Not everyone can afford the time and money to fly halfway across the globe to run along flower fields and admire historic European architecture. But we can all dream, right? We scour the internet and find these “fake” European destinations that you can visit to satisfy your European wanderlust. Located nearby in Asia, these attractions are cheaper and easy to visit.
You know what they say: Imitation is the best form of flattery.
Far from what its name suggests; there is no chocolate factory in Chocolate Ville. (The origin of its name remains a mystery until today.) It is actually a theme park restaurant in a European town-inspired village. It’s especially stunning at night, when the dome-shaped pavilions and European-esque building are illuminated.
#2 Hallstatt in Huizhou, China
Modelled after Hallstatt, a rustic Austrian village with UNESCO’s stamp of approval. The Chinese replica of the village features old-fashioned buildings and farmhouses, and has recently gained popularity as a wedding photo shoot venue.
Sister to The Venetian in Las Vegas, this luxury resort is the largest casino in the world! It’s also the largest single building hotel in Asia. In this Chinese replica of the Italian floating city, there’s even a mini grand canal and gondolas!
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#4 Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan
Named after one of the residences of the Dutch Royal Family, this Dutch-inspired theme park has got it down to a tee: They’ve got red brick buildings, iconic windmills, canals, and more. There’s even a replica of the Palace Huis Ten Bosch. The area is divided into two zones: A theme park and hotel.
#5 Santorini Park in Cha-Am, Thailand
Its iconic white-washed buildings and pebbled walkways bring a piece of the famous Greek destination to Thailand. Santorini Park is located on a highway (before Cha-Am Beach), and offers a breathtaking cliff-top view of the surrounding scenery. An amusement park with classic rides and a wide variety of restaurants, this attraction is a must-visit in Cha-Am!
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#6 French Village in Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia
Tired of Cameron and Genting Highlands? Say hello to Malaysia’s up-and-coming highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Pahang. Situated about 48km away from Kuala Lumpur, this city is all about culture. It’s must famous for Colmar Tropicale, a French-inspired village with cobblestone buildings, hip cafes and restaurants, and even buskers!
Snap your #OOTDs by the Tudor-style buildings and iconic red telephone booths, and nobody will be able to tell that you’re in Shanghai, not London! This cosy London-inspired corner is residential area for the elite Chinese, and even has a Thames river replica.
#8 Petite France in Gyeonggi, South Korea
A popular K-drama filming site (most notably from My Love from the Star and Winter Sonata), Petite France is inspired by the French countryside on the Mediterranean coast and is filled with beautiful forests and greenery. It’s also a top choice for wedding photography!
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