Everything you need to know about Nong Nooch Gardens in Pattaya, Thailand. Including how to get there and entry/admission prices.
Nong Nooch Gardens, or to give its full name – ‘Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens’ occupies 500 acres of land bought in 1954 by Nongnooch Tansacha and her husband Pisit. The initial plan was to farm fruit, but instead they decided to create a garden of tropical plants and flowers. It wasn’t until 1980 they decided to open the now famous Nong Nooch Gardens to the public.
Where is Nong Nooch Gardens?
The address of Nong Nooch Gardens is: 34/1 Moo 7 Najomtien District, Sattahip. Traveling south from Pattaya on Sukhumvit highway the entrance road to Nong Nooch Gardens is 15.8 kilometers from the junction of South Pattaya Road. After exiting the highway on to the entrance road (on the left), the entrance and ticket office is a further 2.55 kilometers.
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Getting to Nong Nooch Gardens from Pattaya
GrabTaxi As a rough guide, I checked the rates from Central Festival Beach Mall to Nong Nooch Gardens (November 2019). The rate for a car was 600 baht, for a van carrying ten passenger the rate was 850 baht, both rates are one way. NOTE: coming back from Nong Nooch you might find it more difficult to get a Grabtaxi, especially a van.
Charter a blue baht bus: you might find one stationary, or flag down an empty one. Based on the GrabTaxi rates and the number of passengers you can negotiate a deal. Depending on how long you want to to stay, the driver will wait for you, or you can take his telephone number and call him when you are ready.
Attractions near Nong Nooch Gardens: Pattaya Floating Market, Swiss Sheep Farm, Buddha Mountain (Khao Chee Chan), Upside-down House, Mimosa City of Love, Silver Lake Vineyard, Ramayana Water Park, Wat Yansangwararam, Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park.
Nong Nooch Gardens Admission Prices
If you arrive at Nong Nooch Gardens without pre-booking entry tickets you pay full price, as follows:
- Foreigners price for entry and gardens ( no shows ) is 500 baht.
- Thais, and foreigners with Thai driving license get in for 300 Baht
- Foreigners price for entry + shows is 800 baht
Children under 90 cm get in free. Children between 90 – 120cm pay around 360 baht. Children above 120 cm pay adult fee. Entry + shows for children is approximately 600 baht.
Nong Nooch Opening Times.
The entire park is open from 8am – 6pm 7 days a week with restaurants open until 10 pm 365 days a year – including public holidays.
What’s Going On At Nong Nooch Pattaya.
Nong Nooch is a huge place decorated with expansive gardens, displays, side shows and exhibits. There’s a variety of themes to the gardens, including a European garden, Italian garden, rock garden, Stonehenge garden, Cactus garden and many more.
Throughout and between the gardens there is also an “animal kingdom” theme. Since 2017 one of the main themes has been Dinosaur Valley – where you can walk among life-size replicas of T-Rex’s and other prehistoric beasties.
A big big crowd pleaser at Nong Nooch Gardens is the daily shows, the Thai culture show, followed by the Elephant show. The Thai culture show includes classical Thai dancing, Muay Thai, and elephants on the battlefield.
The Elephant Show at Nong Nooch Gardens is an impressive spectacle, it’s not every day you see elephants painting, riding bicycles, doing handstands, or playing football and basketball.
Just as a little aside, I’ve rode elephants, I’ve seen the Elephant Show at Nong Nooch on a couple of occasions, and I will not be doing either again. Why? Popular consensus suggests elephants get a bum deal, they don’t like it, and it’s not good for them. You don’t need to see the Elephant Show to have an enjoyable day at Nong Nooch, and there’s far better ways to have fun interacting with elephants.
Nong Nooch Thai Culture & Elephant Show Times
There are 5 shows per day (November 2019), 10.30 am, 1.30 pm, 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm.
Other Things To See and Do At Nong Nooch Gardens
I will like to walk, but you can hire bicycles or jump on the tour bus. Nong Nooch is a great place to explore, for kids too, they love exploring the gardens and climbing on the animal statues. You can spend a full day at Nong Nooch, taking in the sights, feeding the Arapaima, peddle boating on the lake, or taking an envious look at the owners car collection.
Nong Nooch Pattaya Photos