Da Lat Crazy House: A Wacky Adventure In Vietnam
The dreamy city of Da Lat Vietnam is famous for its cool climate, immense pine forest, and ancient villas with French architectural style. Among these villas, one might find themselves in awe and surprised with the unique architecture and mysterious beauty of The Crazy House, also known as Hang Nga Villa.
About Da Lat Crazy House
The Crazy House is located at No. 3, Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Ward 4, Da Lat city, Lam Dong province. It was built in 1990, and the area is about 2000 square meters.
The Crazy House is a project of architect Dang Viet Nga, the owner of this mansion.
From a young age, she studied in China and continued her High School in the Soviet Union.
She graduated from Moscow University of Architecture (1959 – 1965). From 1969-1972 she continued to study and obtained her doctorate in Russia.
Dang Viet Nga returned to Da Lat, lived and worked from 1983. She started the project in 1990, and it’s still in construction at present.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Da Lat is from October to March, as this is the dry season.
Specifically, the ideal time of the day to explore the Crazy House is from 8:30 am to 10 am and after 4 pm.
It took us about 2 hours to explore the villa, so don’t forget to schedule your time to enjoy the most of your trip.
Services in Da Lat Crazy House
1. Ticket price
Unlike the tourist areas in Da Lat, where the ticket price is quite high, Hang Nga Villa has a reasonable ticket price:
- Ticket price for adults: 50,000 VND / person
- Ticket price for children: 20,000 VND / person
2. Opening hours
The Crazy House opens from 8:30 am daily and closes at 7 pm.
3. Room rates
You can experience staying in one of the crazy rooms in the villa. Make your reservation here.
Best things to see at Da Lat Crazy House
1. The design
We were impressed with the design of the Dalat Crazy House. It’s extraordinary, wild, and fascinating.
One of this villa’s most exciting and unique features is its structure.
From the ceiling to the door, all were designed arbitrarily. The windows also have strange shapes and are placed in the protrusions of the oval wall.
Although the design does not follow any rules or patterns, it still offers a harmonious look.
2. The stairs
One of the experiences that we love at The Crazy House is going by the stairs. These spiral stairs lead to several areas and buildings of the House.
Although some parts of the stairs are quite challenging to move, it was still an exceptional experience.
3. The rooms at Da Lat Crazy House
Hang Nga Villa includes Tree Stump Hotel and Spider Web Castle, two tree trunks made of concrete.
The rooms here have unique and interesting names: Tiger, Bear, Eagle, Monkey, etc.
4. The sketches & stories
We found several sketches, designs, and life stories of the architect Dang Viet Nga.
There are many photos of hers taken in Russia, Vietnam, and many places that she’s been to. It’s like her museum!
5. The view
We also loved the panoramic view on the top of the building. From here, we could see the mountains and all of Da Lat.
6. The garden
Don’t miss your visit to the garden!
This beautiful garden houses a highly diverse flora system of Da Lat such as hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, butterfly petals, lily, carnations.
Tips for visiting Hang Nga villas
- Because the villa is still in construction and some rooms are empty, you should pay attention when exploring.
- When taking pictures, stand in a stable position. The design of the terrain is not flat, and you may fall.
- The spiral staircase is quite difficult to go. You should pay special attention if traveling with small children. Always keep an eye on them.
- It will be better to travel in a group and explore this place.
How to get to Crazy House
From the city center, drive to 3/2 street. Then, you turn to Le Hong Phong street and go another 200 meters to Huynh Thuc Khang street.
After 30 meters, you will find the Crazy house on your left-hand side
From Dalat market, it only takes 18 minutes for visitors to walk to Crazy House Dalat. If you go by car or bike, it takes about 5 minutes.
Places to visit near Da Lat Crazy House
After a trip to the Crazy House, here is the list of nearby places you can visit:
- Da Lat cable car (Take this cable car to visit Tuyen Lam Lake and Truc Lam temple)
- Da Lat train station
- Bao Dai palace
This year I planned to travel to Vietnam and I would visit this place. But because of COVID I missed it in April and now in October flight is canceled again. There is always next year …