Hằng Nga guesthouse (otherwise known as the "crazy house") is everything other than conventional. This one of a kind building was designed and constructed by Vietnamese architect Đặng Việt Nga in Đà Lạt, Vietnam. If visiting Vietnam, be sure to visit Phu Quoc and Da Nang while there - relax on the beach in Phu Quoc and enjoy Da Nang's many attractions.

Hằng Nga guesthouse is described in many ways including as a "fairy tale house: but is more popularly known as "Crazy House" The structure resembles something of a giant tree while incorporating sculptured design elements of natural things such as mushrooms, spider webs, caves, and animals. Over in Germany, the Neuschwanstein Castle has inspired many fairy tale castles - including the Sleeping Beauty Castle of Walt Disney.


About The Hằng Nga Guesthouse

The architecture has been described as expressionist and has gained international recognition for its unique architecture. It is frequently described in many guidebooks and is often listed as one of the most bizarre buildings in the world.

  • Built: 1990
  • Created By: Đặng Việt Nga

Originally it was a personal project of the Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga but it opened to the public in 1990. Dang Viet Nga's daughter has stated that the design was inspired by the natural environment surrounding Da Lat city as well as the work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi.

Dang Viet Nga opted for a very different way to build the structure. Instead of using standard architectural plans as blueprints, she produced paintings then hired non-professional local craftsmen to transform them into reality. There are a wealth of complex organic structures in the building echoing natural forms and there are few right-angles.

The guesthouse stands in stark contrast to the city of Dalat's French colonial villas. It is a maze of spiral staircases, sculptural bedrooms, swirls of bright colors, narrow bridges, and hidden nooks.

  • Art and Expression: Having Worked On Stifling State-Owned Depelopmet Nga Wanted To Express Herself

After working on a number of state-owned developments for years she wanted to unleash her imagination. The state-own developments afforded very little creativity.

She told CNN Travel. "I wanted to create something original, pioneering -- different from anything else in the world."

She stated, "There are no rules -- aside from basic structural principles [to make sure it's safe and stable] -- it's all about self-expression."

In the construction of the building, a variety of materials were used - like wood, steel, and concrete. There are sinuous cement "branches" that double up as bridges, so they twist and wind between the four enormous tree houses surrounding the main house. People can move from one house to the next with these.

Within the treehouses are 10 guest rooms and are full of organic shapes. The beds are cavern-like.

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Visiting And Staying At the Guesthouse

This was meant as a personal project for Nga. But it proved to be a heavy financial burden so she expanded the building into a guesthouse. It first opened to paying tourists in late 1990.

  • Rooms: Themed And Named After Animals And Plants
  • Number: There Are 10 Guest Rooms

The rooms all have interesting names from nature including Ant, Gourd, Termite, Land Eagle, Pheasant, Tiger, Kangaroo, and Bear. In each room are decorations and handcrafted furniture to match the theme. Staying here is trippy and is sure to be one of the strangest hotels one will ever stay - perhaps even the strangest ever! Few architects ever get to have the artistic license as what was shown here!

There's another meaning with the rooms as well. According to Viet Nga, the tiger room is a reference to the Chinese, the ant room represents the Vietnamese, the eagle room is the Americans, and so on.

The guesthouse has uneven windows and tunnel-shaped stairways. The unusual character of this building isn't just limited to the exterior, but attention has been taken to extend it to the interior as well. In some ways, it is like being inside a hollow tree that extends in many directions.

  • Tours: VND: 60,000 ($2.50)

The rooms cost between $45 and $89 for a foreigner and less for local Vietnamese.

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Full-Day Guided Tour

If one would like a full-day guided tour of the odd structure. Then one guided tour listed on Tripadvisor features an 8-hour English-speaking tour. It includes the entrance and an air-conditioned vehicle along with a coffee. The tour not only visits the Hang Nga Guest House and Art Gallery but also the other attractions Lan Ty Ni Pagoda and the XQ Da Lat Art House in the area.

  • Duration: 8 Hours
  • Lunch: Extra $10.00
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Cost: From $72 Per Adult (Varies with The Number Of Participants)

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