Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a 500-acre (2.0 km2) botanical garden and tourist attraction at kilometer 163 on Sukhumvit Road in Chonburi Province, Thailand. It can be reached via bus, taxi or private land transportation. Its also a major scientific center dedicated to cycads, with its own Cycad Gene Bank.


Pisit and Nongnooch Tansacha purchased the 600-acre (2.4 km2) plot of land in 1954 with the intentions of developing the land as a fruit plantation. However, the owners instead decided to plant tropical flowers and plants as a wildlife conservation project. The garden opened to the public in 1980, and management was transferred to Pisit and Nongnooch's son Kampon Tansacha in 2001. The garden currently fills 500 out of the 600 acres (2.4 km2).

Garden divisions

  • French Garden
  • European Garden
  • Stonehenge Garden
  • Cactus & Succulent Garden
  • Variegated Plants
  • Ant Tower
  • Butterfly Hill
  • Orchid & Bromeliad Display Garden
  • Flower valley


  • Echinocactus grusonii (Mexican golden barrel cactus)
  • Echinopsis
  • Lobivia


The garden focus on Southeast Asian, Tropical American and Central Africa species of Cycads, but a collection of almost every species can also been seen here. In connection with Conservation agencies the gardens cycad collections serves as an important ex situ conservation site for this endangered and ancient plant group. On-going and continuing research at the garden concerning taxonomy and horticultural use has increased the knowledge about this plant group world wide.
The Cycad genebank is managed by Mr. Anders J.Lindstrom, a world renowned expert in cycads.


  • Rhapis Palms


  • Blue Agave
  • Madagascar Euphorbia
  • Pachypodium


  • Heliconia
  • Ginger
  • Torch Ginger
  • Alpinia

Other notable plant groups

  • Bouganvillea
  • Hoya
  • Bromeliads
  • Marantaceae
  • Passiflora
  • Plumeria
  • New Caledonian Plants


The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden became famous in part due to its impressive Thai culture show. In a theater in the park, traditional dances are performed based on religious ceremonies and ancient martial arts that involve elephants. And, of course, it includes an entertaining bout of Thai boxing. The earlier you get to the theater, the better the seat.

Not to be missed is the elephant show that follows the culture show. The elephants dance, play soccer and even paint pictures, and apparently do so with pleasure. In any case, they clearly appreciate the bananas offered to them by the public after the performance. For a small fee the cahoots are happy to arrange for you to take a picture with the gentle giants.
That can actually also be done with the beautifully dressed Thai dancers in the culture show. However, stroking and caressing the dancers is not recommended, and it is advisable to pay the dancers a small fee so as to not be fed to the tiger for supper!

The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a tropical paradise of nature and culture, a picturesque treat for the whole family.

In addition to examining the wildlife, tourists experience religious ceremonies, martial arts demonstrations, massages, and elephant shows. There are also two restaurants, a small zoo and a hotel with a swimming pool and Thai style rental houses on the grounds.

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