The Nong Nooch Garden and Resort in Pattaya Thailand, is a world class botanical gardens and resort which is located approximately 165 kilometres southeast of Bangkok. Set out over an area of some 500 acres these stunning gardens include the world's largest collection of Palms and Cycad's and the largest variety of Orchids (i.e. over 650 species) to be found anywhere in Thailand.
However, the land upon which these gardens were built was originally acquired back in 1954 by a Mrs Nongnooch Tansacha and Mr Pisit to establish a large fruit orchard.
While traveling abroad Mrs Tansacha was apparently so inspired by the beauty of a number the world's most prestigious gardens that she decided to create a garden of her very own in Thailand to rival the world's best.
Thus, a number of years later in 1980, Suan (i.e which means garden) Nong Nooch became a reality and was officially opened to the public; being named in honor of its founder, Mrs Tansacha.
Today, these botanical gardens (which attracts over 2,00 visitors each day) have developed to incorporate a number of breathtakingly beautiful European styled gardens. Within these individual gardens numerous species of flowers, plants, tress and shrubs are showcased such as palms (of which there are over 1,100 species), bonsai and cactus. These European styled gardens include:
The landscaped gardens are of such beauty that the term 'picture perfect' definitely applies here.
These now established gardens resemble a kind of tropical paradise and are recognised as being among the most beautiful botanical gardens in southeast Asia. However, more than just being a botanical garden, Nong Nooch also incorporates a number of activities normally associated with fun theme parks.
While on the subject of fun, the city of Pattaya has been working hard during the past couple of years trying to change its image from that of a red light party district to one of a family friendly holiday town. With attractions such as the botanical gardens, the Pattaya Teddy Bear Museum and the Pattaya Crocodile Farm operating, it is possible that change may be on the way in Pattaya.
Those visiting Nong Nooch will be pleased to know that the site also includes a lakeside resort with luxury rooms and villa's for those who wish to spend more than just a day among these breathtakingly gorgeous landscaped gardens. The resort also has an antiques hall which has several personal items that the founders of Nong Nooch have collected over the years such as buddhist statues and jewelry.
In addition, there are also two restaurants, a swimming pool, cycling tracks, animal attractions (including a mini zoo), a sideshow, children's playgrounds, and a sports car show. There are also elements of Thai Culture on display here such as Muang Thai boxing, Thai dance, along with elephant shows (see image below) to keep each of the family amused. These shows occur several times a day.
The Nong Nooch Garden and Resort is is located approximately 20 kilometres from Pattaya town at 34/1 Moo 7 Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Chonburi, 20150 Thailand.
The best way to travel there is by taking a taxi from Pattaya town. Gates open daily between 8 AM and 6 PM and admission is 400 Thai baht for adults and 200 Thai baht for children.
The best way to travel to Pattaya is by taking an air-conditioned bus from the Bangkok Ekkamai Bus Terminal (or Suvarnabhumi International Airport) as there is no airport located in Pattaya (the nearest is the U-Tapao International Airport which is located in the town of Sattahip which is 45 minutes away).