Alice and her wonderland have nothing on this house! Against all rules and regulations in Vietnam, The Da Lat Crazy House is unlike any house you’ve ever visited. A mix of Alice in Wonderland and Dahli, the peculiar Da Lat Crazy House is part hotel, playground, imagination and beautifully bizarre. It’s easy to get lost in Da Lat Crazy House’s web of winding staircases, twisted towers, and artificial trees—not to mention how you forget entirely that you’re actually in Vietnam.
Da Lat Crazy House distorts the link between natural and man-made, making up a maze of giant concrete trees with footbridges curling through shaped branches, gigantic concrete toadstools, cord spider webs, giant rock giraffes, along with living flowers, flourishing vines, and a fishpond. Every theme represents uniqueness to different nationalities in the world. The Tiger is to describe the strength of Chinese; Ant for the hardworking of Vietnamese and Eagle room is for big and strong American. Vietnamese architect Hang Nga first began building her Crazy House as a personal art project, but its unique design has made it a tourist attraction since it opened in 1990.
You can explore the house or stay overnight in one of the individually designed guesthouse room. Each unevenly-shaped room is carefully decorated and named for its theme. In the kangaroo room, you’ll find yourself sleeping next to an oversized kangaroo statue with glowing red lights for eyes and a fireplace under its pouch. The pheasant room is a colorful pheasant sculpture with a twisted staircase to the upper level. Natural light shines in through a large spider web skylight in the ceiling, along with peculiarly shaped beds that are built exclusively to each room, and lamps made from hollow gourds.
In Vietnam, a country known for simple architecture, Madame Hang Nga’s architectural designs have been met with criticism, at times even being called anti-socialist by Vietnamese critics. But Hang Nga is no stranger to politics. The daughter of Vietnam’s second president, Truong Chinh, she earned her PhD in architecture in Russia and after designing projects for the state for years, decided to follow through with her dream of creating a villa inspired by nature. And within the walls of her concrete menagerie, there’s a good chance that you may come across the Da Lat Crazy House’s mastermind as she greets visitors at the reception desk.
Known as the “Valley of Love”, Da Lat is a town where hotel fronts are decorated with fake icicles to look like cartoon Swiss ski chalets with a theme park dedicated to romantic inanities like swan paddleboats in the tunnel of love and horse and buggy rides. For centuries, Da Lat has been a popular getaway from the heat of Ho Chi Minh City because of its alpine climate and scenic mountain views. It is also a sanctuary for artists; the “City of Flowers” is so full of dimly-lit French restaurants that at times it can feel more like a village in the Alps than a town in the highlands of Vietnam.
Hang Nga guesthouse
3 Huỳnh Thúc Kháng 4
Da Lat, Lam Dong province, Vietnam
+84 63 3822 070