Nong Nooch Garden is a sprawling park with an extensive collection of plants and flowers, as well as, cultural and elephant shows. If you are looking for things to do in Pattaya, Nong Nooch Garden is a renowned adventure park.
The Thais call it "Suan" Nong Nooch. Suan means garden in Thai language. With more than 670 native varieties and hybrids of orchids, Pattaya’s Nong Nooch Garden has one of the largest orchid collections in Thailand.
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 but they had a change of mind and decided to plant tropical flowers and plants instead thus creating a wildlife conservation project.
In 1980 Nong Nooch Garden opened to the public. A few years later in 2001 Pisit and Nongnooch's son, Kampon Tansacha took over management of the project. The garden currently uses 500 out of the 600 acres (2.4 km2).
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.