Though there are some very nice things about Đà Lạt, the main attraction (for us) was Hằng Nga's Tree House, known to the locals as "The Crazy House". It's owned by the daughter of the ex-president of Vietnam, who studied architecture in Moscow. Being a celebrity, it was easier for her to get permission to build such a place than, say, you or me.
The place is Georgia O'Keefe-meets-Gaudí, with some Lewis Carroll thrown in for good measure. Hằng Nga is a popular hotel name, and this wasn't the first Hằng Nga we stayed at. In mythology, Hằng Nga was a moon fairy, which points to yet another place where the designer might have studied.
That night, the whole place was empty. Apparently, all the sensible tourists spend the night elsewhere and come to see the place during the day. I found out why when the construction work started at 7AM and people with cameras walked into my room.
A warped welcome to all! On the wall are newspaper clippings about the place, and photos of the owner from her modeling days.
|The main building|
|A branch building
so to speak
|Hùng the driver
going with the flow
To the left are cages with birds
|A little something to catch the customers|
|The front of the Ant Room
where I stayed
|Inside the Ant Room|
|Matching ant lamp|
|Ant room ante-chamber
|The Honeymoon Room
The world's smallest duplex, Duyên had a one-person honeymoon.
|Honeymoon room downstairs
It's rather upscale to have a tree embedded in the wall.
|Honeymoon room staircase|
|Honeymoon room upstairs bedroom
It just exudes a feeling of closeness.
With mementos. Two of the pictures on the left wall were taken in this room, making the pictures of Hồ Chí Minh and Trường Chinh on the right wall pictures in pictures in a picture.