Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and Cultural Village is a huge attraction for the whole family to enjoy. You could quite easily spend the whole day here exploring this enormous recreational park with its stunning manicured gardens. Here you'll get to see a huge variety of plants including some rare and exotic Palms, Cyclades, Bonsai Trees, Cactus and Orchids. Most of these plants are brought in from all over the world.
You can enjoy traditional Thai dance performances at the cultural extravaganza show presented on the premises three times daily. These shows combine beauty and elegance of dance with some amazing hill tribe music, mock sword fighting and kickboxing that many tourists and locals alike love so much. You may even witness a Thai wedding ceremony and a Buddhist ordination ceremony if your timing is right.
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Another popular attraction is the elephant shows where these big beautiful creatures entertain you with soccer matches, dancing and other diverse forms of activities including the painting of T-Shirts which you are welcome to purchase. The in-house zoo contains many animal and bird species such as tiger, elephant, chimpanzee and parrot including the South American macaw.
No need to go hungry as there are several restaurants where you can get something to eat at any time of the day. My suggestion to you is to try and get a table indoors as the heat at the outside tables seem to attract lots of flies which are a constant irritation while you are trying to enjoy your meal. I imagine this is due to the many elephants that wander around the grounds all day long.
Curios, souvenirs and handicrafts from around the country can be purchased from the garden cultural village shopping mall. The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is situated approximately 16 kilometres (10 miles) south of Pattaya and there are various tours leaving Pattaya daily should you decide not to drive there yourself.
I know you guys are gonna think I'm crazy, but here's something I simply had to add to this page. And believe you me, it's not every day that somebody asks me to add a short piece about a true tropical garden setting other than the ones in Thailand.
But this one really got to me and I just had to share it with you. It's actually about trying to create a real live and exciting garden theme back home that just might resemble a little of what you can expect in tropical Thailand.
And there's no denying that these amazing gardens in Thailand are a spectacular sight to behold. While many of us would love to be able to have a small garden, even remotely, like the ones here at home, the climate is simply not the same as it is in Thailand.
But it is possible for you to grow many indoor plants using artificial lights all year round. So just think about that for a moment. After your return trip from Thailand, you could grow your own little piece of heaven at home.
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