Crazy House (Da Lat, Vietnam)

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The  “Crazy House” of Da Lat (originally the “Moon House”) is a maze of tunnels and narrow, sometimes dangerous, staircases.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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