Thailand has Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Vietnam has Crazy House!
The Crazy House, as it is called by locals and tourists alike, does actually have a real name – the Hang Nga Guesthouse. The entire building is like a piece of art to attract people back to nature and becoming more outlandish every year. We visited during our short stay in Đà Lạt and took us more than an hour to explore the whole building. This whole project is still in progress and aimed to be completely done by 2020.
Entrance fee: 50,000 VND (US$2)
Here’s 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss The Crazy House!
It has an inspiring story
The existence of the Crazy House exists purely through the undying faith and perseverance of Dang Viet Nga. An idealist with lofty ambitions overcomes overwhelming obstacles to make her dream a reality. Her neighbors tried stop her. The banks tried to stop her. Even the government tried to stop her, but she never gave up on her dream.
Even though it is theoretically a hotel, Hang Nga Guesthouse is today regarded as a “museum” of dream, childhood and abnormality. The Crazy House was not her ticket to fame and fortune but her ticket to headaches and heartburn, her passion, her contribution to the world, and her triumph.
Unique architectural designs
As art, as architecture, even as an attraction, the Crazy House is true only to the artistic spirit of Dang Viet Nga. The Crazy House is outrageously beautiful, hideously eccentric, and downright weird of tree-houses with uneven windows, tunnel-shaped stairways, etc.
It is the top 3 strangest hotels in the world
Not just an attraction itself, you can even stay in the bizarre guesthouse at night. Featuring ten nature-themed rooms, the hotel is “Gaudi meets Disneyland,” with more than a little of Dali thrown in. It is possible to stay at one of the unique rooms for less than US$50 per night.
Everywhere is an instagrammable spot!
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Great view of Đà Lạt City
Head to the roof of the house and get a panoramic view of the city!
Getting there to Đà Lạt
From Mũi Né, we took a bus using The Sinh Tourists to Đà Lạt, a city in the Highlands region of Vietnam. The journey took around 4-hours (99,000 VND/US$4) through twisting roads and cars overtaking us like in an action movie. On the bright side, the climate was cooler due to its location lying on the hills and surrounding Hồ Xuân Hương lake. Đà Lạt’s climate differs from the otherwise tropical climate of Vietnam — gaven the name of the “City of Eternal Spring”.
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