It is what it says on the can
Published/Last edited or updated: 24th December, 2020
Crazy House lives up to its name. It is crazy, as well as wacky, eccentric and weird. Enter through the gate and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Salvador Dali painting and Disney’s Haunted House with a dash of Hobbiton rolled into one.
The buildings, which you can freely explore, have melting walls, fluid organic lines, gnarled twisted forms. Pillars grow like tree roots and the cave-like stairs will have you scampering up and down lost endlessly like an Escher drawing.
Originally known as Hang Nga Villa, Crazy House was built between 1990 and 2010 and it now includes a guesthouse as surreal as you would imagine. Each room, not surprising, is unique and a stay here means you can explore after hours without any tourists. Room rates based on double occupancy range from 750,000 to 1,510,000 VND.
The designer, Mrs Dang Viet Nga, received a doctorate of architecture in Moscow before returning to Hanoi and eventually moving to Da Lat where she designed several buildings in the city. In an explanation posted near the entrance, for Crazy House she drew inspiration from nature and is driven by a desire to lead people to come back to nature, and she “wanted to break traditional practices by forming free volumes with free curves and structures.”
“Every person thirsts for Independence Liberty. I therefore give expression to such ideas.”
Address: 3 Huynh Thuc Khang St, P.4, Da Lat
T: (063) 3822 070;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º25'51.73" E, 11º56'4.87" N
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Admission: 40,000 VND; children 10-15 years old 20,000 VND
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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