What happens when architects let their imagination run riot? Perhaps, that’s how the Hang
Nga guesthouse came into being. Also called the ‘Crazy House’, this building is more of an
artwork that is ranked among the 10 most creative buildings in the world.
Located in Dalat City, Vietnam, the house took 18 years to reach completion. Architect
Dang View Nga intended to build a fairy tale house with unshapely windows, cave-shaped
hallways, tunnel-like stairways, and so on. Now, it is a guesthouse that offers each guest
a unique experience. There is a wide choice of guest rooms – tiger room, eagle room, ant
room, etc.! And, each room-type or rather theme is said to represent a nationality, such as
American, Chinese, and so on.
The swirling spooky tree is actually a 5-storeyed concreted building representing a banyan
tree with twisted roots and suspended spider webs. Inside, guest rooms and cubby holes
are connected via a maze of bridges, stairways, ladders and even tunnels. Though most
tourists come to just visit the bizarre architecture, you can rent a room. Vietnam’s Hang
Nga Guesthouse is not just a place to stay, but to experience! You may even think of it as
a museum of architecture. The exterior and interior are decorated with twisted and angular designs.
Hand-crafted furniture highlights the interiors.
Tourists coming to Dalat can make a comfortable train journey. Dalat has a railway station,
which is itself a unique monument, built in French style. It is a tourist hot spot and a
great place for family getaways. Its location amidst hills and a small lake offers interesting
activities like hiking, canoeing and mountain biking. Bao Dai Summer Palace, Xuan Huong
Lake, Lanbiang Mountain and Domaine de Marie Church are other interesting attractions in