There is a one tourist place in Thailand, which leaves an impression that you are actually visiting … a paradise. The place is paradise indeed. This is a huge, gorgeous, incredibly bright, cozy Nong Nooch, located 17 kilometers south of Pattaya. Since you have chosen Thailand – with thunderous nightlife, restaurants and bars – then the visit to the Nong Nooch is simply required. This park purifies the soul.
Nong Nooch is a complex of gardens and parks. It covers an area of 210 hectares and a half and is continually being rebuilt, but that process of bringing to perfection does not spoil the look of this amazing place.
The history of the park starts in 1954, when Mr. and Mrs. Pisit (it is also called Madame) Nawng Nooch Tansaka bought in the province of Chonburi land, which had plans to keep the fruit and vegetable plantations. The location was chosen very precisely – Today Chonburi is one of the world’s most popular tourist resorts. But then, in 1954, Pattaya was a small fishing village, one of many on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Neither of those two tourism was not the question. And how profitable it will turn out to have invests in form of a lot of money not in agricultural production but something that would turn into a tourist attraction in future.
Park was built for a long time. And it got opened for the international visitors in 1980. Since then, the flow of tourists flock to the Nong Nooch and each year it only increases. And the park becomes more beautiful and more beautiful.
The pearl of Nong Nooch is located in the middle of the once dense jungles. Today, talking about virginity of these places does not make any sense. Chonburi is a fairly populous province – is enough to say that in the peak season population of Pattaya increases by six-fold. But still the custodians of the park are tried to be saved from the Nong Nooch- to avoid the tropical destructive influence of civilization. On the contrary, people are ennobling this place, turning it into a continuously blooming garden, which at any time will surprise the guests with the happy bright colors of tropical plants.
One of the most spectacular tourist attractions located in Nong Nooch is a garden of the orchids. Yes, this attraction – in nature, seeing a wide variety of orchid in one place is impossible. This is the exact place from where the guided tours are mostly started. And this is the right place at the park, where you want to definitely return to have another look at those crazy and beautiful plants.
The gardeners of the garden orchids say that caring for these whimsical flowers is very simple. It’s is enough to sustain life in those plants on which orchids are parasitic, and protect the flowers away from direct sunlight (a garden shaded grid). Maintaining a special microclimate, as in the greenhouses is not needed – Thailand has a wonderful tropical natural environment for the growing orchids … How beautiful are these flowers! At the exit of the park after the tour, you can buy seedlings of orchids, packaged in special bottles. These orchids can be safely taken out of the country (difficulties can arise only when importing to your home country – if not to draw attention to the certificates that accompany a bottle of orchids).
Another wonderful place is the garden of cacti. It is in the open air and is simply amazing due to the bizarre forms of plants. Even if you do not have a competent guide (and in Thailand getting a good guide is rarity and needs hard work), cacti deserve to be seen: you might have a sit on the bench, thinking about life. In that nice spot the world looks to be even more fascinating. And try to understand – how small is our planet. And how beautiful at the same time …
Something in the Park Nong Nooch is liked more, some things- less. It’s inevitable – everyone has different tastes. In the French garden architecture, in which European classical landscape design is combined with oriental ritual stepping in abundance apart in the garden, seems to be unnatural in combination of incongruous. But everything has been done subtly, rich, beautiful. Every bush, every tree and flower beds are well maintained. And if you try to focus on details, the overall picture is divided into exquisite pieces. And the impression of the garden is subtly changing.
Blue Garden – a unique collection of palms and ferns. Here there are about half of all trees, living on the planet (or more accurately, 1100 species and varieties of the 2600 or 2800 – so specified in the encyclopedias and guidebooks).
In general, Nong Nooch is a place where ever you discover something new. Walking on the park and suddenly you find yourself in a… garage, where there is a collection of cars owned by the current director of the park Kamponu Tansake, the son of the founder of the Nong Nooch. Why are these machines? Are you terribly curious? And, perhaps it is beautiful. Although the nature of Thailand has no relation to it.
A garden of butterflies? Enclosures, separated from the outside world the veil hanging chains. Moths fly directly over the heads of tourists. They sit on your hands and shoulders. How bright and vibrant are the colors for the variety of species.
And quite a miniature garden of birds is also arranged on the same principle. Before the entrance you can buy a packet of some goodies (not the bird – human, indeterminate in the eyes of European fruit sticks) and entertain the strange birds, maybe the way you might love to do in your one countries.
In Nong Nooch there is a lot of interesting. Garden with water plants. Garden Bonsai. Elephant Village. And it’s almost impossible to list them all … For us, Nong Nooch is a botanical garden of tropical plants. For someone it’s a Zoo and Circus. For the third – the place where you can splendid fun and good to eat. But still For all – one of the most attractive places in Thailand. The only thing that might be more interesting to some of the tourists is the rainforest.. But … this pleasure is even more rare than the Nong Nooch.