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It's a hotel, really.
The Crazy House, built by the daughter of Ho Chi Minh's right-hand man Hang Nga, wriggles up amidst the surrounding architecture as a bizarre contrast. Bizarre for Vietnam. Bizarre for Southeast Asia. It is like a Disney animation of a Grimm's Brothers fairy tale sculpted by Salvador Dali on the grounds of a classic French colonial villa.

After completing her primary education in China, Hang Nga eventually completed a PhD in architecture in Russia. I saw traditional russial details in the Crazy House like "matrioshka".

Each of the five rooms, explains Hang Nga, has its own theme. The tiger room is for the Chinese. A large tiger with eyes burning bright with red Christmas tree lights, descends down the wall toward the fireplace. The Eagle Room, with a giant eagle's egg as a fireplace, is "big and strong" for the Americans. The Ant Room is for the Vietnamese. "They are always trying to do hard work," says Hang Nga, "and, like red ants, they can fight back."
This photo in only one from there. But if you are going to Vietnam, see it.

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