Travelling to Thailand: Santorini Park Hua Hin

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I was not keen to go to Santorini Park Hua Hin when my wife suggested it.

Based on reviews on TripAdvisor, many seemed to be disappointed with Santorini Park Hua Hin with some saying it it ‘over-hyped’.

However, my opinion did change slightly when I entered the place and I will explain why.

WHAT TO DO AT SANTORINI PARK HUA HIN

You see, Santorini Park is promoted as a replica of Santorini in Greece.

The real Santorini is at the seaside, and buildings are built in a such messy manner that it becomes unique and stunningly beautiful.

The real Santorini in Greece

Santorini Park Hua Hin does try to recreate and replicate that unique messy feature, by putting together buildings that look similar to what the original Santorini in Greece has.

However, I must admit that they had fell short trying to do so.  There also is no sea view which I think is key making Santorini in Greece popular.

I personally did find the imitation rather poor, hence the place living to the reputation it had on TripAdvisor.

What you get in Santorini Park

On a better note, Santorini Park Hua Hin does offer one free use of their many attractions, rides and interactive rooms per ticket.

We decided to go on the Ferris wheel which gave us a birds eye view of Hua Hin. The ride was totally worth it and my daughter couldn’t stop speaking about it afterwards.

There are also other rides in the park, but they do come with separate fees.

If you don’t want to pay for other attractions and rides, like the haunted house, a 3D museum, 4D X Ride, 7D Dark Ride, Pony cycle, Merry Go Round, Waterball, and many more, you are left with photo taking, which is what we did.

One of the shops in Santorini Park

If I am not mistaken, there’s also a water park in Santorini.  However, we also didn’t bother to check it out as we weren’t dressed for that.

The cost for each ride varies but they start at THB120 per ride, per person. If you go on all the rides, you will be spending more.

Aside from the rides, there’s also retail outlets and shops within Santorini Park Hua Hin.  These retail outlets do seem to have special promotion, but we didn’t bother to buy anything.

WHERE IS SANTORINI PARK & HOW TO GET TO SANTORINI PARK

Santorini Park is located slightly outside of Hua Hin, so getting here would mean you’d need to charter a ride.

The map below can be a guide to the park shall you wish to go there.  Chartering a van would be a good idea, and make sure the driver waits for you as outgoing rides can be difficult to find.

If you want to cut down on transportation to the park, you could also choose to stay at Santorini Park.

The accommodation offers free shuttle service to other local destinations like the Cicada Market and malls.

TICKET PRICES FOR SANTORINI PARK

Thai residents pay THB50 (RM6) to get into the Santorini Park Hua Hin.  Non-Thai residents pay THB150 (RM20).

I guess when considering it’s a really good place for photographs, the price is justified.

However, remember that rides in the park aren’t all free.  Most are charged at THB120 (RM16), but some are more expensive.

An option would be to book a Santorini Hua Hin tour with KLOOK as I found the package to be cheaper.

CONCLUSION

If you are with kids, I would recommend Santorini Park, but do be sure you bring enough cash to pay for the rides within the park.

I think Santorini Park Hua Hin is a one off thing and I doubt I would return to this park if I do come back to Hua Hin.

Regardless, if you can’t travel to Santorini in Greece, this is one option you should try to visit.

Tak dapat pergi yang original, yang palsu pun jadilah, kan?

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