Pattaya is famed around the world for being the entertainment capital of Thailand. The seaside resort is jam packed with attractions, restaurants, bars, hotels, swanky condominiums, water parks and the list goes on and on. As well as the aforementioned, some of the attractions located on this part of the Eastern Seaboard are of world class quality, and standing head and shoulders above them all is Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens. Not just budding horticulturists are attracted to this famous attraction, the entire 500 acre site is more like a theme park than a Botanic Garden, and people of all ages and from all walks of life flock to see what it is all about. There are daily shows for all the family including; paddle boats, the feeding arapaima, elephant riding, traditional Thai drummers, various animal kingdoms, sky walk and the Nong Nooch cultural hall theater.
The main attraction of course are the wonderful themed gardens, and a leisurely stroll around the park is like taking a journey around the world. The different areas highlight different themes and plants, ranging from; The French, Italian, Stonehenge, Mammoth, Flamingo, Heart, Riverside, Sansevieria gardens and many more beside. Due to its extensive landscape, it will be hard to hit all of the attractions in one day by walking, a good idea is to rents a bicycle and explore at your own pace. One of the favourite attractions is the orchid nurseries which house more than 650 native species and hybrids all located in one space. On a serious horticultural note, Nong Nooch is also a major scientific center dedicated to cycads, with its own Cycad Gene-Bank. The cactus and succulent plants garden is another favourite with visitors, both at a botanical level and purely as an enjoyable, exotic experience. The skywalk is a must when visiting Nong Nooch, it is over 1km long and elevated above the topiary garden, European garden, tropical palm garden, butterfly hill and Stonehenge. If you are lucky enough you might just be visiting Nong Nooch during one of its many event days. The festival days are for many different reasons and celebrate many diverse occasions. Past events have included; Mahasongkran Festival, Chinese New Year, Children’s Day, Labor Day, Heineken Green Room festival, and other important celebratory days.