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The Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam

This weird khách sạn in Vietnam offers crazy but artistic accommodation in Dalat. But, if you don’t want to lớn sleep here, you can still visit the Crazy House Dalat and have a look around.

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I had arrived into the Vietnamese đô thị of Dalat by bus just as the sun was setting. By the time I walked from the bus station to lớn the middle of the city, it was dark.

People were starting to fill out the streetside restaurants, young couples were walking around the lake, the headlights of the throngs of motorbikes on the streets looked lượt thích clusters of stars.

It was all quite a pretty sight – appropriate for this pleasant mountain retreat. The only problem was that I couldn’t enjoy it yet – I had nowhere khổng lồ stay.

As usual, I had made no reservations in advance. This hadn’t been a major problem for me so far (travelling in an off-peak time of year) but I hadn’t known that Dalat was hosting its annual flower festival this week & people were coming from across the region for it.

In the end, I found a guesthouse that was surprisingly comfortable và had built beds like capsules so, although you had to giới thiệu a room, you had privacy. All for just US$5 a night. (If you are interested – and I would recommend staying here – you can find out more here.)

But then I found the Crazy House and, boy, did I wish I had been able lớn stay here!

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Hang Nga Guesthouse, Dalat, Vietnam

The Crazy House, as it’s called by locals và tourists alike, does actually have a real name – the Hang Nga Guesthouse. It has rooms that people can sleep in but it’s also mở cửa during the day for visitors to wander through and explore (for an admission charge).

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It is the work of a Vietnamese architect called Dang Viet Nga, who is perhaps better described as an artist. The way she often works is to paint the shapes & designs she wants built in the house và then asks local craftsmen to lớn make them.

It explains why walking through the Crazy House feels like a being trapped in an artwork by Escher or Salvador Dali.

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It could be one of Antoni Gaudí’s churches or a Walt Disney castle. It could be a psychedelic trip or a colourful dream.

It’s a bit of everything – in the manner of construction và the mood it evokes. And that’s all part of the plan.

It’s part fairytale, part organic. There are very few right angles or horizontal lines.

I walk up one spiral staircase to find myself at a bridge. Crossing over, I’m in a large bright room. Through another small mix of stairs, I’m at a viewpoint that looks out over the đô thị of Dalat.

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The architect, Dang Viet Nga, describes the house in her own words like this:

“Since the kết thúc of the last century till now, nature và the environment have been too much destroyed; and human beings have taken the consequences of what they have done.”

“For this reason, as a Vietnamese architect, I would like to bring people back khổng lồ nature lớn be more friendly with it, lớn love it; not just khổng lồ make full use of it, then destroy it as people in many places of the world including Vietnam have been doing.”

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Construction started on the Crazy House in 1990 & it’s still not finished. Much lượt thích nature, it continues to evolve and change, grow và improve. The architect says she hopes khổng lồ have it completed by 2020. You vị notice as you wander through that some rooms look lượt thích they’re being renovated và extensions are still being constructed.

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If you’re brave enough, try lớn stay a night at the Hang Nga Guesthouse và see what it’s like at night when the tourists are gone, when you can feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland.

Otherwise it’s worth stopping in for half an hour to lớn see everything up close & get lost in the maze of pathways through the different levels & sections of the compound.