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Vietnamese farmer builds yacht-shaped house as ode to life on the high seas

Vietnamese farmer builds yacht-shaped house as ode to life on the high seas

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10:35 GMT+7
Vietnamese farmer builds yacht-shaped house as ode to life on the high seas
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer in Vinh Long Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region has spent his lifetime savings to build an eye-catching yacht-shaped house out of pure nostalgia for his days as a sailor.

Cao Van Nam, a-71-year-old man from Hoa Tinh Commune, Mang Thit District, built the house for VND5 billion (US$217,975).

As a young man, Nam worked as a sailor for many years before immigrating to the United States with his family in 1990.

Later, his love of the high seas was rekindled after travelling aboard a luxury cruise.

Nam’s wife passed away in 2014, and the devoted husband felt it was his duty to repatriate her body to their hometown in Mang Thit. 

During the visit, the man decided to resettle in Vietnam and attempt to make a living by farming chicken and eel.

Longing for his days travelling the ocean, Nam decided to build a yacht-shaped house.

“At the end of 2018, I ordered a design team to map out a plan of the house,” said Nam.

After multiple revisions to the plan, the three-story house was built on a 390 square meter plot, above 13 meter by 30 meter pond.  

A total of 51 reinforced concrete pillars support the sizeable house above the pond, as if the house truly is a boat at sea.  

The house has seven bedrooms, one living room, one dining room, and one reading room.

The railing, door frame and an observatory atop the house are built from stainless steel.

The house was completed earlier this year after two years of construction.

Below are photos of the yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province:

Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam in front of his yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam in front of his yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre
Cao Van Nam's yacht-shaped house in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

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