Book a Room at Vietnam?s ?Crazy House?

The proprietor and architect of this local wonder is an eccentric Vietnamese woman named Dang Viet Nga, the daughter of Communist Party leader Truong Chinh, who briefly served as Vietnam’s president in the ’80s. Fading newspaper clippings about her family adorn the walls near her office in the entryway to the compound. Educated in China, Nga, who now goes by Hang Nga, got her Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Moscow. She drafted plans for state projects before casting off on her own with this ambitious complex. Hoping to meld art with nature, she drew out plans for the house in paintings, instead of the more traditional architectural blueprints, and left the construction in the hands of local workers.

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