Da Lat in Vietnam is full of wonderful and beautiful things, but today, we found that there is a touch a crazy too and we couldn't believe what we saw!
First stop of the day was to the Crazy House and as the name suggests, this place is seriously out of this world with cool and crazy architecture! This is one of the most unique buildings that can be found in Vietnam and has to be seen to be believed. Crazy House was designed to be a space that connects human functionality within the natural environment.
Crazy House is just simply amazing to explore with all different rooms and hallways to go through, there's also steep, narrow steps that take you way above and gives you a bird's eye view of the city and buildings below. With so many pathways to take you can quite easily get lost in this maze of wonder but definitely take your time here as there is a lot to take in! Apart from being a tourist attraction, Crazy House also provides fully functional accommodation with breakfast even included, the rooms are very quirky and each have their own theme.
This place also has a natural element of overgrown gardens and cute little wooden tables and benches which provides the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and chatting with friends. You wouldn't even think you were in the same place, the contrast from quirky architecture to plants and greenery is, well, crazy!
Address: So 3 Duong Huynh Thuc Khang, Phuong 4, Thanh pho Da Lat, Lam Dong
Open Hours: Daily from 8:30am - 7pm
Price: Adult 50,000 dong ($3.15 AUD)
Next was a place called Hoa Son Dien Trang. I was really excited about this place after seeing a photo of giant hand made out of bamboo that seemed to be floating above the trees, I was like yep, I need to go there! Turns out there is a whole heap of really cool and gorgeous photo opportunities including viewing platforms, swings, nests, ladders and frames. The second we arrived at the entrance it was clear that this is a very popular place, there were buses of people here so I would highly recommend coming here first thing in the morning to beat the crowd and queues.
Just like most of Da Lat, this place is very steep and expect plenty of walking. For 10,000 dong each person per ride, you can use their shuttle service which takes you up and down the hill if you can't be bothered walking.
Address: Tieu khu 159 Phuong 5 huong di deo Ta Nung, Lam Dong 670000, Vietnam
Open Hours: Daily from morning to night
Price: Adult 30,000 dong ($1.90 AUD)
Heading back into town our driver suggested a quick stop to a pretty pink church, which makes for a great photo and I absolutely loved the colour of this place!
We then asked our driver to drop us off in the middle of town so that we could walk around and check out some things. We came across yet another crazy looking place called 100 Roofs Cafe. Although it has the word "cafe" in it's name, this place is just all drinks and very cheap drinks at that, we paid $3.50AUD for a cocktail!
Knowing your limits is very important here, it was hard enough navigating it sober. This place has multiple floors of dimly lit rooms some of which have dead ends, sculptures coming out of the walls and a maze of tunnels. Some walkways are very narrow with low ceilings and there are just obstacles everywhere including tables, chairs and benches.
It's honestly hard to believe that a place like this really exists. It's dark enough inside during the day, I couldn't even imagine what it would be like at night! Smoking is permitted inside too and with very little ventilation inside I wouldn't recommend coming here at night if you have breathing difficulties or just simply don't like the smell of smoke. We visited during the day and had the whole place to ourselves so it was a great opportunity for us to take our time looking around and wonder to ourselves how these intoxicated people manage, because no joke, I wouldn't dare step foot into this place at night!
Address: 57 Phan Boi Chau, Phuong 1, Da Lat, Lam Dong, Vietnam
Open Hours: Daily from 8am - midnight
Price: Entry is free