You don’t need to travel all the way to southeast Asia to experience tropical flowers, exotic fruit, and lavish architecture. Tucked away within the hustle and bustle of a south Florida city, you’ll find a tiny oasis that'll make you feel like you’ve just walked straight into a mini Malaysian village. The Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden in Miami even houses many endangered plant species, some that have disappeared from their native lands entirely. Take a little trip to the heart of southeast Asia without ever leaving the states!

Walking through The Kampong Garden truly is like stepping into another world.

You’ll find an 80-year-old baobab tree from Tanzania, towering melty-looking banyans hiding secrets within their exposed roots, and see fruits that you’ve probably never even heard of before.

You’ll even see and smell flowers that are prized by the perfume industry.

Guests are welcome to stop for a picnic around the grounds, and if you catch one of the guided tours, you can learn all about the history of Dr. David Fairchild, the botanist that started it all.

Dr. Fairchild was not your average plant enthusiast either. He was basically the Indiana Jones of botanists, traveling all throughout southeast Asia and other tropical regions, collecting and studying exotic plants and introducing them to the U.S.

Today, you can find collections from Asia, central and south America, and the Caribbean at the Kampong.

The Miami location serves at the mainland campus for educational courses from the National Tropical Botanical Garden, which also has dreamy locations scattered throughout Hawai’i.

The Kampong Garden is like a living classroom, serving botany and horticulture courses from local universities and colleges. With lush landscapes and natural beauty, it’s also served as a very popular spot for weddings and photoshoots.

You don't always need a passport to travel to an exotic land, and when you visit the Kampong Gardens, you can still be home in time for dinner!

The Kampong Gardens

Price: $20 admission

Address: 4013 South Douglas Rd., Coconut GroveFL

Why You Need To Go: Take a trip to southeast Asia without ever leaving Florida at this hidden tropical oasis.

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