Thailand is home to over 1,300 documented species of orchids. Some of these are ones that actually do occur in the wild while some are crosses between two genera. Because Thailand has an ideal growing climate for orchids, it’s also the largest exporter in the world of tropical blooms, and is second only to the Netherlands on temperate species. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to Netherlands to see a species coming from either of these two kinds. At the Siriporn Orchid Farm, a few minutes away from Pattaya, you’ll find a profusion of differently colored, intricately shaped orchids of varying sizes.
Stunning orchids of different species such as the Cattleya, Vanda, Daedrovium, Escosanda, Pompadours, Mokara, Oncidium, Aranthera, Aranda, Arachnis, Renanthera, Ascocenda, Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilum and many others can be found in the farm. For the lovers of this exotic flora, being surrounded by so many colors from soft pinks and pale blues to bright yellows and dark reds is like a magical experience. For the others who are only moderately fascinated with flowers, they still might find the farm interesting. When you visit, you will have the chance to:
- observe growing orchids. The Siriporn Orchid Farm is owned by a Thai local, Mrs. Siriporn Pongsang. It is one of the few orchid farms in Pattaya that’s open to the public. Visit the farm and see how different kinds of orchids grow. You will be taken on a tour of the garden where you’ll also have the chance to photograph the flowers.
- see rare species of orchids. Thailand has the most unique and wild species of orchids that some people try to get rich off by stealing and smuggling the blooms out of the country. A strict regulation on trade and export of orchids has been enacted because of this. Furthermore, any new orchid discovery is immediately recorded, documented and reported to authorities.
At the Siriporn Orchid Farm, you will not only learn more about this, but you’ll also get to see those rare species that some people have not even seen yet!
- to grow your own orchid garden. The farm offers cuts and pots of orchids and other plants that you can purchase to plant at home. Most visitors buy some to decorate their homes with the plants. Take your pick from the many arrays of orchids for sale. If you have a green thumb, you might even grow your own farm yourself!
Opening Hours: The farm is open from 8 AM to 5 PM every day. An admission fee is required to enter the premises.
How to get there: The official address of Siriporn Orchid Farm is 235/14 Moo 5, Tambon Nong Prue. To get there, from Sukhumvit Road, turn left at the traffic light intersection in Central Pattaya to Soi Nern Plub Wan. Go straight ahead for about 500 meters. Along the road, you’ll see road signs pointing to the Siriporn Orchid Farm. The farm is on the right side of the road.