The beautiful, bizarre Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

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If Thailand’s city of sin isn’t quite the thing for you, don’t be in a hurry to leave just yet, because there might be something nearby that is!

French Garden, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya

About a half-hour drive away from Pattaya beach is the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, which is one of the biggest botanical gardens in Southeast Asia. Nong Nooch is actually a private garden that was meant to be a fruit plantation when the land was first purchased in 1954, but the owner, Mrs. Nongnooch Tansacha became inspired by other botanical gardens after traveling the world, and decided to have one of her own on her newly-purchased land instead. The Nong Nooch Gardens opened to the public in 1980, and has now become a popular tourist attraction managed by Mrs. Tansacha’s son, Mr. Kampon Tansacha.

It’s pretty easy to get to Nong Nooch – you can either hop on a song theaw (a…

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