Dalat is such a great city. It’s a welcome break from the humidity of the rest South East Asia. I spent a lovely few days in the mountains of Vietnam, but the highlight was definitely Crazy House.
Crazy House is an amazing guesthouse in Dalat. If I wasn’t on a backpacker budget I would’ve 100% stayed there. It’s like something out of a fairytale. The architect who created the building, Đặng Việt Nga, was inspired by Gaudi, but I personally thought it felt like a Disney creation.
The day I visited was quiet, so I almost had the place to myself. The whole house felt like a woodland and in some parts looked like odd-shaped trees.
I loved how many staircases there were and how easy it was to get lost climbing up and down the stairs with all the twists and turns.
From the top of Crazy House it was possible to see stunning views of Da Lat.
The guestrooms were open for viewing (although you couldn’t actually go into the rooms). This room had a carving of a bear.
And this one had windows that looked like spiderwebs. The woodland feel of the place felt so unusual for South East Asia, yet fit in nicely with the cooler climate of Da Lat.
And of course, here’s a selfie I took. It was nice to take a selfie where I’m not looking sweaty from the humidity.
How to get to Da Lat
Fly – It’s possible to fly directly to Dalat from Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi.
Bus – Get the bus from Mui Ne, Ho Chi Minh, Nha Trang or Hoi An.
Other Activities in Da Lat
Crazy House was my highlight, but there’s plenty of other things to do in Da Lat. Most backpackers do canyoning as part of a day tour. There’s also a tour which involves driving around the local countryside on motorbikes. Like most places in South East Asia, these are available to book in every hostel on arrival. I stayed at Mr Peace Backpacker’s House which I enjoyed. The staff were really friendly and there was a family dinner each evening.
What’s the most interesting building you’ve seen whilst travelling? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!