Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden first opened its doors to the public in 1980 after being used as a plantation for growing local fruits. Over the past few decades, the tropical garden has quickly become one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, for both its stunning landscape and vast variety of flower and plant species. Aside from flowers, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden also offers various entertainment such as Thai cultural shows and elephant shows.
Africa: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens contain more than 7,000 distinct plant species. Along with an unbeatable collection of indigenous ferns, albines and other plant life, Kirstenbosch also features a number of smaller themed gardens. One of these gardens is the Medicinal Garden, which protects various plant species that are known for their medicinal uses.
Kirstenbosch was founded in 1913 as the world’s first botanical garden created with the intention of preserving South Africa’s unique plant life. The first (and most popular) of South Africa’s nine National Botanical Gardens, Kirstenbosch is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We recommend visiting in spring, when the South Africa’s national flower, the protea, are blooming in the Protea Garden (seen above).
Europe: Keukenhof Garden
With 75,000 tulips displayed in over 600 varieties, Keukenhof Garden is without a doubt one of the most colorful of all the gardens in the world. When in bloom, the stunning tulips and other flowers—the Oranje Nassau Pavilion features a different flower every weeks—amass to create a sea of vivid hues. Keukenhof Garden is the second largest flower garden on the planet, smaller only than the Dubai Miracle Garden.