The “Crazy House” of Da Lat (originally the “Moon House”) is a maze of tunnels and narrow, sometimes dangerous, staircases.
Admission was only 40,000 VND each (less than US$2), and well worth it. The place is surreal; one online review said it was like something out of a Dr. Seuss book and that was intriguing, so we headed over.
The railings on some of these staircases were much too low to be useful for holding onto while climbing, and that was really quite terrifying. I imagine this could be too slippery to be safe on a rainy day, and it also occurred to me to recommend families with toddlers and anyone with vertigo to take a pass on the climbs.
We have never really visited a structure quite like this one. The concept was very creative, if a little on the odd side.
There are even hotel rooms on site, though with the constant flow of visitors it is somewhat lacking in privacy:
Our kids enjoyed it so much, we stuck around for a long time. And then imagine how excited we were to hear that there was a second establishment, based on the same concept, elsewhere in town!
The “100 Roofs” bar is a multi-story building near the downtown district where, after purchasing a drink on the main level (your choice of alcoholic and non-), you can wander the premises, sit in any number of tiny alcoves, or hit the dance floor.
But first: you will have to find your way through the building.
I am glad that it was dark once we made it over. I wouldn’t want to give away any of the charm of this place. It is definitely one of the strangest bars I have ever been to, but worth seeing. If you land in DaLat, and you are looking for something out of the ordinary, be sure to stop by.