A day at Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand Photo journal

Swati Sharma
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A day's picnic at Nongnooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya

A day's picnic at Nongnooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya

The most popular event - the elephant show had already begun!

We spent a day at Nongnooch Tropical Garden and Resort in Pattaya, Thailand, and could barely keep pace with the place where there's so much to do and see. It's a place where one can happily spend the entire day. It's a mix of serenity, pleasure and novelty  – landscaped gardens, Thai cultural shows, photo-ops with a tiger and chimpanzee, and the enthralling elephant-performances!

Thai Cultural Show House

Thai Cultural Show House

Thai dancers

Cultural Show, Nongnooch Tropical garden, Pattaya, Thailand

You can get friendly with the cute and unfortunately overfed chimpanzee, or get yourself clicked with a tiger, sadly, put on sedatives;

No food please, thank you.

Friendly Chimpanzee at Nongnooch Tropical Gardens

Friendly Chimpanzee at Nongnooch Tropical Gardens

The tiger on sedatives…

Tiger, tiger, but not bright

The tiger on sedatives

There are restaurants to satiate your taste buds and brightly lit shops selling curios to take back home.

Curio Shops, Nongnooch Tropical Gardens

Curio Shops, Nongnooch Tropical Gardens

Garden Glory

Garden Glory, Nongnooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand

The landscaping is beautiful and you can get absorbed in nature amidst its palm garden and countless flowering and decorative plants from all over the world.

Nongnooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand

Landscaping at Nongnooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand

Ants go marching in the Nongnooch Tropical gardens :-)

Ants go marching in the Nongnooch Tropical gardens

The long never-ending, winding pathways in this wonderland seem mystical and I felt like never coming out of the place as there was so much natural beauty to soak up.

Elephant Show

Elephant Show at Nongnooch Tropical gardens, Pattaya, Thailand

Elephant Show at Nongnooch Tropical gardens, Pattaya, Thailand

The performing elephants

The Thai cultural show which included Thai dances, martial arts, boxing and war dance-drama was par excellence. Everything was just perfect right from the elaborate backdrops to the dances which were very graceful and well rehearsed and their colourful costumes. Their superb performances threw light on their rich culture and kudos to them for preserving it and showcasing it so well.

Elephant Show at Nongnooch Tropical gardens, Pattaya, Thailand

An elephant painting a canvas :-)

An elephant painting a canvas :-)

Elephnat circus, Thailand

How about an elephant as your masseur?

How about an elephant as your masseur

These elephants paint also!

As we moved forward a loud cheering and clapping sound made us hurry up towards itself. The most popular event - the elephant show had already begun!  The elephants were all dressed up aptly for each activity. Busy with their acts like playing football, throwing darts, volleyball, basketball, cycling, ribbon dance, hoopla. They also painted t-shirts which were up for sale. After each activity the elephants would cheer themselves while standing on their hind legs and raising their front legs and trunk in the air and trumpet loudly. Then quickly they would turn to the audience sitting nearest to them and happily gobble tiny bananas showered on them mostly by eager feeders - children!

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Take a look at the elephant paintings at ExoticWorldGifts.com

Liz on Monday, April 13, 2009

A nice feature well-presented supported by nice pics.

venkata subba rao v on Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Well, that's decided me against travelling to Thailand.

Lorna Tyler on Monday, May 24, 2010


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