Europe – a dream travel destination for many, even for many Europeans themselves! For some, reaching the continent is not always that easy, especially when their budget is tight.
Fortunately, there are several places in Asia that are doing great not just in replicating European-style buildings, but also European vibes that’ll make visitors feel like it’s Europe. Who says you have to go far to experience it all?
1. Dalat, Vietnam
It’s one of Vietnam’s most beautiful places and a must-visit destination during your visit to the country. It’s perfect for travelers who are fond of spring-like weather, and at this very place also is where you’ll find elegant French-colonial villas.
Not very far from them are fruitful farms of sweet strawberries and beautiful flowers, in contrast to verdant rice fields that are typically seen all around the country.
Can’t stand the heat in Ho Chi Minh City? Then make a move to Dalat (just as the French did!), where the daily temperatures are between 15°C and 24°C.
For French travelers visiting Dalat, the colonial houses, bakeries and more will remind them of home. As for domestic tourists and tourists from other non-European countries, this Le Petit Paris, a honeymoon getaway, is unique in its own way as it is located in an asian tropical jungle instead. Plus, the weather is also perfect for travelers looking forward to enjoy the outdoors.
2. Huis Ten Bosch, Japan
If you’re a child at heart and love theme parks, then Huis Ten Bosch is the right place for you. It’s also perfect for family getaways for all parents out there who are planning some good times especially with their kids.
Located in Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan , this theme park recreates a Dutch town and is named after one of the Dutch Royal Family members who used to live in the area. The family-friendly destination features fun rides amid the wonderful gardens and European-style architecture all around. In fact, its atmosphere is as wonderful as the one in Europe.
3. Austrian Village in Huizhou, China
China is notorious for its skills in replicating things of any kind, even if it means a whole “destination” you’ll only find in Europe. Yes, they bravely and successfully did it amid a controversy that arose, and in fact spent $940 million on a project of cloning one of the most picturesque Austria’s villages, the UNESCO World heritage-listed Hallstatt.
Nevertheless, the attraction is well-done and is able to give visitors a little taste of places like the lakeside European village, church clock tower, wooden houses and many more. Not bad for an ambitious attempt.
4. The Venetian, Macao
To begin with, everywhere in Macao has European vibes that make travelers feel like they’re in Europe. One place stands out above the rest, which is the Venetian.
It’s a destination not to be missed when you’re in Macao. The Venetian is a big casino resort that features the romantic streets and canals of Venice.
Of course, the main attraction of the Venetian Macao is the casino and while gambling slots take away most of the attraction’s romantic element, the gondola rides (as you can see in the image) and replica of St Mark’s Square are as identical as the originals.
5. French Village in Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia
Located 30 miles away from Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Tinggi is home to a replica French Village that offers its locals a taste of cultural flavors from Europe, mainly France.
For many Malaysians who want to escape the country’s heat, Bukit Tinggi is an alternative to Cameron Highlands and Fraser’s Hill. They’re not just lured by the site’s cool atmosphere, but also its unique theme that gives them a European feel that some of them have yet to experience.
Although Bukit Tinggi isn’t famous for its tea leaves and fresh strawberries, its French-styled Colmar Tropicale is one of the things that makes it special. Many domestic travelers spend their honeymoon there, but for those who don’t have the time to stay over for the night, a quick day-trip is possible, too.
Expect to dine in lovely restaurants and be entertained by talented live band musicians that help you embrace the European experience you’re looking for.
Which one of these places are the closest to you?