Inside The Acid Dream That Is Thailand’s Nong Nooch Garden
By Erin Kelly | Checked By Savannah Cox
Published March 31, 2015
Updated February 1, 2018
Ready for a trippy spring? Be sure to visit Nong Nooch Garden in Chonburi Province, Thailand.
The stars of Meerkat Manor even have their own place among the sites of Nong Nooch Garden.
As winter warms and gives birth to spring, many renew their perspectives on the outdoors and, for those of us with green thumbs, gardening. If you do a bit of acid before setting your green thumbs to work, your handiwork might come close to resembling one of the world’s most grandiose, bizarre, and colorful gardens: Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Chonburi Province, Thailand.
Khun Pisit and Khun Nongnooch Tansajja purchased the site in 1954, with the intention of developing it as a fruit plantation. Somewhere along the way the owners changed their mind and decided instead to use the space as a wildlife conservation project. After Nongnooch converted the land from an agricultural area to a flower garden, she then added hut houses, a town house, a Thai-style house, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a seminar room. The duo officially opened the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in 1980.
The garden consists of immaculately sculpted shrubs and bushes, countless assortments of technicolor flowers, elephant rides, artificial animals from around the world, and even a collector car showroom on the site, because why not?
The pristine gardens stretch as far as the eye can see in geometric patterns, with a central Stonehenge-style resting area. From above, it would be easy to believe that the Nong Nooch garden was actually that of a royal family.
The true expansiveness of the Nong Nooch Garden is hard to believe. The garden sits on 600 manicured acres and is expertly maintained year round. Source: Nong Nooch Garden
The koalas surprisingly seem right at home in their tie-dyed trees. Source: Nong Nooch Garden
It’s a good thing these giant ostriches are not real, or else they would probably be chasing the patrons throughout the grounds.
The cheetahs are watching. Always watching…
A herd of camels sits in the sun – basking below palm trees and a pagoda.
There may even be more lemurs than flowers in this area of the garden.
Lemurs are among the many animals represented in sculpture throughout the park, and one of the favorites of children guests. Source: Nong Nooch Garden
One of the premier tourist destinations in Southeast Thailand, the tropical Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden draws visitors of all ages from around the world. Source: Nong Nooch Garden
The assorted flowers come from many regions of the world, and thrive in different climate conditions. From shaded areas to greenhouse, conditions are kept just right for each of the many floral varieties.
The Stonehenge-like structures are one of the many styles from around the world that have been brought together to create the magic of this special place. Source: Nong Nooch Garden
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.