Hotels Near Hang Nga Crazy House, Da Lat

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Crazy House is an unusual name for a hotel that aims to lớn provide an exclusive experience of staying in quality rooms. But then again, lớn pay 1,25 million Vietnamese Dongs (45 Euros) for an accommodation that is subpar, one does need lớn be a little bit crazy. Especially in Dalat, Vietnam, where a standard double room can already be found for 10 times smaller amounts, paying the insanely overpriced Crazy House should be reserved for true masochists only.

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Also known as Hang Nga Guesthouse, this weird mansion is anything but a hotel. Gọi it a zoo, gọi it an amusement park, but Crazy House doesn’t follow basic principles of hospitality which are a must for anyone building a reputation on the khách sạn market.

Crazy House is the top attraction on the các mục of the most quirky things lớn vị in Dalat, Vietnam

The property is a bizarre example of architecture worth seeing. But besides the overnight khách sạn guests paying for a cave-lượt thích accommodation experience, outside visitors can also tour the Crazy House in the daytime. It’s one of the attractions on the menu of the most quirky things khổng lồ vì chưng in Dalat.

In the profit-driven chaos, khách sạn guests become a necessary obstacle, just episode actors in a tragedy disguised behind the word ‘hotel’. Even if you would Gọi it an amusement park, hotel guests would definitely not be the ones who are amused by busloads of tourists making noise & physically intruding inkhổng lồ rooms they rented.

If Crazy House would adhere to the rules of other mental institutions in this world, and that means limiting and regulating visit times for outsiders, maybe staying locked in a strange asylum of Hang Nga Guesthouse could even be an enjoyable experience.

Until then, the mad home of one of the most unusual Vietnamese architects will just stay an Instagram sensation, a short-living visual treat devoid of minimal standards for projects dealing with hospitality.

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Walking over the rooftops offers great views of Dalat on a sunny day. But chilly nights request even an outdoor fireplace

Where is the Crazy House Dalat?

Crazy House is located in Dalat, a mountain resort town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Written as Da Lat in Vietnamese (or even more correctly: Đà Lạt), it is the capital of Lam Dong province, sitting 1.500 meters above sầu sea cấp độ, on the Langbian Plateau.

Crazy House is not far from the town center, just 1,5 kilometers or a 20-minute walk away. It stands out among the French colonial villas scattered over this hill station in Southeastern Vietphái mạnh.

The French built the town at the beginning of the 20th century as a getaway from the tropical heat of the rest of the country. Dalat’s year-round mild weather, with an average temperature between 14 và 23 degrees Celsius, earned it the nickname ‘City of Eternal Spring’. Today, the freshness of Dalat, which has 425.000 citizens, attracts more than 1,5 million Vietnamese tourists looking for relief every year.

If one would want khổng lồ describe Dalat briefly, one would definitely have khổng lồ mention the products of the temperate weather: vegetables, wine, tea, coffee, and – flowers. Also known as the ‘City of Thousand Flowers’, Dalat is very popular aước ao honeymooners visiting the local Valley of Love.

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Locals are wearing winter clothes in the City of Eternal Spring, so I guess we respond to higher temperatures quite differently

Dalat in March brings a daily mean temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.

Still, despite its ‘eternal spring’ aura, at any sign of coldness, locals embrace their sensitivity by wearing ski jackets with fur, winter caps, and gloves.

Seeing me walking around in flip-flops, capri pants, & a sleeveless shirt made them laugh. They must have thought I was crazy.

Well, maybe I was just a perfect candidate for the most unconventional hotel in their town – the Crazy House.

Have sầu a quiông xã visit to Crazy House in this video:

Crazy House story

What is the Crazy House Dalat exactly? At first, it was just a personal project of the architect Dang Viet Nga who still lives at the premises.

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Constructing a house like a tree stump is a slap in the face of the French colonial architecture in Dalat

She was the daughter of the famous political leader Truong Chinh, the first secretary of the Communist Party & Vietnam’s president from 1981 till 1987. Educated at the University of Moscow, she continued the anti-colonial fight of her father through architecture. Dang Viet Nga opposed French-style buildings by creating her own revolution – the unusual shapes inspired by nature.

“I like Dalat! Its beautiful landscape, mild climate, the gentleness and good nature of inhabitants, và calmness of Dalat have influenced my decision khổng lồ stay here all my life”, said Crazy House architect who started working here in 1983, at the Building Design Institute.

“After designing several projects for the State, và also because of my own pleasure, the passion of architecture creation has pushed me to express my own dreams. In Hang Nga Villa, I wanted to lớn break traditional practices by forming free volumes with free curves and structures, not depending on classic principles in the arrangement of masses of straight lines & square plans as usual.”

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The inside maze of the Crazy House

The majority of this crazy-looking house was made between 1990 & 2010. But the architect never stopped improving and adding to lớn this continually growing beast of a building.

The true Crazy House Dalat history begins after Nga fell into lớn financial debt. Firstly, it was an expensive sầu project. Secondly, Dalat people were not really fighting khổng lồ engage her for other projects.

In order lớn protect her dream from falling apart, Dang Viet Nga had lớn think of diversifying her income sources. She opened the guesthouse for an overnight stay, as well as for daytime sightseeing. And that’s the start of the Crazy House story.

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Did anyone leave sầu the candle unattended last night?

The melting wonderland inspired by Gaudi

Dalat’s Crazy House owes its original name to Hang Nga, the goddess of the Moon from Vietnamese fairy tales. After she had stolen the pill of immortality from the heavens in order to prolong the life of her mortal human lover, she was banished to lớn the Moon. In another story, she gave sầu the giả pill of immortality to the tyrant king và killed hyên ổn.

Hang Nga Guesthouse didn’t kết thúc up having an immortal name, but Crazy House enshrined the fairytale universe that tries lớn leave a trace beyond the limits of our existence. Born in 1940, Dang Viet Nga still brings her quirky visions to lớn life, with no sign of slowing down.

Local authorities did not always have much understanding & trust for her offbeat working methods that were based on dreamy paintings instead of architectural plans. Engaging amateur local craftsmen in executing her non-standard structures always raised eyebrows.

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The architecture of Crazy House is based on an eclectic mix of styles born in the creative brain of Dang Viet Nga

The complex exterior of Nga’s work resembles a gigantic banyan tree with intertwined roots & branches, & a melting chất lượng invoking the paintings of Salvador Dali.

Daring exterior with staircase-bridges growing through the air lượt thích slyên ổn tree branches is definitely not a child’s safest playground. Pieces of structure fall apart now và then, so one should always invest full attention. If it’s an amusement park, it still doesn’t adhere to lớn the standards of Disneyland.

It almost seems as if the volcanic activity sculpted this surreal castle with a maze of tunnels, hallways & walkways overgrown in concrete jungle vines.

Crazy House architect sourced her inspiration in Dalat’s amazing nature, but also the work of Catalan modernist architect Antoni Gaudi. Just like his Casa Batlio, for instance, the structure of Crazy House has an organic unique, with irregular windows & a flowing sculptural appearance that avoids straight lines.

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The honeymoon suite attracts the bees, of course

Crazy House Dalat rooms

Hang Nga Villa is a house with different themed rooms. Unlike in a typical khách sạn, they are not distinguished by numbers, but by the name of a species they represent. They are also associated with a particular country, such as Vietnam, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, America, và China.

The Honey Moon Room encompasses territories and represents – love. Standing above sầu a depiction of a crocodile lair, with a beehive-styled bathroom, this separated lodge is a nest for those who were stung by love sầu arrows.

The other units also follow the crazy room design. Centered around the spider website garden sprinkled with human sculptures, oversized mushrooms, và live birds in cages, concrete tree houses resemble a zoo.

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Land Eagle Room is dedicated to lớn the United States of America

While sightseeing, one can take a peek inkhổng lồ the rooms promising an animal encounter: Termite Room, Kangaroo Room, Bear Room, Pheasant Room, Ant Room, Land Eagle Room, and Tiger Room. The fauna stars mostly come in a khung of a fireplace that gets lit at night.

Two rooms got their names after plants. Bamboo Room & Gourd Room both celebrate Vietnam’s heritage, especially Central Highlands.

In accordance with the “back lớn nature” concept, each room at the Crazy House hotel in Dalat comes with essential furniture only. You will not find a TV or AC here. Just a queen-size bed (or two), a small sitting area with a tea phối, and a private bathroom with mosaic décor.

The centerpiece of this fairytale universe, that even has dedicated spaces mimicking an aquarium or a heavenly garden, is an interpretation of a Rong House. The iconic protệp tin of the communal house of ethnic minorities in Central Highlands is a private trang chính of an architect herself. She paid tribute lớn the traditional tall house but presented it as if Hansel and Gretel could pop up any minute.

Checking into lớn the zoo

Even if their website states the possibility of early check-in (“subject khổng lồ room availability”), the reception staff was clearly not in the mood lớn consider it when I arrived at Crazy House before 2 pm.

“The room is not ready yet”, they claimed.

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Then I went exploring the property already filled with daytime visitors. After navigating the winding staircase, on the second floor of the second tree-house, I found the open door of the Kangaroo Room. My room! Keeping visitors outside by saloon doors, it was on display for their social truyền thông needs.

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Baby kangaroo knows it’s warm in the belly of the momma-fireplace

The room looked quite ready for checking in, but the hotel was obviously in a conflict of interest. I was paying the same price as a bus full of daytime tourists, but that was clearly not putting me in a privileged position.

At 1:55, I was still deterred from entering the room with an excuse that the room was not ready. After they asked three times for my booking confirmation (even if they’ve sầu already taken my suitcase on hold, as well as my passport), I was finally escorted khổng lồ the room.

Notoàn thân offered assistance with carrying my suitcase through narrow winding paths. The staff member leading the way in front of me would only occasionally stop to lớn check why it takes me so long khổng lồ navigate the steep stairs, but no help was provided.

In the room of 12 square meters, there was technically no room for the luggage anyway. Clearly, notoàn thân counted on guests staying longer than one night. It seemed they would be happy if you could come at nighttime & leave sầu by dawn. So that in the meantime, the hotel could continue functioning as a petrified museum, opening its rooms for viewing from 8:30 am till 7 pm.

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The “Do not disturb” sign at Crazy House is almost more essential than soap in the bathroom!

The useless ‘Do not disturb’

The room seemed to lớn be cozy, but soon I would learn it’s not a space for relaxing.

The staff thành viên explained that the water bottle is không tính tiền of charge, even if there was none provided. Coffee & tea were also complimentary, but how would I prepare them without water?

Very soon, I realized there was no ‘Do not disturb sign’ either. I asked for it, as I could already see it would be rather needed.

I quickly pulled the curtains lớn protect myself from the gazes of the tourists knocking at the window. The staircase winds around the room, so they take advantage of peeking inside & finger-poking. When they would get to the room door, they’d grab the handle and try to enter. Repeatedly. Tirelessly.

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Pulling the curtains on is an odd first thing to lớn vì when one checks into lớn a room at Hang Nga Guesthouse

Camera flashes made curtains blink as in some epilepsy-inducing stroboscope nightmare. Knocks và door handle twists attacked my ears. The room looked but certainly did not sound lượt thích a sanctuary.

A non-rectangular, oddly shaped bed mattress tried to lớn follow the unusual shape of the walls, which was rather interesting. Then again, it was strange khổng lồ see a misfitting rectangular blanket on such a bed. The concept teased, but the implementation failed.

The small bathroom had a shower and, thank God, frosted glass windows. The faucet in the sink was in a state of dilapidating. I could hear the water running in other rooms, but there was also the uproar of the street và honking buses waiting for the tourists.

Visitors continued producing noise và trying lớn enter the room. I had to go to lớn the reception twice to remind them I asked for a ‘Do not disturb’ sign.

Even when I finally got it, it didn’t work. If one is in a zoo, there is nothing more inviting than an animal room marked with ‘Do not disturb’.

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Sell, sell, sell! Even locals have smelled out an opportunity at Dalat’s most bizarre hotel

Hang Nga Guesthouse as a primitive forest

Crazy House architect Dang Viet Nga always described its yard as a “primitive forest”. Indeed, it was an inviting jungle space stimulating the misbehaving tourists as candies would vị with hyperactive sầu kids.

From the entrance of the khách sạn, where locals were selling trinkets khổng lồ the visitors, & tourist guides were competing for attention with megaphones, all was adapted to lớn making quiông chồng bucks.

Everything is allowed in an amusement park, so knocking at the room door never stopped. As a guest, one almost felt afraid to lớn exit the room. As soon as you opened the door, there was this mob trying to poke their head inside.

At one moment, I even played loud music on a máy tính xách tay, trying to lớn overpower the noise of the tourist herd. Pointless.

You can practically learn Russian just by listening to the comments of people attacking your private space (‘zakryto’ means ‘closed’, I figured out). Russian & Chinese were the most numerous visitors, at least in the pre-pandemic era, when I stayed at Hang Nga Guesthouse.

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Imagine this number of people crowding around your hotel room throughout the day!

I underst& financial debt could be frightening. And I get it that the architect allowed people to literally walk over the roof of the house she lives in. But how did the paying hotel guests become voluntary sponsors of the nightmare?

From 8:30 in the morning, when the property opens up for the daily visitors, until 7 in the evening when they should officially leave sầu, hotel guests experienced hyena-style laughter on their doorstep. Five staying guests were held prisoners by hundreds of passers-by.

At 7 pm, one could finally stop practicing meditation against inner voices instructing khổng lồ exit the room and throw everyone over the fence.

Breathe in and relax! But not for long! At 8 pm, lights in the yard are out. Why would overnight guests explore the property, right?

‘Good morning’ before roosters

There is nothing lớn vì chưng by night, so you just wait for the staff to come và light a fire in your kangaroo-fireplace. Of course, they come half an hour later than announced, but you have already learned you are not a priority here. I guess I was lucky as the employee told me that his colleague tried khổng lồ light a fire a day before with no success. Yay, I got my heating!

With no functional internet or TV, the room was just a cocoon wrapped in the darkness of the house you didn’t want khổng lồ leave. Those who left for a walk in town sometimes couldn’t get back easily during the night, as you can read in some online nhận xét. Overnight guests vị not deserve a 24-hour reception, it seems.

So what can you do? You just try to relax và fall asleep, thankful that the daytime nightmare is over.

At 6:46, two hours before the official tourist stampede, a noise woke me up. Some clinking sound rhythmically attacked my earlobes.

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My room with a view was a room with a sound. You have to love sầu khách sạn owners who provide hula hooping as a wake-up call!

I moved the curtains apart, và there I saw the famous architect starting her day before the tourists flocked in. Standing in a pink bathrobe and flower-patterned scarf on her head, the eccentric woman was spinning two tin hula hoops around her waist, producing a clattering noise. Well, good morning lớn you too, quirky lady!

Even the rooster’s cock-a-doodle-doo morning ritual happened later.

After 8 am, new hordes of tourists arrived. I heard a guide at my door explaining: “We have a special room for nước Australia, but unfortunately someone is staying there.”

That was quite precise. I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, indeed, that someone was me.

I skipped the breakfast (one had khổng lồ announce it a day before anyway), and proceeded to check out of the Crazy House.

Crazy House Dalat hotel Review – Conclusion

“The ayên ổn of Crazy House is to provide warmth & hospitality. (…) Take only happy memories of our khách sạn. Please make yourself at trang chủ. It is our alặng lớn make your stay comfortable.”

These words from the hotel directory were the greatest laugh. OK, maybe not the greachạy thử, as this also competes for the paradox throne: “Please do not make noise after 22:00 khổng lồ avoid disturbing other guests.”

The home page of an insane architecture successfully stimulates the explosion of energy, noise, and selfie-taking mania

Crazy House was an attractive sầu fairy place that children and adults behaving as children saw as an authentic interpretation of Alice’s Wonderlvà. The place of an insane architecture successfully stimulated the explosion of energy, noise, and selfie-taking mania.

Crazy House seemed to lớn be a well-chosen name, as it was not a normal hotel. The system consciously ignored the quite regular needs of guests lớn whom it would rent out the rooms.

I thought it was interesting that the guesthouse was named after Hang Nga, the goddess of the Moon. The Moon was the inspiration behind Luna Parks too, the amusement parks inspired by Coney Island attractions. Hang Nga Guesthouse shared a lot with them. But while the funfair might be a fun place to lớn visit, there is still nobody who would rent a room on the top of a rollercoaster.

Dang Viet Nga, the Crazy House owner, understood that. While daytime visitors couldn’t approach the entrance door of her trang chính, hotel guests did not enjoy the same privilege. Hidden behind her golden gate, protected (or imprisoned?) like a bird in one of the yard cages, she let the paying khách sạn guests become the victims of the hungry werewolves awoken by her Moon villa.

Exiting the khách sạn, I met two young Asian girls waiting at the reception. They told them the room will not be ready before 2 pm. I expressed my condolences.

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Walk over the rooftop of the architect’s house và enjoy the view

DALAT CRAZY HOUSE INFO

Crazy House Dalat address

03 Đường Huỳnh Thúc Kháng, Phường 4, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng 66000, Vietnam

Crazy House Dalat opening hours

You can visit Crazy House Dalat every day, from 8:30 am till 7 pm.

Crazy House Dalat entrance fee

The price depends on the visitor’s height. For people taller than 1,40 m, Crazy House Dalat ticket will cost 60.000 VND (2,20 Euros). For those whose height is between 1,đôi mươi and 1,40 m, Crazy House Dalat entry fee is trăng tròn.000 VND (70 cents). Visitors shorter than 1,trăng tròn m can enter Crazy House in Dalat free of charge.

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Hang Nga Guesthouse rates

Depending on the room of choice, the price for one night stay could cost between 1.040.000 VND (38 Euros) và 2.670.000 VND (97 Euros). The newly opened four-bedroom house costs 5 million Dong per night (181 Euro). For the most affordable Crazy House Dalat booking, kiểm tra the prices here.

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