I remember reading about about Madame Nga's 'Crazyhouse' in the National Geographic a few years ago, and have wanted to visit ever since. I was not disappointed; it was the single best thing I did in Dalat, and possibly even the whole of Vietnam.
Such an amazingly imaginative building, it seems it is not so much 'designed', as growing out of the ground—like the trees and plants with which it is intertwined. That it is still being built, adds to the impression that it is a 'living' thing, a curiosity of the landscape.
Exploring the many tunnels and bridges gave rise to the inevitable hackneyed comparisons with Dali, Gaudi, Disney, Tolkien, and Lewis Carroll. Yet I left with the feeling that this was a very unique creation in itself; I'm fairly sure that nothing like this does, or could ever, exist in the west.
Would recommend going early, to avoid the crowds—we did not, and the place was inundated with bus tourists, even though it was supposedly the quiet season. Allow a good two hours.
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