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Guidebook for Pattaya City

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Guidebook for Pattaya City

Shopping
The tallest, most prominent building on Pattaya Beach Road, Central Festival Pattaya has been extremely popular as a place to shop, eat and hang out in the city since it opened in 2009. The mall itself is comprised of 313 stores and services across seven floors, with the rest of the building being the Hilton Hotel Pattaya. Alongside the standard outlets of most Central Festival centres (including the brand’s supermarket, department store and food court) are such names as Zara, North Face and Calvin Klein. There is also a great selection of electronics stores and, further up the building, restaurants. Right at the top are a 10-screen movie theatre and 16-lane bowling alley.
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Central Festival Pattaya Beach
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The tallest, most prominent building on Pattaya Beach Road, Central Festival Pattaya has been extremely popular as a place to shop, eat and hang out in the city since it opened in 2009. The mall itself is comprised of 313 stores and services across seven floors, with the rest of the building being the Hilton Hotel Pattaya. Alongside the standard outlets of most Central Festival centres (including the brand’s supermarket, department store and food court) are such names as Zara, North Face and Calvin Klein. There is also a great selection of electronics stores and, further up the building, restaurants. Right at the top are a 10-screen movie theatre and 16-lane bowling alley.
With a bright red aircraft sticking out of the Second Road side and a yellow and white balloon rising out of the roof, Royal Garden Plaza is one of the most distinctive buildings in Pattaya. Inside is an impressive selection of high street stores, including Levi’s, Converse, Von Dutch and more. The Beach Road side is dotted with fast-food restaurants and there are other dining options available, making it a popular place to grab a bite before the short walk to the start of Walking Street. Attached to the side of the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, most of Royal Garden Plaza’s top floor is the Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not!’ Museum, making it a lot more than just a place to shop.
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Royal Garden Plaza
218 moo 10 Beach St
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With a bright red aircraft sticking out of the Second Road side and a yellow and white balloon rising out of the roof, Royal Garden Plaza is one of the most distinctive buildings in Pattaya. Inside is an impressive selection of high street stores, including Levi’s, Converse, Von Dutch and more. The Beach Road side is dotted with fast-food restaurants and there are other dining options available, making it a popular place to grab a bite before the short walk to the start of Walking Street. Attached to the side of the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, most of Royal Garden Plaza’s top floor is the Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not!’ Museum, making it a lot more than just a place to shop.
In stark contrast to the rest of our list of the best shopping malls in Pattaya, Mike Shopping Mall has barely a handful of designer-label stores inside. Instead, much of the floor space is given over to stalls selling beachwear, printed Tees, shoes, bags and other accessories. It is, in effect, like a giant air conditioned market. The prices are in the region of what you would expect to find at the markets, making it a great place to find cheap souvenirs. The car park on the Second Road side is often the site of a fresh fruit market while several local artists have stops in the narrow street running down the side of the building. The rooftop is home to a public swimming pool.
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Mike Shopping Mall
262 หมู่ 10 Pattayasaisong Rd
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In stark contrast to the rest of our list of the best shopping malls in Pattaya, Mike Shopping Mall has barely a handful of designer-label stores inside. Instead, much of the floor space is given over to stalls selling beachwear, printed Tees, shoes, bags and other accessories. It is, in effect, like a giant air conditioned market. The prices are in the region of what you would expect to find at the markets, making it a great place to find cheap souvenirs. The car park on the Second Road side is often the site of a fresh fruit market while several local artists have stops in the narrow street running down the side of the building. The rooftop is home to a public swimming pool.
Outlet Mall Pattaya makes up for its lack of entertainment options with outstanding discounts, with as much as 70 per cent being slashed off the prices of designer labels. Made up of two buildings – the main indoor mall and an outdoor high street-like area behind it – the stores available include Nike, Timberland, Warner Bros Studio, Lacoste, Adidas, Levi’s, Samsonite and more. The Premium Fashion Mall in the lower level of the main building includes an open street market layout boasting many local and international labels. The dining options are very limited, but mirror the rest of the mall’s high quality and low cost.
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Outlet Mall Pattaya
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Outlet Mall Pattaya makes up for its lack of entertainment options with outstanding discounts, with as much as 70 per cent being slashed off the prices of designer labels. Made up of two buildings – the main indoor mall and an outdoor high street-like area behind it – the stores available include Nike, Timberland, Warner Bros Studio, Lacoste, Adidas, Levi’s, Samsonite and more. The Premium Fashion Mall in the lower level of the main building includes an open street market layout boasting many local and international labels. The dining options are very limited, but mirror the rest of the mall’s high quality and low cost.
Popularly known as “Big C North” to help people avoid confusing it with its younger cousin on Beach Road, Central Center Pattaya has the titular supermarket at its core. This is surrounded by over 130 stores and services, including a five-screen cinema, an impressive range of restaurants, an ‘IT Corner’ dedicated to electrical goods and a great choice of local and international brands of clothing, jewellery and accessories. It has an airy design, with a plant-strewn courtyard and vaulted, air-conditioned interior, making it one of the more pleasant shopping experiences in Pattaya.
Big C Supercenter
565/41 Sukhumvit
Popularly known as “Big C North” to help people avoid confusing it with its younger cousin on Beach Road, Central Center Pattaya has the titular supermarket at its core. This is surrounded by over 130 stores and services, including a five-screen cinema, an impressive range of restaurants, an ‘IT Corner’ dedicated to electrical goods and a great choice of local and international brands of clothing, jewellery and accessories. It has an airy design, with a plant-strewn courtyard and vaulted, air-conditioned interior, making it one of the more pleasant shopping experiences in Pattaya.
Covering an area of 100,000sqm, the Four Regions Floating Market is separated into four sections – each representing and selling items from the four major parts of Thailand (north, northeast, central and south). Expect to find many eateries, fruit stalls, souvenir shops and some art galleries. There is also a cultural show every afternoon. The 350 million baht market has over 114 shops and water vendors selling authentic Thai food, desserts and specialties from all over the kingdom. For a floating market experience, hire a man-powered boat to get around and discover the richness of the surrounding Thai architecture and riverside life. Typically, the boat is big enough for four people.
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파타야수상시장
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Covering an area of 100,000sqm, the Four Regions Floating Market is separated into four sections – each representing and selling items from the four major parts of Thailand (north, northeast, central and south). Expect to find many eateries, fruit stalls, souvenir shops and some art galleries. There is also a cultural show every afternoon. The 350 million baht market has over 114 shops and water vendors selling authentic Thai food, desserts and specialties from all over the kingdom. For a floating market experience, hire a man-powered boat to get around and discover the richness of the surrounding Thai architecture and riverside life. Typically, the boat is big enough for four people.
Drinks & Nightlife
With its open plaza design, impressive range of restaurants and nightly market directly in front, Pattaya Avenue is a pleasant shopping experience. The stores on the upper floors are home to great discounts on top international brands, including Adidas, Quiksilver and Playboy, while the lower floors are filled with mostly local shops, as well as a Villa Supermarket. There is also a cinema and bowling alley which stay open late into the night, making Pattaya Avenue a good entertainment venue.
South Pattaya Road
With its open plaza design, impressive range of restaurants and nightly market directly in front, Pattaya Avenue is a pleasant shopping experience. The stores on the upper floors are home to great discounts on top international brands, including Adidas, Quiksilver and Playboy, while the lower floors are filled with mostly local shops, as well as a Villa Supermarket. There is also a cinema and bowling alley which stay open late into the night, making Pattaya Avenue a good entertainment venue.
The Roof Sky Bar & Restaurant Pattaya is a fun and lively place to chill out throughout the day and night. Found atop the Siam@Siam Design Hotel, it has an eclectic modern style, outstanding views across Pattaya Beach and is the home of memorable pool parties and film nights. The open-air eatery covers two levels. On the 24th floor is the main restaurant part while the pool bar is up on the 25th. Both are colourful and creative additions to the more family-friendly nightlife of North Pattaya, as well as serving a fine collection international dishes and inventive cocktails like the Ice Bomb and SOS Flambe.
시암@시암 디자인 호텔 파타야
The Roof Sky Bar & Restaurant Pattaya is a fun and lively place to chill out throughout the day and night. Found atop the Siam@Siam Design Hotel, it has an eclectic modern style, outstanding views across Pattaya Beach and is the home of memorable pool parties and film nights. The open-air eatery covers two levels. On the 24th floor is the main restaurant part while the pool bar is up on the 25th. Both are colourful and creative additions to the more family-friendly nightlife of North Pattaya, as well as serving a fine collection international dishes and inventive cocktails like the Ice Bomb and SOS Flambe.
Pattaya is probably best known for Walking Street – it is the bright and brash hub of the city’s nightlife. If you include all of the narrow side-roads which lead off it (and most people do), the area is home to over 80 go-go bars, the majority of the city’s nightclubs and hundreds of beer bars, as well as live music, street performances, restaurants, jewellery shops, tailors and more. Along its 1 km length, the street has a huge degree of variety, making it possible to find something for almost anyone. Prices for pretty much everything are higher here than the average for the rest of the city, with bottled beer costing around 120 baht.
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Walking Street Pattaya
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Pattaya is probably best known for Walking Street – it is the bright and brash hub of the city’s nightlife. If you include all of the narrow side-roads which lead off it (and most people do), the area is home to over 80 go-go bars, the majority of the city’s nightclubs and hundreds of beer bars, as well as live music, street performances, restaurants, jewellery shops, tailors and more. Along its 1 km length, the street has a huge degree of variety, making it possible to find something for almost anyone. Prices for pretty much everything are higher here than the average for the rest of the city, with bottled beer costing around 120 baht.
Soi LK Metro is kind of like a poor man’s Walking Street, not least because everything costs less here. It is significantly shorter, being only about 200m from one end of the L-shaped alley to the other. It gets its name from the fact that it circumnavigates the LK Metropole hotel. The street itself is almost exclusively filled with go-go bars, with the few spaces between being mostly bars. The staff here tend to be less pushy, creating a more relaxed atmosphere which often suits the older visitors who don’t appreciate Walking Street’s frenetic pace. Top venues include Champagne, The Office, Sugar Sugar and Murphy’s Law Irish Bar. You will also find several good venues on the surroundings.
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L K Metro Alley
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Soi LK Metro is kind of like a poor man’s Walking Street, not least because everything costs less here. It is significantly shorter, being only about 200m from one end of the L-shaped alley to the other. It gets its name from the fact that it circumnavigates the LK Metropole hotel. The street itself is almost exclusively filled with go-go bars, with the few spaces between being mostly bars. The staff here tend to be less pushy, creating a more relaxed atmosphere which often suits the older visitors who don’t appreciate Walking Street’s frenetic pace. Top venues include Champagne, The Office, Sugar Sugar and Murphy’s Law Irish Bar. You will also find several good venues on the surroundings.
The area known as Pattayaland is made up of two and a half streets at the very southern end of Beach Road, just before it becomes Walking Street, and it is the home to a mix of girlie bars and gay bars (though it is mostly the latter). Soi 13/3 is called Pattayaland Soi 1 and is home to X-Boys Pattaya Show and Cupidol Bar. A narrow alley about halfway down the street connects it to Soi 13/4 – Pattayaland Soi 2 – which is home to Cats A Go-Go and The Classroom Ago-go. Finally, Boyz Town (Pattayaland Soi 3) is formed by a loop of soi from Second Road to the middle of Soi 13/4 and contains Boys Boys Boys Nightclub and Copa Show Bar. This whole section of town can be very flamboyant and fun.
Pattaya 13/3 Alley
The area known as Pattayaland is made up of two and a half streets at the very southern end of Beach Road, just before it becomes Walking Street, and it is the home to a mix of girlie bars and gay bars (though it is mostly the latter). Soi 13/3 is called Pattayaland Soi 1 and is home to X-Boys Pattaya Show and Cupidol Bar. A narrow alley about halfway down the street connects it to Soi 13/4 – Pattayaland Soi 2 – which is home to Cats A Go-Go and The Classroom Ago-go. Finally, Boyz Town (Pattayaland Soi 3) is formed by a loop of soi from Second Road to the middle of Soi 13/4 and contains Boys Boys Boys Nightclub and Copa Show Bar. This whole section of town can be very flamboyant and fun.
Food Scene
Situated at the very top of the Hilton Hotel (which is itself atop Central Festival Beach Road) between Beach Road and Second Road and effectively dead-centre on the beach, the views from Horizon Bar’s open-air terrace are unrivalled. With two-for-one on cocktails from 17:00 to 19:00, it is the place to go to enjoy the glorious sunsets, then watch as the neon lights of Walking Street come to life. You can then enjoy the Hilton Pattaya’s five-star fusion food with this breath-taking backdrop.
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Edge
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Situated at the very top of the Hilton Hotel (which is itself atop Central Festival Beach Road) between Beach Road and Second Road and effectively dead-centre on the beach, the views from Horizon Bar’s open-air terrace are unrivalled. With two-for-one on cocktails from 17:00 to 19:00, it is the place to go to enjoy the glorious sunsets, then watch as the neon lights of Walking Street come to life. You can then enjoy the Hilton Pattaya’s five-star fusion food with this breath-taking backdrop.
Noted for its exceptional Thai seafood dishes, The Glass House is the best place in the area for a romantic dinner. Far removed from the sights and sounds of the city, all that can be heard is the relaxing ambient music and the waves lapping at the beach just a few metres away. The sights on offer include the extensive menu, which contains such highlights as blue crab stir-fried with yellow curry and crisp-fried sea bass with soybean sauce. You can also enjoy the sight of a glorious sunset with drinks from the comfort of the sofas and cushions set aside for just that purpose.
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The Glass House Beachfront Restaurant and Bar 더글라스하우스
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Noted for its exceptional Thai seafood dishes, The Glass House is the best place in the area for a romantic dinner. Far removed from the sights and sounds of the city, all that can be heard is the relaxing ambient music and the waves lapping at the beach just a few metres away. The sights on offer include the extensive menu, which contains such highlights as blue crab stir-fried with yellow curry and crisp-fried sea bass with soybean sauce. You can also enjoy the sight of a glorious sunset with drinks from the comfort of the sofas and cushions set aside for just that purpose.
Known as the home of the finest buffets in Pattaya, the Amari Ocean's Mantra Restaurant & Bar has a truly international cuisine, with high-quality Japanese, Italian, Indian, western and Thai dishes available. Many of the specialised foods – such as suchi, pizzas and steak – are expertly prepared in open kitchens, enabling the diner to enjoy seeing everything that goes into make their delicious dishes. The a la carte menu is also compendious, including highlights such as grain-fed Australian sirloin steak or deep-fried tofu with vegetarian Szechuan sauce.
아마리 오션 파타야
240 Pattaya Beach Road
Known as the home of the finest buffets in Pattaya, the Amari Ocean's Mantra Restaurant & Bar has a truly international cuisine, with high-quality Japanese, Italian, Indian, western and Thai dishes available. Many of the specialised foods – such as suchi, pizzas and steak – are expertly prepared in open kitchens, enabling the diner to enjoy seeing everything that goes into make their delicious dishes. The a la carte menu is also compendious, including highlights such as grain-fed Australian sirloin steak or deep-fried tofu with vegetarian Szechuan sauce.
Entertainment & Activities
Khao Kheow Open Zoo is very proud to have been chosen to join the Conservation Botanical Project of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. We use the space here at Khao Kheow Open Zoo for conservation and to develop a centre for conservation in eastern Thailand. We aim to be a centre of study and research in a variety of biological resources for conservation and to help future generations. Our purpose is also to be a learning centre for groups which are relevant to our main duties of support and development of the quality of education in the province through zoo affairs.
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Khao Kheow Open Zoo
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Khao Kheow Open Zoo is very proud to have been chosen to join the Conservation Botanical Project of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. We use the space here at Khao Kheow Open Zoo for conservation and to develop a centre for conservation in eastern Thailand. We aim to be a centre of study and research in a variety of biological resources for conservation and to help future generations. Our purpose is also to be a learning centre for groups which are relevant to our main duties of support and development of the quality of education in the province through zoo affairs.
Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark near Pattaya is larger and more spectacular than anything of its kind in Thailand, with 30 state-of-the-art water rides and slides and other attractions including Disneyworld-style mascots, entertainment shows, a food court with many regional food types and all-round aquatic fun for the whole family. The park is logiclly split into sections catering to smaller children and teens and fully-grown children with families of their own. Located on Sukhumvit Road about 20 minutes drive from Pattaya Beach, there are 10 entertainment zones, featuring characters such as Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Gumball, Darwin and others from popular shows on Cartoon Network.
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카툰 네트워크 아마존 워터파크
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Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark near Pattaya is larger and more spectacular than anything of its kind in Thailand, with 30 state-of-the-art water rides and slides and other attractions including Disneyworld-style mascots, entertainment shows, a food court with many regional food types and all-round aquatic fun for the whole family. The park is logiclly split into sections catering to smaller children and teens and fully-grown children with families of their own. Located on Sukhumvit Road about 20 minutes drive from Pattaya Beach, there are 10 entertainment zones, featuring characters such as Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Gumball, Darwin and others from popular shows on Cartoon Network.
Experience the first-ever transvestite cabaret show in Southeast Asia. Be amazed by more than 100 professional performers in dazzling costumes presenting creative impersonations through songs, dance, and tales of romance and adventure. Your evening starts with convenient hotel pick-up and a leisurely drive to the venue. Upon arrival, you are welcomed with a soft drink, and then you can find your seat and get ready for the show to begin. Then the curtains rise and beautiful dancers enter the stage. Marvel at the eye-catching costumes and how the colorful light show lines up with the music. This original transvestite cabaret show started in a small bar in Pattaya in 1974.
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티파니 쇼
464 หมู่ที่ 9 Pattayasaisong Rd
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Experience the first-ever transvestite cabaret show in Southeast Asia. Be amazed by more than 100 professional performers in dazzling costumes presenting creative impersonations through songs, dance, and tales of romance and adventure. Your evening starts with convenient hotel pick-up and a leisurely drive to the venue. Upon arrival, you are welcomed with a soft drink, and then you can find your seat and get ready for the show to begin. Then the curtains rise and beautiful dancers enter the stage. Marvel at the eye-catching costumes and how the colorful light show lines up with the music. This original transvestite cabaret show started in a small bar in Pattaya in 1974.
Everything Else
Khao Kheow Country Club is a really good 27-hole layout resting on the foothills in Chonburi. The course is challenging with very extensive bunkering in and along the fairways with one bunker streaching the entire length of one of the par 4s. The greens vary from very small to extremely large and are always in excellent shape. The caddies at Khao Kheow are well trained and their advice on where to hit it and what line to putt on should be listend to for the first time golfers playing this course or the frequent golfer coming to play in Thailand. The clubhouse is excellent.
Khao Kheow Resort and Golf Club
Khao Kheow Country Club is a really good 27-hole layout resting on the foothills in Chonburi. The course is challenging with very extensive bunkering in and along the fairways with one bunker streaching the entire length of one of the par 4s. The greens vary from very small to extremely large and are always in excellent shape. The caddies at Khao Kheow are well trained and their advice on where to hit it and what line to putt on should be listend to for the first time golfers playing this course or the frequent golfer coming to play in Thailand. The clubhouse is excellent.
Sightseeing
The Sanctuary of Truth is perhaps the most iconic structure in Pattaya. Intricately carved entirely from teak wood, the awe-inspiring 105-metre-tall hall on the headland to the north of Wongamat Beach is a one-of-a-kind structure in the whole world. Neither temple nor palace, despite looking like a hybrid of both, it was commissioned by a local business tycoon to act as a place of appreciation for philosophy, art, culture and faith, without being tied to a single religion.
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Sanctuary Of Truth
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The Sanctuary of Truth is perhaps the most iconic structure in Pattaya. Intricately carved entirely from teak wood, the awe-inspiring 105-metre-tall hall on the headland to the north of Wongamat Beach is a one-of-a-kind structure in the whole world. Neither temple nor palace, despite looking like a hybrid of both, it was commissioned by a local business tycoon to act as a place of appreciation for philosophy, art, culture and faith, without being tied to a single religion.
Pattaya Viewpoint (Khao Pattaya View Point) on Pratumnak Hill is the best viewpoint in the region and the place to visit day or night to get that classic shot of Pattaya’s sweeping, crescent bay. Be warned though, this is anything but an insider’s tip so expect to share your view with an almost ceaseless conveyor-belt of package tours and the local traders who follow them touting cheap souvenirs and expensive refreshments. This might sound off-putting but the reality is tours will usually stop for 10 to 15 minutes and once they have been called back to the bus, the view point becomes quiet and peaceful – perfect for enjoying the stunning scenery.
Khao Pattaya
Pattaya Viewpoint (Khao Pattaya View Point) on Pratumnak Hill is the best viewpoint in the region and the place to visit day or night to get that classic shot of Pattaya’s sweeping, crescent bay. Be warned though, this is anything but an insider’s tip so expect to share your view with an almost ceaseless conveyor-belt of package tours and the local traders who follow them touting cheap souvenirs and expensive refreshments. This might sound off-putting but the reality is tours will usually stop for 10 to 15 minutes and once they have been called back to the bus, the view point becomes quiet and peaceful – perfect for enjoying the stunning scenery.
Parks & Nature
Nong Nooch Garden is set in a 2.4sq.km. beautifully landscaped park and can easily make an all-day trip. The entire area is more like a theme park, with daily cultural shows, restaurants and accommodation as well as a vast area showcasing individually themed gardens. A leisurely stroll through the botanical park is like taking a journey around the world, through its many famous gardens, whether 17th-century French garden, Stonehenge, or European Renaissance garden. Equally fascinating are species-specific gardens, such as cactus and succulent plants, orchid nurseries, tropical palm gardens, bonsai and topiary garden.
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농눗 가든
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Nong Nooch Garden is set in a 2.4sq.km. beautifully landscaped park and can easily make an all-day trip. The entire area is more like a theme park, with daily cultural shows, restaurants and accommodation as well as a vast area showcasing individually themed gardens. A leisurely stroll through the botanical park is like taking a journey around the world, through its many famous gardens, whether 17th-century French garden, Stonehenge, or European Renaissance garden. Equally fascinating are species-specific gardens, such as cactus and succulent plants, orchid nurseries, tropical palm gardens, bonsai and topiary garden.