Da Lat’s hotel among Lonely Planet’s secret marvels of the world

Lonely Planet has a released a book of its 360 amazing places 'Secret Marvels of the World' and Hang Nga Guesthouse in Da Lat, Vietnam is one of them.

(VNF) - Lonely Planet has a released a book of its 360 amazing places 'Secret Marvels of the World' and Hang Nga Guesthouse in Da Lat, Vietnam is one of them.

Unearthing some of these hidden wonders, travel experts Lonely Planet have included 360 amazing places in their book Secret Marvels of the World. From a dramatic rock face in Norway and a mesmerising lake of trees in Kazakhstan, to a surrealist guesthouse in Vietnam and the catacombes of Paris, there are many weird and wonderful locations.

While the book covers many far-flung locations, Vietnam also gets a mention, that is Hang Nga Guesthouse in Da Lat.

Da Lat’s hotel among Lonely Planet’s secret marvels of the world

Hang Nga Guesthouse. (Photo: lily.barrett)

Da Lat’s hotel among Lonely Planet’s secret marvels of the world

Warped walls, sculpted jungle vines and crooked stairs, welcome to the guesthouse that was inspired by the surreal art of Salvador Dali. (Photo: sarahnotharris)

Dalat has the power to not only romanticize but also inspire people to go beyond their limits. Hang Nga guesthouse, also known as the “Crazy House,” is a piece of artwork that really surpasses the limit of people’s imagination.

Designed by Vietnamese architect and impressionist Dang Viet Nga, this extraordinary building of non-rectilinear shapes has appeared in many international architectural journals and finally made its way to the list of the world’s ten most creative buildings, according to the Chinese People’s Daily.

The beds, says Secret Marvels, ‘are cradled in cauldronlike chambers’, while ‘latticed windows look like spiders' webs’.

Da Lat’s hotel among Lonely Planet’s secret marvels of the world

Also known as the “Crazy House,” Hang Nga guesthouse is a piece of artwork that really surpasses the limit of people’s imagination. (Photo: andreywake)

As the intention of the architect is to make a fairy tale house, the “crazy house” resembles a tree with uneven windows, tunnel-shaped stairways, etc. Both the exterior and the interior of the guesthouse are created and decorated with twisting organic forms and very few right angles. The hollow “tree” extends in many directions, rising above to reach to the sky of the amazing Da Lat.

Walking along the cave-shape hallways inside the house is not simply a visit but an exhilarating experience, a departure from the norm; wild mushrooms and spider webs popping up on your way is not unusual.

Besides, the guesthouse is really a spectacular construction with ten themed guest rooms such as the tiger room, the eagle room, the ant room and the kangaroo room…, with decorations and handcrafted furniture matching the theme.

According to Viet Nga, each room has its own meaning: the tiger room refers to the Chinese; the eagle room describes the American; and the ant room represents the Vietnamese, etc.

Da Lat’s hotel among Lonely Planet’s secret marvels of the world

The exterior, meanwhile, resembles a melted candle. (Photo: snaptravelandpop)

The book is a compendium of the world’s weirdest and most wonderful sights, that really do have to be seen to be believed. From a grassless golf course to a cave that looks like Superman’s lair, and from multi-coloured eucalyptus trees to a lunchbox museum, its pages are a celebration of the mysterious, mesmerising and downright bizarre.

Some others in the book are Cave of the Crystals (Chihuahua, Mexico); Ha’iku Stairs, Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees (Hawaii, USA); Salvation Mountain (California, USA); El Peñón de Guatapé (Antioquia, Colombia); Catacombes de Paris (Paris, France); Lake Kaindy (Tian Shan Mountains, Kazakhstan); Toilet Fountain (Foshan, China), etc.

Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community./.

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