It’s quite a distance from the city center. A cab ride will likely cost you 250 baht and take 45 minutes before arriving in this much-touted “European-inspired Village”. If you ask me though, it looks more American to me (except for the windmill) and felt more “Disneyland”.
Even the music reminded me of “that happy place”. What with “It’s a Small World” piped in all over the compound. There are no admission fees because this is really no Amusement or Theme Park. Rather, it’s a restaurant village surrounded by lovely man-made ponds, lighthouse, dainty bridges and boardwalks, mini-harbor, gardens and whatever looks what young ‘uns call “instagrammable”.
We had a dinner party elsewhere to attend that day and since Chocolate Ville opens at 4pm, we simply didn’t have the chance to check out any of the indoor and outdoor dining places. We did try the doughnuts from the carts though. Not bad, but we wanted some frozen delights. We searched for an ice cream bar but found none. That could have been a hit with the elves considering the summer heat the day we went.
There were many locals and tourists as well. The restaurants offered a variety of Thai, European and American cuisine. But no ice cream bar 😭 I do suspect many visitors were out there just for photo ops. Like us 😁. Well the place sure looks pretty but I have yet to hear of a visitor raving about the food. A pity. Still — the place makes for a great venue for kiddie parties, corporate affairs or birthday celebrations.
For sure, Chocolate Ville involved huge investments. And I bet it demands high maintenance too! It would be nice if visitors especially the locals would find good reasons to keep coming back. Photo ops are good for first visits mostly whereas dining presents opportunities to attract repeat visits. It would also help to find other activities here.
Or maybe the place is really a night place; hence the 4pm opening. Perhaps the mood changes by nightfall. Hard to imagine it while I was there with Disney music playing and in the sweltering heat. Too hot to enjoy the place, more so to dine outdoors under the sun. Not that we didn’t have fun. But it could have been better. I’d give it a next time though. Perhaps a pizza and beer dinner in cooler months. But not in summer with the kids.
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