Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Pattaya

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.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

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.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

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.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical GardenThe Butterfly Hill

Swiss Sheep Farm Pattaya Thailand

During our cruise vacation on Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas last week, we had two days stay at Laem ChaBang, Thailand. So, we visited Pattaya which is about 45 mins drive away. Among the few places in our itinerary, Swiss Sheep Farm Pattaya is the one that we enjoyed most.

Personally, I find that Swiss Sheep Farm Pattaya is a combination of pseudo-European sightseeing attraction and animal farm. Everything is done SO beautifully and the tickets are inexpensive. Only 180 Baht for adult (~S$7.20) and 150 Baht for child (~S$6.00).

Swiss Sheep Farm

The entrance ticket also includes sheep feeding activities. Basically, every visitor will be given a handful of grasses to feed the sheep. Additional animal food, i.e. milk for the baby sheep, carrots for the horses and alpaca, etc. can be purchased at a small token of 20 Baht.

Swiss Sheep Farm Ticket

Swiss Sheep Farm Pattaya

For a city boy like Edison, animal feeding is always a thrill. This time, he gets to bottle-feed the baby sheep (his first time!) and he was extremely excited. Additionally, he also get to see alpacas that are as tall as a human adult and farm animals roaming around freely in the farm.

Swiss Sheep Farm

I’ve recorded two short videos of him feeding the animals. =)

Overall, Swiss Sheep Farm Pattaya is a great place to visit. It’s beautiful, clean and well-maintained. The farm is not very big, we spent slightly more than an hour here. Most of the areas are outdoor, but there are sufficient sheltered areas for visitors to take a shield from the blazing sun. Yup, the weather was SO hot and it reminded me of summer in Kaohsiung.

Here are some pictures taken at the farm. If you’re visiting Pattaya with kids, I’d recommend Swiss Sheep Farm to you. I’m sure your kids will enjoy the animal farm too!

Swiss Sheep Farm

Swiss Sheep Farm