The Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, a 500-acre botanical garden, is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Pattaya catering to its nature-loving visitors. It is said to be the biggest and the most beautiful of all botanical gardens in Southeast Asia. It is in this garden where you can see the largest variety of orchids in Thailand. It is home to over 670 local plant species, different hybrids, bonsais and palms.
But it’s not only the plants that draw visitors in the garden, the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is also famous for the traditional dance, cultural shows and the elephant shows that it hosts daily. It’s an ideal place to spend a leisurely afternoon in and it’s perfect for families.
Following are the most interesting things you can see in the gardens – the top reasons why you should consider visiting it.
The Elephant Shows. The elephant shows are held daily or you can arrange one with the management. The elephants put on a show for the tourists as they follow the orders of their trainers and handlers. Each elephant has one trainer, and often the trainers will ride the elephants while the elephants do their tricks. The elephants lift tourists up the air, walk on their hind legs, play with a ball, dance to music and many others. The elephants are also dressed in outrageous and colorful dresses for better entertainment. It’s an amazing show and one that kids will surely love seeing.
The Thai Cultural Dance Show. The Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden hosts traditional dance shows daily. They call this the “Cultural Extravaganza”. The dancers will perform traditional Thai ceremonies while dancing gracefully to a classic tune. Some cultural shows like sword-fighting, Thai kickboxing and many others are also shown daily.
The Mini Zoo. The mini zoo has many friendly animals. Tourists are allowed to touch some of the animals and photograph-taking is also ok. There are different species of birds, monkeys, fishes and other wild animals including tigers. Speaking of zoo, if you happen to visit Tagaytay in the Philippines, stop by at Paradizoo.
The Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden features a well-kept garden with many palm trees and flowers around. It has the largest collection of common and rare orchids. The orchids are used for both aesthetic and research purposes. There are also many kinds of flowers and ornamental plants.
In addition, you will also see the following:
- The Fountain Garden
- French Garden
- Wrightia Religiosa Garden
- European Garden
- Rock Garden
- Clay Pot Garden
- Thai Topiary Garden
- Bougainvillea Garden
- Stonehenge Garden
- Bromeliad House
- Bonsai Collection
- Butterfly House
- Butterfly Hill
- Antique Hall
- Man-made Waterfalls
- Flower Hill
The Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a great way to spend time with your kids and family. If you’re the kind who can appreciate flora and the peace of a beautiful garden, the place will leave a lasting impression on you, especially with the other attractions it offers. The elephant show, for example, is an exhilarating experience, particularly for people who live in the city and who rarely see an elephant. Visit the garden and experience the splendor of Thais’ culture.