A trip to Nong Nooch gardens makes for an excellent half-day or full-day excursion for those staying in the nearby beach resort of Pattaya. With its scenic setting, the family-friendly Nong Nooch tropical gardens have enough attractions to keep visitors of all ages happy. The Thai cultural and elephant show can be cheesy or fun depending on your point of view, but the star attractions at Nong Nooch are the beautiful plant and flower displays put together by the award-winning Nong Nooch team.
In 1954, a couple named Mr Pisit Tansacha and Mrs Nongnooch Tansacha bought some land (approximately 600 acres) with the idea of turning it into a fruit plantation. However, Khun Nongnooch had a change of heart following an overseas trip where she was said to be inspired by the various flower gardens she saw and instead started to develop her own land in Thailand as a tropical garden with ornamental flowers and plants. Known in Thai as ‘Suan Nong Nooch’ (suan means garden), the gardens were formally opened to the public in 1980. Khun Nongnooch helped with the design and layouts of the gardens which bear her name, but management has since been handed over to her son, Kampon Tansacha. Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens pride themselves on their work in the fields of research, education and conservation and they were recently awarded their fourth gold medal in as many years for their displays at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in London.
There is certainly a lot to see at Nong Nooch with a range of themed gardens including the Roman Garden, the French Garden and the Cactus Garden as well as the largest variety of orchids in Thailand and what is claimed to be the world’s largest palm collection. The formal arrangements of plants are complemented by some quirky displays like the giant metal ants and the representation of ancient Stonehenge. Nong Nooch has been designed to appeal to people of all ages and there is plenty going on to keep the children entertained with a mini petting zoo (goats, rabbits and other small animals), a butterfly enclosure, reptile display, pedal boats on the lake and the chance to feed the fish. Elephant rides are offered at an additional cost.
Presently, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Resort is well known to those who want to take in an impressive Thai Cultural Show and find the biggest and most beautiful botanical garden in Southeast Asia. More than 2,000 visitors from around the world visit our garden daily for their enjoyment. At Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, we’re always developing and improving the beautification process in order for the garden to look as it does today. Nong Nooch garden is also dedicated to education, preservation, research as well as the conservation of its vast palm collection and other tropical plants.