charity work upgrading a school that was in dire need of repair.
Late August and September is the Golden Season around Sapa, when the rice is ripe and the harvest takes place.
Topas Vietnam recently sent donations to the Vaccine Fund of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Sapa town, with the aim of supporting local highlanders to have the opportunity to be vaccinated.
We have cooperated with the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Sapa town many times before, particularly on our various charitable projects, such as building schools and bridges.
We are proud to support the wider work of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Sapa.
Topas recently managed the construction of new buildings for the Nam Lang B School in the remote mountains not far from Topas Riverside Lodge. The new school has two class rooms, two teacher rooms, a kitchen, a new gate and a new courtyard with a pretty garden, swing, seesaw and simple exercise equipment. The village now has the standard of school that they had long wished for.
Topas Ecolodge is already proud to use organic produce from our own mini organic garden located in the resort grounds.
We have a grander vision however: to move toward being more self-sufficient in terms of fish and meat.
We are now constructing a pond which will be large enough to provide our restaurant with salmon and trout.
Guests will also be able to visit the pond, feed the fish, and even catch their own dinner in a net.
We will also be adding our own honey bees to produce our own honey. This is likely to have a very distinctive flavour given the wide variety of flowers we have within the grounds.