March 22, 2013

Nong Nooch Botanical Garden and Resort, Pattaya



On the last day of the Marianos' trip to Thailand, we rented a van and drove to Pattaya to visit NongNooch Botanical Garden and Resort. Pattaya is  a two-hour drive from Bangkok. Entrance ticket to the garden is Thai Baht 500 each ($16).

Nong Nooch  boasts being the biggest and most beautiful botanical garden in South East Asia. I have no vivid recollection of my trip to Singapore's Botanical Garden in 2001 so comparing the two won't do any justice. I have been to Nongnooch three times in the past. The garden is constantly developing. They always have something new to offer.

You can find  wide varieties of gardens such as Asian garden, cactus garden, orchid garden and Roman garden. You can explore the garden at your leisure by foot or tram. If I remember it correctly, the ticket for tram ride is Thai Baht 100.













Roman Garden

Stonehenge










A closer shot of Stonehenge




For me, the best part of the trip was the elephant show. I couldn't get enough of it.

Elephant giving tourists a massage


Taking a picture with the elephant doesn't come for free. Jen paid Thai Baht 100 for the shot.


The elephants and their trainers


Elephants popping the balloons using darts


Cycling elephants


Elephants' painting is sold at Thai Baht 400 a piece

Elephants playing basketball


Elephants dancing to Gangnam Style


 Visitors can ride the elephant for Thai Baht 400/person  for 20 minutes. Yeah, that's how expensive it is.


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