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OVERVIEW

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  • Very friendly hosts with good English
  • Lodge in nature
  • Breathtaking views
  • Affordable rooms
  • Delicious food & lot of choices

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SUMMARY

We higly recommend Sapa Eco Hugo for the awesome service given by the wonderful hosts. Vuong, 19 years old, and his family, are one of the best hosts we’ve had in Vietnam. 

The views from the lodge is breathtaking. Admiring the mountainous area with water buffaloes hanging in front of the terrace is something you won’t forget. 

Rooms are nice & cheap, starting at 13 $. Their only 3-bedroom chalet is very spacious and has the best view possible.

Sapa Eco Hugo is perfect if you want to be in nature and avoid the crowd of Sapa.

OUR FULL REVIEW

A Peaceful Pagoda in Nature:

Linh An Tu Pagoda is one of the most popular attraction of Da Lat. It’s located in the middle of the country side, just 30 Km from Da Lat city. It takes a bit less than 1 hour to get there if you decide to skip other attractions on the way. It is part of the half-day excursion “LINK”. I highly recommend to visit the other activities (Maybe not all, depending on your schedule and interests). Anyway the “Elephant Waterfall” is just 50 meters away, so why not visiting both? The ride to get there is very enjoyable, even for beginner riders. The roads are in good condition, there is no much traffic, and riding through the hills always give me a sensation of freedom. Linh An Pagoda is surrounded by small plantations, and you can feel the peacefulness of that worship place by the beautiful scenery, thousands of insects flying around, and small birds living there. Everybody is welcome to visit it, take pictures, even pray Buddha if you feel like it
Statues of Buddha at Linh An Pagoda
3 statues of Buddha praying in different postures in the middle of the main temple

Linh An is very special to me:

Ok so a bit of my personal story. When I was 30 years old, I’d had some troubles in my life, I was a bit lost, and I was looking for answers to some of my personal questions. At that time I was living in “Nha Trang”, and I wanted to stay in a peaceful place to take time to think about my life. I had visited Linh An Pagoda for the first a few months back, and I felt that it was the place I wished to stay. So I asked one of my best friends to translate the reasons why I wish to stay there, and also to write it down on paper, cause my writing is kind of ugly. It’s always better to ask a request with a beautiful writing right? Anyway, I drove my bike there, and when I arrived at the pagoda, I knew that Masters wear a different color dress, orange in Vietnam. I found the Master, I  salute him and I gave him my letter. He read it all, looked at me with a very friendly expression, and asked me some questions about my personal troubles. I thought it was my chance so I gave him my best Vietnamese! I was touched, and I will always be grateful to his answer: Master Bao told me that I was welcome here, and that I could stay as long as I wanted to. I was so happy to realize that my wish will come true and that I was so welcomed!

Big laughing buddha at Linh An, Da Lat
Big laughing Buddha,

Kindness and Generosity of People:

I could talk about my wonderful experience staying in that pagoda for hours. But I don’t want to bother you too much. So to make a long story short, I stayed there for 3 months. I woke up at 4 AM everyday (first time in my life I could wake up so early) The sound of the gong resonated in me, I wore the robe that Master Bao gave me, and headed to the main temple to pray and meditate with the Masters and all the monks. I’ve never experienced such generosity in my whole life, they fed me, gave me a roof, talked, smiled to me all the time, and never asked me anything in return. I felt that I ought to do something there, so I taught English to all the kids, take on a share on every activity, and attended the 3 daily prayers. Master Bao asked me only 1 thing during my stay there, to respect the five moral precepts in Buddhism, prohibiting: killing living things, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, lying, use of drugs or alcohol. I learned something there that I still use on my daily life: don’t kill or chase away a mosquito when it’s biting you. As I took the 5 moral precepts very seriously, and I wanted to show respect to those people who were so kind to me. When we were praying, mosquitoes will always come to bite us, especially at the 6 PM prayer. I knew that Buddhism respect every form of life, as it is part of the reincarnation. So I let the mosquito bit me while praying, and I learned that when you do so, the mosquito takes its fill of blood in one bite and doesn’t come back. As the opposite of trying to chase them away without killing them (which never works cause they always come back), and get bitten multiple times.

Here's one of the largest bell in Vietnam

I Stayed 3 months at Linh An Pagoda:

I could talk about my wonderful experience staying in that pagoda for hours. But I don’t want to bother you too much. So to make a long story short, I stayed there for 3 months. I woke up at 4 AM everyday (first time in my life I could wake up so early) The sound of the gong resonated in me, I wore the robe that Master Bao gave me, and headed to the main temple to pray and meditate with the Masters and all the monks. I’ve never experienced such generosity in my whole life, they fed me, gave me a roof, talked, smiled to me all the time, and never asked me anything in return. I felt that I ought to do something there, so I taught English to all the kids, take on a share on every activity, and attended the 3 daily prayers. Master Bao asked me only 1 thing during my stay there, to respect the five moral precepts in Buddhism, prohibiting: killing living things, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, lying, use of drugs or alcohol. I learned something there that I still use on my daily life: don’t kill or chase away a mosquito when it’s biting you. As I took the 5 moral precepts very seriously, and I wanted to show respect to those people who were so kind to me. When we were praying, mosquitoes will always come to bite us, especially at the 6 PM prayer. I knew that Buddhism respect every form of life, as it is part of the reincarnation. So I let the mosquito bit me while praying, and I learned that when you do so, the mosquito takes its fill of blood in one bite and doesn’t come back. As the opposite of trying to chase them away without killing them (which never works cause they always come back), and get bitten multiple times.

Burn 3 sticks of Incense:

I could talk about my wonderful experience staying in that pagoda for hours. But I don’t want to bother you too much. So to make a long story short, I stayed there for 3 months. I woke up at 4 AM everyday (first time in my life I could wake up so early) The sound of the gong resonated in me, I wore the robe that Master Bao gave me, and headed to the main temple to pray and meditate with the Masters and all the monks. I’ve never experienced such generosity in my whole life, they fed me, gave me a roof, talked, smiled to me all the time, and never asked me anything in return. I felt that I ought to do something there, so I taught English to all the kids, take on a share on every activity, and attended the 3 daily prayers. Master Bao asked me only 1 thing during my stay there, to respect the five moral precepts in Buddhism, prohibiting: killing living things, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, lying, use of drugs or alcohol. I learned something there that I still use on my daily life: don’t kill or chase away a mosquito when it’s biting you. As I took the 5 moral precepts very seriously, and I wanted to show respect to those people who were so kind to me. When we were praying, mosquitoes will always come to bite us, especially at the 6 PM prayer. I knew that Buddhism respect every form of life, as it is part of the reincarnation. So I let the mosquito bit me while praying, and I learned that when you do so, the mosquito takes its fill of blood in one bite and doesn’t come back. As the opposite of trying to chase them away without killing them (which never works cause they always come back), and get bitten multiple times.

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