The Most Beautiful Botanical Garden in SE Asia
01.06.2011 - 01.06.2011 34 °C
If you are over Pattaya Chonburi way you should take the time to visit Nong Nooch Garden (pronounced "Noot"). It is well known for its impressive Elephant and Thai Cultural Shows, along with what many believe is the biggest and most beautiful botanical garden in SE Asia. Our guide from the concierge company, Thailand International Tours said it is based on Kew Gardens in London, and having been there also, I can see some comparisons, although Nong Nooch definitely has its own feel and style.
Nong Nooch garden is approximately 15km south of Pattaya, and we were lucky enough to have a driver from Thailand International Tours to pick us up, wait for us, and one of their guides to show us around all day. The garden is constantly changing and being developed, creating new interest for locals and tourists alike. One of the great things I leant about the Nong Nooch garden is that it is dedicated to education, preservation and research as well as the conservation of the world’s largest palm collection, the largest variety of Orchids in Thailand and other tropical flora and fauna.
I am not familiar with the names of the flowers and plants on display, but I think the majority of people would be extremely impressed with the way colours and textures are laid out, and complement each other.
We also came across a small wildlife section, which was also very well enjoyed by everyone I saw around that part. We even came some classic cars on show, mostly old British motors, namely Morgan, Lotus, Mini, and Austin Heeleys.
It is well worth a visit for an afternoon with the family or a loved one, or even alone to just take in the relaxing environment. It is an experience you will never forget. Just make sure you take plenty of photographs!! My wife and I, thanks to digital camera technology must have taken 3 – 400 in our day.
Many thanks must go to Ning, our guide from Thailand International Tours who was very knowledgeable about Nong Nooch, had pretty good English language skills, and was a great pleasure the whole day.