Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a 500-acre (over 2 square kilometres) botanical garden and tourist attraction in Pattaya that is famed for its themed gardens such as the 17th century French Garden and the European Renaissance garden.
When I added it into our Pattaya itinerary, V was so puzzled and he asked me repeatedly if I’m 100% sure that I want to go. To him, I’m not that kind of person who would enjoy walking around the garden – especially if it’s outdoor and under the hot sun.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is ranked #2 on Trip Advisor Things to do in Pattaya. From the various travel guides that I’ve read, I’m convinced that the garden is breath-taking and worth checking out. So, I thought we should not miss it too. And I’ll prep myself with lots of sun-block, cap and even umbrella, if need to.
We hired a private car to fetch us from Laem ChaBang port (where our cruise docked) for a one-day tour in Pattaya. Our first destination was Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden. We wanted to reach there early before the weather turned unbearably hot. The journey took an hour as the traffic was quite slow.
Walk-in admission fees (excluding elephant show + ride) are priced at 500 Baht (~S$20) for adult and 300 Baht (~S$12) for child. There are various package prices available with add-ons such as Thai Cultural Show, Elephant Show, Elephant Riding and Buffet Lunch. As we didn’t intend to stay for long, we just got ourselves the basic admission tickets.
The first thing that captured my attention was the massive amount of sculptures of animals and insects in the garden. At first, I thought it was a bit weird but apparently Edison was fascinated with them that he went around taking pictures using his camera phone.
Not far from the entrance, there’s also a food court that serves delicious local food. It’s amazingly cheap too. We had yummy glass noodles beef soup at just 50 Baht (S$2 only!).
As we ventured deeper into the botanical garden, we were greeted by an incredible sight of garden landscape. This is the Butterfly Hill where you can see a huge amount of colourful flowers that resemble the colour pattern of a butterfly wing.