Durian Orchard In A Flood Zone | Koh Kret, Thailand

I didn't expect to find durian on Koh Kret, a small island carved into the river in Nonthaburi, the province famous for the most expensive durians in the world.

A deluge at the end of 2011 completely submerged the island and all low-lying areas around, drowning the majority of the famous durian orchards in the most dramatic flood Bangkok had seen in over 50 years. By the photos, it looked like Noah's Ark would have been handy.

But after a friend told me it was the last place in Bangkok without any roads and was a really lovely place, I went. Not for durian, just for fun.

And you know what I found? Yup.

Vegan Durian Sayur Rebus - What To Do With Unripe Durian | Recipe

How disappointing is it to buy an unripe durian?

Very. I can't count the number of times I've hopefully clawed open a durian only to find a pale pod with the texture and appeal of daikon radish. But unlike the insanely spicy vegetable, unripe durian is edible and can be cooked into a number of creative dishes.

When a friend accidentally gave me an unripe durian, I looked up a traditional Malaysian recipe called Durian Sayur Rebus and decided to make it vegan.

A Durian Hunt in Bangkok's Green Lung | Phra Padaeng, Thailand


If you're like me, you think Bangkok is really exciting. Then after two days you start missing the color green.

An easy way to escape the city hustle and bustle for the day is to go to Phra Padaeng, a government protected expanse of small family fruit orchards and wetlands that somehow escaped urban development. Quiet and shady, this loop in the river has come to be known as Bangkok's Green Lung and is a popular retreat for cyclists and nature lovers. And I hoped, fruit lovers.

Could there be durians growing this close to downtown Bangkok? I had to check this out.

What To Do When It's Not Durian Season In Terrenganu, Malaysia

I've just started to realize that travel involves a lot of planning ahead. Silly that I'm just figuring this out three years down the road, right? 

And sometimes, even the most carefully researched trips still don't work out the way you plan. Which is how we found ourselves in Terrenganu when the durian season was clearly over. 

Four Georgetown Durian Restaurants To Satiate Your Hunger | Penang, Malaysia

I was at Jelutong Market with some friends when it started raining.

The sky was dark, and it looked like our plan to hike up Penang Hill wasn't going to happen.

Instead, we decided to get our exercise scurrying from durian stall to durian stall between bursts of showers. We ended up visiting (and eating at) four durian stalls in downtown Georgetown within a few hours.

What better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon?

Eat-All-You-Can Durian Buffet in Penang, Malaysia

Penang is just a little bit snobby about its durian.

Yes, they have some of the best durian I've ever tasted, but at prices so high that it can be hard to really feel satiated.

So when a friend told me about this All-You-Can-Eat durian restaurant in Georgetown, I definitely wanted to visit.

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