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12 June 2006 :: 14:06:50 pm 21661

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

At Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden besides its fame as the biggest and the most beautiful botanical garden in Southeast Asia, you will experience various kinds of fascinating and impressive Thai cultural and traditional dance shows. Elephant Show and Mini Zoo are also provided.
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History
In 1954 Mr.Pisit and Mrs. Nongnooch Tansacha bought 1500 rais (approximately 600 acres) of rolling hills and valleys at kilometer marker 163 on Sukhumvit road in Chonburi province. The newly purchased land was anticipated to become a fruit plantation filled with mangoes, oranges, coconuts as well as many other local fruits. But as fate may have it, Mrs. Nongnooch during her trip abroad, was inspired by the beauty of the world-renowned gardens and decided to turn the fruit orchard into a tropical garden of ornamental flowers and plants. At first meant for botanical conservation, the garden was later turned into a tourist attraction fully equipped with Thai style houses, cottages, villas, seminar halls, banquet halls, swimming pool, restaurants as well as other facilities constructed for tourist‘s convenience.

Opened to the public in 1980, the garden was named “ Suan Nong Nooch ” in honor of Mrs. Nongnooch, as the word “Suan” means garden. In addition to continuing on her life‘s work of the garden, Mrs. Noongnooch spends her time between Bangkok and the orchard in Chieng-rai as well as Nong Nooch camping resort in Prachinburi province, which made its debut in 2001. In order to maintain the gardens, management was than handed over to her son, Mr. Kampon Tansacha.

Presently, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Resort is well known to those who want to take in an impressive Thai Cultural Show and find the biggest and most beautiful botanical garden in Southeast Asia. More than 2,000 visitors from around the world visit our garden daily for their enjoyment. At Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, we‘re always developing and improving the beautification process in order for the garden to look as it does today. Nong Nooch garden is also dedicated to education, preservation, research as well as the conservation of its vast palm collection and other tropical plants.

The largest variety of Orchids in Thailand, more than 670 native species and   hybrids are kept here for planting and research purposes.

The Fountain Garden another beautiful place worth picturing. Wrightia Religiosa Garden one of the most popular plants in Thailand. Bromeliad House see the beauty of either fascinating flowers or fantastically colourful leaves of more than 300 species from worldwide.Clay Pot Garden Display constructed in 1998 was designed and produced by Nong Nooch Garden.Man-made Waterfalls perfectly complements the natural surroundings.

Thai Topiary Garden hand trimmed into different shapes, showing the artistic ability of the ardeners.Bougainvillea Garden making the landscape colourful. Flower Hill see a wide variety of tropical flowers.European Garden a “European” style garden completed with statues. Bon-Sai Collection a vast collection of Bon-Sai, ranging from small to large size.

Rock Garden a collection of large rocks arranged together in harmony with varieties of plants.Stonehenge see the stone circle imitating those from the Stonehenge in U.K. Cactus and Succulent Garden see more than 300 species from worldwide.Canna Garden see the colourful Canna collection from Thailand and worldwide

Butterfly Housewalk through to observe closely the life cycle of exotic species of butterflies from worldwide.
Butterfly Hill beautifully designed and created out of fifty thousand flowers and ornamental plants.

Mini Zoo see closely and take photos with animals such as gibbons, monkeys, birds, tigers, as well as other hard-to-find animals.

Antique Hall a miniature museum where some of Tansacha’s family belongings are kept. Items include antique jewellery, Buddha image statues, personal possessions as well as other objects of arts over one hundred years old.

Plubpleung Restaurant
Plubpleung Restaurant is located at the front of the fountain garden surrounded by a variety of beautiful flowers and exotic ornamental plants.Serving a wide range of international food from a fine selection of Thai cuisine,delicious Chinese and European food, The place is open from 07.00 -18.00 hours

Plubpleung terrace is an extended area to enjoy viewing lake scenery under the shade of trees.

Vivat Kitchen
Right in front of Butterfly Hill, visitors will find Vivat Kitchen set amongst a mosaic of colourful hedges decoratively arranged in a formal garden enclosing the area. We serve tasty Northeastern Thai style food and Thai traditional cuisine.

Coffee Corner
A little cozy café with an intimate style, where you can enjoy sitting and relaxing in a pleasant atmosphere. This fine Coffee Corner provides superb & rich aromatic coffees, drinks, and refreshments.

Cattaleya Restaurant
It is a huge restaurant that can accommodate up to 800 people. This restaurant suits a big international tourist group or Thai tourist group.
A set menu or buffet can be arranged to suit your taste.

Seminar Facilities
Lakeside seminar building ‘Nantha Hall‘ can cater for 200-300 participants with full facilities, including modern meeting equipment, accommodation, banquet and recreational programmes.

For more information please contact:
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Head Office
Tel. 038-709 358-61, 038-238 158 Fax. 038-238 160

Bangkok office
Tel. 02-252-1786, 02-251-2161
Fax. 02-252-9975

Pattaya office
Tel. 038-429 321, 038-425 748
Fax. 038-422 958

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