Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Gardens

After a quick breakfast we decided to venture out and experience the local attraction, Nongnooch Botanical Garden.  We caught a “taxi” which was new to us… a converted pickup truck with seating in the bed.  We traveled there and negotiated our entry fee.  Upon arrival it was amazing!  Ornate and intricate sculptures, manicured gardens, live elephants roaming the streets, street vendors selling clothing and souvenirs, food stalls with skewers of everything imaginable.  I purchased a fresh coconut to drink from while my wife and kids had a mixed fruit smoothie.  We got lost in this labyrinth of intrigue amongst a sea of other people.  There were live shows demonstrating Thai culture and explaining many of the traditions.  Afterwards, we all relocated for an amazing elephant show where we watched these creatures bowl, play basketball, play soccer, ride bicycles, etc.  Impressive!

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