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Fantasy World, Lemery, Batangas 2023 DIY Travel Guide

Fantasy World could have been the Disneyland of the Philippines as a lot of people would say. It truly has a vast land area with fascinating Bavarian castle, wide gardens and various rides put up around which were never in motion yet remained dainty. The solitary gates and the castle are an effortless head turner as these stand tall and in bright colors along the highway past the greens and ranges of Lemery.I have passed by this castle countless time but never have I ever thought of visiting it. I would always and only admire it from afar; all my childhood daydreams of becoming a princess coming back to me all at once. All I ever knew about it was it was once a the shooting location for a local fictional Philippine television series called Majika. Sure it was festive with resounding music all over the place, full of vibrant colors and royal bloods walking around – opposite of how it is in reality.

Take note that Fantasy World is still CLOSED. You can drop by but only for picture taking purposes outside.

About Fantasy World

The colors of the castle show a harmony of aesthetics and old age
Rumor has it that the Japanese owner of the Fantasy World in Lemery, Batangas declared bankruptcy; thus, an unfinished project. Now, a Chinese realtor and businessmen named Emilio Ching (as named by one of the staff) took over but never did plans of getting it done and fully operational have been laid nor heard. Regardless, it has still become one of the frequently visited attractions in the town and the province itself since it is still open; accommodating guests on a day tour. Also, it is just some two hours away from the metro and is surrounded by different towns that are also tourist magnets.
Fantasy World is open on Mondays to Sundays. It is open to everyone from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Of course, if you would want the place to yourselves, the best time to visit is on weekdays. The place can be visited all year round but best would be around January to March and September to December  as it is windy and cool yet dry in the place in these months; thus, an ideal time to be running, sitting and walking around.

Inside peeling and fading paint of the facade is a well-maintained room for one’s spiritual or meditation needs
A beauty through the test of time

Entrance Fees

Before, they would collect a fee of Php 1,000.00 for the entrance that is good for up to ten people. But maybe due to the surge of tourists coming in to experience it, they would collect an amount of Php 100.00 per head as the entrance fee as of December 2019. Senior citizens are to pay Php 80.00.
View from the stairs leading to the tree house

Things to Do in Fantasy World

1. Take photos as much as you want

There are lots of spots in the place that are quite a good background for photos. A lot would visit it for its Instagram-worthiness. The good thing about it is that the management do not collect separate fees for the photo shoots.  So go ahead and bring your best dresses and get ups and take photos as much as you want.
It was not really in our plans to get in here so I was not ready at all for a shoot so lol

2. Cross the hanging bridge by the tree houses

One of the interesting spots in the theme park are the tree houses connected by a hanging bridge. It is among the spots that offers a good and wide view of the whole place. Kids are allowed to go up but should be with an accompanying adult. This view is ahead of the long, winding and partially dark ravine.
Twas short and sweet! If you are scared of heights, this may be a little frightening but the experience is great!
Inside the tree house

3. Walk around the Garden maze

One of the few things that can be done in the place is walking around the maze garden. The maze is made up of seven to eight feet-tall walls of young bamboo I reckon. Be reminded that it gets muddy in the maze on rainy days.
View of the garden maze from the stairs leading to the tree house

4. Wear the royal costumes

One of the towers surrounding the courtyard has the throne where you can actually feel like a royal blood in character. Costumes can be rented and the rate starts at Php 50.00 for each person. They would also let a group experience this for only Php 300.00. Wigs, gowns, capes and others are available for picture taking.

5. Light Snack

There are light snacks for sale at one of the towers near the courtyard such as chocolate bars, bottled water and sticks and cups of ice cream sold inside. Outside food and drinks are not allowed. The guards at the gate check the bags for these and for other items that are not allowed inside.

Setting Expectations

1. Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the theme park. You can have picnic at the parking area, though.
2. Pets are allowed inside given that they are on a leash, they wear diapers or the owners will clean up their dungs.
3. All of the rides are not operating. Visitors are not also allowed to sit nor get into it.
4. It gets really crowded on weekdays and holidays. So, if you’re planning for a photo shoot for, the best time to visit the place is on weekdays.
5. Parking space is wide enough and could even accommodate buses. There is a parking fee of Php 20.00.
6. The management does not accommodate tourists overnight. There are also no nearby hotels or inns. Nearest you can get are the ones in Tagaytay City, Taal, Lipa or Lemery town proper.

Will we ever go ’round?

This is one of the many rides that do not operate inside the Fantasy World
Vibrant yet only in display
This is one of the many rides that do not operate inside the Fantasy World

How to Get There

It is easy to commute and travel to Fantasy World in Lemery, Batagas. It’s just that, this may entail a lot of waiting for the public rides to be full of passengers especially the jeepneys which actually take a lot of time.

Commute From Manila

1. From Pasay or Buendia, take a bus bound for Lemery, Batangas. Fare is around Php 175.00 to Php 180.00.
2. Alight at the terminal (near Xentro Mall Lemery).
3. Take a tricycle going to Lemery town proper. Tell the driver to drop you where the passenger jeepney bound for Nasugbu Boundary are parked.
Note: You may also take the van bound for Alabang via Tagaytay City or Sta. Rosa. Tell the driver to just drop you off Fantasy World.
4. Take the jeepney going to Nasugbu Boundary.
5. Alight at Fantasy World.
1. From Pasay or Buendia, take a bus bound for Nasugbu, Calatagan, Lian.  Alight at the jeepney parking at Nasugbu Boundary.
2. Take the jeepney going to Lemery.
3. Alight at Fantasy World.

Commute from Tagaytay City

1. Take a jeepney or bus bound for Nasugbu. Alight at Nasugbu boundary.
2. Cross the road and go to the jeepney terminal. Get into the one that goes to Lemery.
3. Tell the driver to drop you off Fantasy World.

Sample Itinerary from Tagaytay City

Since there is not much to do inside Fantasy World, this can be a part of a day trip in the nearby towns such as Lipa, Taal, Batangas or Tagaytay City. Below is a sample Day Tour itinerary.
5:00 AM – Departure from Buendia
7:00 AM – Expected time of Arrival at Tagaytay City/ Breakfast
8:00 AM – Travel around Tagaytay City
You may choose few among the following places to visit and things to do in Tagaytay City:
1. Sky Ranch Tagaytay
2. People’s Park in the Sky
3. Dreamland Cafe
4. Ukay Ukay (Thrift Shop) haul at Olivarez Plaza
5. Bulalo experience
6. Our Lady of  Lourdes Parish Church
Places near Tagaytay City: 
1. Ginger Bread House
2. Reptiland
3. Caleruega Church
4. Chapel on the Hill
5. Residence Inn
12:00 NN – Lunch
2:00 PM – Depart for Fantasy Land
2:30 PM – Expected Time of Arrival
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM – Picture taking and Roaming around
5:00 PM – Home Bound

Sample Alternative Itinerary (with Lipa or Taal, Batangas)

5:00 AM – Departure from Buendia
7:00 AM – Expected time of Arrival at Lipa or Lemery/ Breakfast
8:00 AM – Travel around Lipa or Taal, Batangas
1. Read places to visit, where to eat and things to do in Lipa, Batangas here.
2. Read paces to visit and things to do in Taal, Batangas here.
12:00 NN – Lunch
2:00 PM – Depart for Fantasy Land
2:30 PM – Expected Time of Arrival
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM – Picture taking and Roaming around
5:00 PM – Home Bound

Anne Elizabeth Gumiran, also known as Queenie, is a 20-something, full-time public school teacher, a part-time travel blogger and a freediver. She started putting her stories of adventures and misadventures into words and pictures in 2017 and continues to do so as she shares her advocacy, Sustainable Traveling.


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