Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and Resort in Pattaya
No matter how alluring the sands of Pattaya and Jomtien can be, eventually the busy life that sometimes accompanies that pleasure can be enough to drive even the sanest of farang tourists crazy. Thankfully, refuge comes in many different forms around the area. One of those is the beautiful grounds of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and Resort.
Located about 18 kilometers south of Pattaya, off Sukhumvit Road on the way to Sattatip. Nong Nooch is a 1500 rai tropical paradise with several beautiful flowered gardens, exotic wildlife and classic Thai architecture. The size and diversity of activities at the site make calling it a tropical garden a bit of an understatement, however. ''Park'' is a much more suitable word, especially with the addition of the resort hotel development for that special holiday break.
For an admittance fee of around 200 baht, visitor can wander the grounds at their own place taking in the many colours and aromas of the serene gardens, the zoo, butterfly room and other attractions throughout the park. Some of the bigger gardens offer relief from the sun by way of marvelous temple style building. It should be noted that the gardens upkeep is so meticulous that viewing them almost seems as if you are looking at paintings instead of a real landscape.
Constantly adding new attractions such as the fascinating hanging gardens, one must not forget the old favorites such as the wonderful lush gardens with three top walkways, a beautiful orchid houses, exquisite French Baroque style gardens, even an excellent copy of Stonehenge to admire.
The park also offer the quiet confines of a small lake allowing visitors to relax on this shady shores and club their hanger at a shore-side buffet and the many eateries around the gardens.
While serene landscapes and noiseless escapes could be seen as the main attraction of the park, it would be impossible to talk about Nong Nooch without bringing up its largest, if not most important employees-the elephant.
Over two dozen of the sacred Thai mammals are on hand at Nong Nooch, taking part in two different show at the park. The first show in Thai culture show of martial arts fighters, dancers and musicians displaying in the many beautiful colours, sound and dance of Thailand.
Elephant take part in the climax of the performance, which is a historical re-enactment of the battle between the Kingdom of Siam and Burma. After the hour long indoor performance, guests are led to an outdoor arena where the elephant take main stage, much to delight of the visitors. Dozen the elephants show their different talents including: dart throwing, bowling, basketball, soccer, dancing and even painting.
Visitors even get the chance to interact with the elephants as they come not only close enough to touch, but close enough to feed. Guests have the opportunity to feed them bananas, which are on sale throughout the duration of the performance for 20 Baht a bundle. Needless to say, it's all smiles and laughs when the elephant take their last bow.
Whether you seek serenity, or the excitement of elephant and Thai cultures, it's all available at Nong Nooch. Gift shops, food stalls and even a massage parlor are on the site to suit as many of your desires as possible. Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens is a great way to spend a memorable day.
Nong Nooch has 4 shows daily and is open daily from 08.00am-06.00pm.
For more information on prices and show times call Tel. +66 (0) 3870 9358-61, (0) 3823 8158
Visit the website at www.nongnoochtropicalgardens.com