Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
In 1954, Mr. Pisit and Mrs. Nongnooch Tansacha bought 1,500 rai (approximately 600 acres) of rolling hills and valleys between Pattaya-Sattahip at the 163-kilometer marker on Sukhumvit road in Najomtien, Sattahip, Pattaya in Chonburi Province. The newly purchased land was anticipated to become a fruit plantation of mangoes, oranges, and coconuts as well as many other local fruits.
During her trip abroad, Mrs. Nongnooch was inspired by the beauty of world renowned gardens and decided to turn the fruit orchard into a tropical garden of ornamental flowers and plants. The garden was later transformed into a tourist attraction fully equipped with accommodation, a swimming pool, restaurants, and banquet and seminar halls for the visitor’s convenience.
Nongnooch Garden opened to the public in 1980, and added to the garden was a daily Thai cultural show and elephant show within the theater. Three years later, the garden management was handed over to her son, Mr. Kampon Tansacha, and today is one of the most popular attractions of Thailand as well as a center of world botanical significant under the concept “a garden for all people of this world.”
Presently, Nongnooch Garden is a very popular tourist attraction with an area of over 1, 700 rai welcoming visitors from all over the world. More than 5,000 people visit each day, and the garden has also been recognized as one of the top ten most beautiful gardens in the world. It is rated highly by global websites and has received numerous honors and awards including as the following.
In 1996-1997, Nongnooch Garden expanded its space to store water to provide adequate usage increases. The dredging of the lake is started to grow to be larger and deeper, and the garden got an enormous amount of soil. From the very beginning, it used lands to grow the sunflower until Mr. Kampon Tansacha came up with the ideas landscaping of Versailles Palace in France, he began to create this garden. It took nearly two years. This garden opened to the public in 1998. Later on, the garden is decorated with numerous architectures to increase its beauty, such as Pagoda. Moreover, it also put ornamental plants, colorful trees as well as inserts red telephone from England.
The first garden that Mrs. Nongnooch, the founder of Nongnooch Garden, created with inspiration from her European travels. Later, Mr. Kampon Tansacha brought the marble statues from Italy, and decorated the garden as well as combined with other plants.
Mr. Kampon Tansacha, the Director of Nongnooch Garden, brought stones from Prachin Buri. The stones have square shapes similar to Stonehenge in England. It has been arranged in a circle, and it surrounded by numerous flowering plants to create beauty. This garden was built and completed in 2000. Most importantly, Mrs. Nongnooch Tansacha was engraved on the stones as “At This place, Nongnooch Tansacha wanted to create a center for future generations to learn and develop the future (1st January 2000).
An ornamental garden filled with significant amounts of colorful flowers. It resembles the color patterns of butterfly wings. It is also adorned with stucco sculptures of animals, such as lion, mini pigs, orangutan, saber tooth tiger, donkey, and snow goat.
BROMELIAD DISPLAY GARDEN
Enjoy the beauty of a wide variety of hybrids and species of Bromeliads, such as Guzmania, Vriesea, Neoregelia. Mr. Kampon Tansacha, the Director of Nongnooch Garden, imported Tillandsia. Currently, Nongnooch Garden has more than 350 Bromeliad species.
The mammoth sculpture is perfectly arranged and well set around the garden. It is also interspersed with ornamental plants, such as adenium, streblus asper (Koy) in different forms that are waiting for tourists to enjoy its beauty.
An area for attractions and recreational activities surrounded by animal sculptures, such as flamingo, rhino, hippo, polar bear, and buffalo.
The Four towers were built in 2005, and it reflects the different architecture from our neighboring countries such as Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Thailand.
A man-made waterfall surrounded by large trees in a peaceful setting and the tourists may relax when they come to visit.
FLOWER DISPLAY GARDEN AND SUSPENSION BRIDGE
It is a garden showcasing a variety of seasonal flowering plants, and it has a bridge between the floral garden and cactus garden. On the path to these gardens has many animal sculptures decorating along the way, such as white tiger, zebra, snow owls, lemur, and kangaroo.
Mr. Kampon Tansacha loves speed and is interested in driving cars, and the tourists also like to see the cars when they come to visit the garden. This was his inspiration to collect a variety of fantastic cars. Currently, there are more than 60 cars.
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