After our 4 days in Hoi An and then day spent on the beach in Nha Trang (plus a day spent hungover in our hostel room!) we were up early to get the 7:30am bus to Da Lat.
Da Lat is a small city/big town 4 hours inland of Nha Trang and benefits from a much cooler climate than the coast meaning it’s a popular destination for Vietnamese locals as well as travellers.
From what i had heard through the traveller grapevine, most people visit Da Lat for its adventure activities, the most popular being canyoning (which we didn’t fancy doing.. jumping into freezing water off the top of waterfalls.. no thank you!) so i didn’t have any expectations of the town itself but i was pleasantly surprised with how much i liked it!
We arrived in Da Lat to a a lot of cloud and a very cool temperature, we took it easy that afternoon and headed to the Sunday night market in the evening which was full of food and clothes stall and what i liked about this market is that it’s mainly aimed at the locals rather than tourists.
The following day, which was our only full day in Da Lat we woke up to sunshine, a beautiful blue sky and a comfortable temperature of 23º (to us this was still shorts and t-shirt weather but the Vietnamese were clearly taking full advantage of this unusually cool climate and wearing thick coats, scarfs and gloves.. no joke!).
We headed out to explore the town, see the lake and also take the cable car to the Monastery (all of which i would highly recommend doing), however what i really want to tell you about is the Crazy House that we found!!
I didn’t know anything about this house until i saw it on Jetsetting Fools blog after binge reading their Vietnam posts and it went straight on my to-see list while in Da Lat.
The Hang Nga Crazy House was started in 1990, its a hotel (although i wouldn’t fancy staying there!) and is always having new and crazy sections built onto it, in fact right now a new building is in progress which will become a restaurant or bar for the public which is a really good idea!
The architect is from Russia and started the project to entice people back to nature. Now its a popular stop on day trips of Da Lat and after visiting i can certainly see why, plus with a 40,000dong/ £1.17 entrance fee it’s also a bargain!
I felt like i was in a mix of Alice in Wonderland but also in Barcelona with designs similar to Gaudi (in fact the Lonely Planet actually describes the design as Gaudi on acid which i would have to agree with!!).
Here’s some photos of the crazy house so you can see for yourself just how bizarre it is!
**I made a little video from my time in Vietnam which is up on my YouTube channel and features Da Lat, check it out here! 🙂 **