Budget Travel Guide: How to Enjoy a Fakecation in Thailand

Budget Travel Guide: How to Enjoy a Fakecation in Thailand

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From suntanning on the beach and having a picnic underneath the Eiffel Tower to conquering the leaning tower of Pisa, are you feeling bummed that your friends are having the time of their lives vacationing halfway across the globe – while you’re stuck at home scrolling through your news feed?

Image credit: Santorini Park Cha-Am

If you can’t find the time to go on a long break, fret not because we have the perfect solution ⎼ all you need is a Fakecation. What’s a Fakecation, you might ask? In essence, a Fakecation is simply putting yourself wherever you want to be whenever you want it – you name it, you got it! Take the above picture, for example. Looks like the picturesque alleys of Santorini in Greece, no? Well, you’ll be surprised!

While carefully angled and meticulously edited photos topped with a convincing caption would do the job flawlessly, we’re here to give you another take on doing a Fakecation right – namely where to go to have one, and how to prepare for such a trip. The best part? You can pull off an Ocean’s Thirteen-esque Fakecation in Thailand – which isn’t too far from home at all.

Select Your Ideal Fakecation

What comes to mind when you mention Thailand? Yummy local eats and shopping extravaganzas probably top the list, but there’s another side to the country altogether – one that can instantly teleport you halfway across the globe for the perfect Fakecation. Read on for some of our favourite destinations and mark them down for your next trip!

1. Khao Yai

Quietly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Khao Yai is one of the most picturesque regions this country has to offer. Khao Yai is located about a 2-3 hour drive from Bangkok, easily reached via bus or private car charter, or even as part of a custom tour. Sweet, huh! Here’s where you can go that’ll make you feel like you’re nowhere near the +66:

Get a taste of Italy in a Tuscan Town

Image credit: Primo Piazza Facebook

Set foot into a faraway Tuscan town right here at Primo Piazza! Comprising Italian architecture and cobbled streets paired with lush green sceneries, this beautiful little town is entirely capable of recreating those rustic Italian vibes. Complete your ‘trip to Italy’ with a scoop of gelato, or indulge in some people-watching as you sip on a latte. As you continue to explore this quaint little town, don’t forget to snap some Fakecation-worthy photographs to document your vacation.

Image credit: Primo Piazza Facebook

A couple of furry friends (think: alpacas, donkeys and sheep) inhabit the compound, which are willing to nuzzle up close for a selfie in exchange for a blade of grass. How’s all that for your Italian getaway?

Address: Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

Entrance Fee: 200THB (~S$8.20) for Adults, 100THB (~S$4.10) for Children

Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm, Daily

Feel like royalty in a German Castle

Fancy having a meal in a castle? It’s not everyday that you get to feast like royalty! Pamper yourselves with general portions of European style dishes and an extensive selection of wine at Midwinter Green. As you approach the grounds, be greeted by whitewashed buildings and its accompanying medieval styled roof and tower characteristic of a medieval European castle.

Choose to sit amidst the interior’s posh and elegant decor, or at the Al Fresco dining area. The outdoor area is extremely spacious, and even gives you a spectacular view of the mountains in the distance. Offering a refreshing (and hopelessly grand) gastronomic escapade, Midwinter Green brings Europe straight to your doorstep. Snap away and make it seem as if you’re across the globe in Europe!

Address: 10 88/88 Soi Ban Sai Thong Mu 24 Soi 2, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Sun – Thu | 10am – 11pm Sat – Sun

Live out your LOTR fantasy

Lord of the Rings fans, rejoice! If you’ve always wanted to live in a Hobbit House, this is your chance! That’s right, you no longer need to travel all the way to New Zealand to catch a glimpse of these colourful, quaint little houses. Nestled amidst nature and themed gardens, the thoughtful owners of the resort have recreated the hotel to resemble the Hobbit House down to the finest detail.

With different styles and interior themes, choose one that fits your preference: White Cave, Bag-End House, Little Hole, Little Cave, Bagshot House, Dragon Inn, Dale City and Little Santorini.

To help you gear up for an utterly convincing Middle Earth photoshoot, Baan Suan Noi Resort also has a room that’s fully stashed with costumes and props that are free to use! Go all out and dress up as an elf princess or a hobbit. You can even choose to pose with a bow and arrow prop or a sword. How cool is that? Definitely a dream come true for every fangirl (or boy)!

Address: 292 Moo 15, Tambon Lat Bua Khao, Amphoe Sikhiu, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Klook Pro-Tip: Stay overnight in Khao Yai National Park and take the opportunity to fully immerse yourselves in the beauty in Thailand’s third largest national park.

2. Hua Hin

Hua Hin is Thailand’s famed seaside resort city with an old world charm. Hua Hin is full of soft sandy beaches that are extremely popular amongst locals for weekend getaway. However, here’s the ultimate gamechanger ⎼ look beyond the beaches and you’ll realise that this getaway hotspot will bring a slice of Europe straight to you! Similar to Khao Yai, Hua Hin is located about a 3-hour drive from Bangkok. For a fuss-free holiday, hop on this custom tour with Klook where you’ll have your own driver and be able to explore Hua Hin at your own pace – according to an itinerary that you crafted. Don’t forget to use the promo code “TZKLOOK5” to enjoy US$5 (~S$6.50) off your bookings! Do note that this is only applicable to first-time Klook users. Here’s where you should go:

Visit the precious gem of the Aegean

Image credit: Santorini Park Cha-Am

First up, let’s take a trip to Greece! Santorini Park in Cha-Am is big on details – perfectly recreating Greece’s classic whitewashed buildings, brightly coloured windows, stone-paved paths and dome towers. The park’s resemblance to the Greek island is really quite uncanny!

Find plenty of photo opportunities along the park’s walkway paths, which contain props like colourful birds, a lover’s umbrella and a life-sized green Hulk. Have your picture taken against the blue and white themed walls or strike a pose on the balconies – perfect for your Instagram OOTD shot update!

Image credit: Santorini Park Cha-Am

At the same time, the park offers several amusement park rides; channel your inner kid and hop on the ferris wheel or bounce away on the trampoline! Also, take some time to explore some of the shopping boutiques and restaurants available within the compound for an afternoon tea break. If you think that you can’t get enough of this Greek getaway, feel free to spend a night within the compounds at Santorini Park Stay.

Address: Phetkasem Road (198 km post)

Entrance Fee: 150THB (~S$6.20)

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 7pm | Sat – Sun 9am – 7pm

Befriend a Meh-rino

Meadows, windmills, farm houses and barns – all of these set against a beautiful backdrop of a forested hill right here in… Thailand? Yes, that’s right! The Swiss Sheep Farm transports you to a European style countryside farm, where you can live  out your dreams of being a shepherd and ride through the scenic meadows.

Step right up to interact with the residents of the farm! From horses, sheep and alpacas to cows and swans, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience life on the farm as you take a break from city life. Get up close and personal with the sheep as you grab some grass and enter the sheep fold to feed them. Alternatively, choose to bottle-feed some milk to a lamb. Now how awesome is that!

Address: Petchburi Thailand 76120

Entrance Fee: 120THB (~S$5)

Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm, Daily

Ride a Gondola

The romantic charm of Venice continues to attract scores of tourists from all around the world. Don’t be disheartened if you’re unable to make a trip there, because you can get your own dose of this architectural masterpiece at The Venezia Hua Hin in Thailand! Be swept away by the intricately replicated Venetian aesthetics throughout the compound. Complete with the iconic St. Mark’s Square and Bell Tower alongside gondolas on the canal, this is probably as Venetian as it gets!

Have your cameras on standby as you explore the place and get your pictures taken against the colourful mediterranean shophouses and terraces lined up along the canal. In addition, how about having a go at riding through the streets on a horse carriage?

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The compound of The Venezia Hua Hin simultaneously houses three other top-notch attractions, such as the 3D Art Gallery which features mind blowing optical illusions, the Mini Zoo that is home to sheep and ponies, as well as the Fontana Di Trevi Park that comes with with its signature fountains and arches. With all of that found under one roof, there’s probably no better way to experience this classic Italian city! To make things easier, opt for this 4-in-1 combo that will give you 37% off admission to all four of the above attractions.

Address: 1899 Petch Kasem Rd. (Sai Tai), Cha Am, Petchburi 76120

Opening Hours: 10am – 11:30pm, Daily

Klook Pro-Tip: With a variety of unique accommodations to choose from, choose to stay over at different resorts during the span of your trip to experience Hua Hin to its fullest.

3. Pattaya

Just a short two hours away from Bangkok, Pattaya welcomes you to experience its glorious coast. If you’re looking to embark on something a little different this holiday, read on to find out how some places take you away from the atypical Pattaya and straight to iconic destinations halfway across the globe. To get you started, check out this custom tour that allows you to plan your own itinerary and travel around Pattaya at your own pace. All of that in the comfort of your own private vehicle!

Explore the Grand Canyon

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While you’re en route to Pattaya from Bangkok, make a stop at Thailand’s very own Grand Canyon! Hidden deep within the Khiri district of Chonburi, this place remains relatively undiscovered by the masses, perhaps making it somewhat of a challenge to find. Don’t worry, the stunning views will make the journey more than worth it!

Previously a functioning quarry with a reservoir at the bottom, the view from the top of the Grand Canyon is one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in all of Chonburi. Take a moment to admire the glistening emerald pool that’s nestled right in the middle of a deep canyon!

Image credit: Takulsereethawats

Also, keep a lookout for the Snow Mountain! This isn’t exactly real snow, but the “snow” on this mountain actually refers to the fine stone that is said to look as white as snow. Either way, the place is perfect for some Fakecation photos and is also great fun for a climb!

Address: Khiri Nakhon Soi 8, Kapi, Thailand

Entrance Fee: 10THB (~S$0.40)

Get lost at Stonehenge

French Garden (left); Stonehenge Garden (right) | Image credit: Nong Nong Tropical Garden

Horticulture enthusiasts, this one’s for you! Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is probably one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, hands down. Be blown away by the sights of the garden while you’re there. From housing a world-class orchid nursery to a 17th Century French garden as well as a recreation of Stonehenge, this would probably be any landscaper’s dream.

Whether it’s at a garden in the Versailles Palace in France or visiting the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in England, save yourselves the hassle of flying halfway across the globe and realise all of your dreams right here at Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden!

Address: 34/1 Moo 7, Na-Jomtien, Satahip, Chonburi 20250 Thailand

Entrance Fee:

  • Admission + Show: 395THB (~S$16.30)
  • Admission + Show + Lunch: 650THB (~S$26.70)

Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm, Daily

Go wine tasting at the countryside

Image credit: Silverlake Vineyard

Occupying an impressive 480 acres of land, Silverlake Vineyard sits on an elevated terrace that offers a panoramic vista over the vineyard and lake. The vineyard’s name was inspired by the large body of water found at the heart of the site, which gives off a mesmerising metallic hue at dusk.

To top it all off, the vineyards, olive trees and Tuscan styled buildings all come together to bring you to – you guessed it – Italy. Complete your experience with some fresh olives and high quality balsamic vinegars. Fun fact: Silverlake also adopts the latest machinery and techniques from Italy for its wine production!

Image credit: Silverlake Vineyard

While you’re there, explore the garden and flower fields that are decorated by beautifully manicured topiary bushes. Also, sign yourselves up for the various on-site tours to explore the facility in depth and who knows, perhaps it might even awaken the wine connoisseur in you!

Address: 31/62 Moo 7, Na Jomtien, Pattaya, Chonburi 20250, Thailand

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm | Sat – Sun, Public Holiday 8:30am – 7pm

Klook Pro-Tip: If you’re looking for something to do at night, Pattaya does have a vibrant nightlife! Take your pick from a variety of ladyboy cabaret shows and bustling night markets.

Alternatively, escape to ‘Italy’ during this Colosseum show in a Roman arena, or show off your sun-kissed tan at ‘Maldives’ on this coral island snorkelling tour.

What You Need for a Fakecation

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Spoilt for choice already? Before you start embarking on your Fakecation, grab yourself a SIM card or a portable WiFi device to stay connected on the go! Plus, these give you unlimited data. Imagine that! Not only will you be able to keep in touch with your family, you’ll also be able to upload all your Fakecation adventures as and when you want to. Simply book online with Klook and pick it up from a representative at the airport. It’s that simple! P.S. Don’t forget to use the promo code “TZKLOOK5” to get an additional US$5 (~S$6.50) off.

Klook Pro-Tip: If you’re travelling in a large party, consider opting for the portable WiFi, which can connect up to 10 devices all at once.

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Transport wise, let’s face it ⎼ we don’t always feel comfortable haggling for a good transportation price, especially so when we don’t speak the local language. Thankfully, we could get out of this sticky situation easily by opting for a private car charter! Make the most out of your time and customise your trip however you want to. With a Toyota Commuter van that accommodates up to 10 pax, opt for either a half or full day charter to fit your schedule accordingly. If you’re travelling in a smaller party, you’d be comfortably seated in either a Honda Civic or Toyota Altis that fits up to 3 pax. Plus, you’d get an opportunity to visit places that are often deemed “out of the way” via public transport. To top it all off, you’d be able to travel to different places all in the comfort of your own private vehicle!

Klook Pro-Tip: If if you’re looking to get your money’s worth, how’s this for size: Khao Yai custom tours amount to as low as ~S$40 per pax per day. Explore the sights and sounds of Khao Yai over a span of four days based on your own custom itinerary on a 12 hour charter service daily.

So there you have it – our take on a Fakecation and how, if done right, could be your ticket to travelling all around the world. Remember, the best travels don’t always have to be the ones that bring you miles away from home! Plus, with private charters to ensure you cover all of your favourite destinations with ease and comfort, you’d be well on your way to a Fakecation of a lifetime.

Feeling pumped and ready to conquer the best fakecation spots in Thailand? Get started by booking with Klook right now! Your one stop shop for activities, attractions, transport and connectivity, Klook guarantees the best price in the market. Find anything more and they’ll refund you the difference! Secure value deals seamlessly and conveniently through Klook’s online platform, and have all your vouchers sent straight to your phone for easy access and reference. With instant confirmation features, skip the long lines at popular attractions. Simply download Klook’s dedicated mobile app from the Apple store or Android Play store, and you’ll be able to make your bookings on the go! Input the promo code “TZKLOOK5” at check out to get US$5 (~S$6.50) off your bookings, and you’ll be well on your way. With this cheaper and hassle-free experience, you’re all set to embark on your next adventure. Fakecation, coming right up!

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Cheryl Seet
Cheryl Seet

Cheryl loves the outdoors and lives for adventures no matter how big or small. When taking a break from the sun, she re-watches the Harry Potter series and spends some time on the piano or guitar. She dreams of conquering extreme thrill rides all over the world, one theme park at a time.