Nong Nooch Garden near Pattaya is the largest botanical garden in Southeast Asia. The extensive gardens cover an area of approximately 600 acres, which was originally to be used as a plantation for growing local fruits. However, they decided to turn the area into a garden to preserve certain varieties of plants and flowers, and later opened up to tourists. Here you will find a huge variety of plants and flowers in a perfectly preserved environment.
Several sections of Nong Nooch have specific themes. The almost four-acre wide French garden was inspired by the gardens of the 17th-century Palace of Versailles. In the Animal Garden you will find sculptures of camels, kangaroos, llamas, leopards and deer. Stonehenge’s garden is modeled after a famous prehistoric monument in England, and the gentle slope of Butterfly Hill is planted with many varieties of colorful, butterfly-shaped flowers. Bonsai Garden, Desert Rose Garden, Italian Garden, Orchid Garden, Cycad Valley and Bromeliad Garden are just a few of the magnificent Nong Nooch themed gardens in Pattaya.
Orchids, Palms and Cycad
Thailand is known for its beautiful orchids. In Nong Nooch Garden, you can admire over 650 varieties with a huge variety of flowers. The tropical garden also offers guests many palm trees. Currently, more than 1,100 palm varieties grow in its sections, more than anywhere else in the world. It also houses one of the largest collections of cycad varieties in the world. Cycads grow mainly in tropical environments and can live for a very long time, up to several hundred years. Unfortunately, many species of cycad are endangered.
Nong Nooch Garden partners with organizations like the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) to research and build a diverse collection of Cycads, especially the endangered species. The main goal of the reserve is to preserve these beautiful plants for future generations.
Cacti, Heliconias and Gingers
The Tropical Garden features a collection of cacti and succulents that typically grow in drier desert conditions. Although the Thai climate is too humid for these plants, the specialists of the reserve managed to grow them and created an ideal environment. A huge collection of hundreds of varieties of Heliconia and Gingerflowers is also present in the gardens. These beautiful plants that Thailand is so famous for are known for their vibrant colors. Among the islands of Thailand, Pattaya is the most attractive in this regard.
Fun at Nong Nooch Garden
Visitors can enjoy numerous activities at Nong Nooch Garden. View an exciting program of Thai cultural traditional ceremonies, including a wedding ceremony, traditional Thai dances with dancers in elegant attire, and musical performances. You can also watch demonstrations of ancient sword fighting techniques, martial arts and elephant-mounted soldiers, just like in the era of the Ayutthaya kingdom. These shows are held four times a day, namely at 10:30, 13:30, 15:30 and 16:30.
The garden tour takes you through over three kilometers of special elevated walkways, offering excellent views of the European Garden, Tropical Palm Garden, Butterfly Hill and Stonehenge Garden. Alternatively, you can book a 30-minute sightseeing tour by bus, or rent a bike.
There are several restaurants and a food court within Nong Nooch Gardens serving Thai, Western, Indian and seafood dishes. There are also several different types of accommodation available where you can stay overnight.
How to get to Nong Nooch Garden
Nong Nooch Garden is located almost 20 kilometers south of Pattaya City. You can take a special bus that goes here. The bus is a converted pickup truck with a minimum of amenities and no air conditioning. The price depends on your negotiating skills. Take a taxi if you prefer a more comfortable ride. But before you go, negotiate with the taxi driver about the price.
Opening hours and ticket prices
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is open from 8 am to 6 pm seven days a week. The ticket price for an adult is 500 baht, for children — 300 baht.