Rayong Fruit Festival 2015 | Rayong, Thailand

The province of Rayong doesn't get enough durian credit. It's located just next door to Chanthaburi, Thailand's attention-hogging durian capitol, and grows enough durian that any of you fanatics should sit up and take notice.

Rayong is the second largest producer of durian in Thailand, and they put on their own celebration of the King of Fruits every May around the same time as the festival in Chanthaburi. It's odd how some places or events get really famous, while others are either forgotten or never discovered.

Green Acres Organic Durian Eco-Retreat | Penang, Malaysia

Wow, I kept repeating. For once, I wasn't talking about the durian. I was talking about the durian farm.

Last summer, my friend Ryan and I visited Green Acres, an eco-retreat center built on an organic durian farm. I've visited more than my share of pretty awesome durian farms, but right away I knew this solar-powered, off-the-grid farm was in another league of coolness.

And yes, that is a durian tree house. My unfulfilled childhood dreams just died of happiness.

A Durian Map of Koh Phangan Because I Can | Koh Phangan, Thailand

View from Khao Ra

Last fall, Rob and I took up residence on Koh Phangan, Thailand. It wasn't durian season, and for lack of something better to do I began recording the GPS of every durian tree I found. This baffled Rob. "What exactly, " he said, "Are you going to do with that? How will that ever be useful?"

"Hmmmm," I said. "I don't know. But I bet if I put it on the blog, someone will have a good idea."

Four Interspecies Hybrids of Durian | Banyuwangi, Java

Fairy tales are full of inter-species hybrids. Centaurs, sphinxes, mermaids, griffins -  how many Harry Potter plots depend on these unlikely anatomical mix and matches?

Real-life hybrids sound like just as much fantastical fun. Their names are slangy portmanteaus that give just enough of description to push our imaginations into action. Zebroid. Liger. Aprium. Pluot. Tangelo. Rabbage.

It's unforgivable that no one has come up with a good name for interspecies hybrids of durian. I mean, D. graveolens x D. zibethinus x D. kutjensis? Come on.

Durian Sibadak at Luwus Horticultural Research Center | Luwus, Bali

Rob and I first visited the Luwus Horticultural Research Station back in 2012, on our first trip to Bali. It was here that we first tasted a Thai style durian, a wonderfully yellow Kani (Thai Chanee) that still haunts me as one of the best durians I've ever had. It was definitely the best durian I'd had at that point in my life.  It had just fallen off the tree. It was luck. 

We didn't get lucky with Kani this time, but we did get to taste a durian from the station's oldest tree - Sibadak. 

Where To Go For Durian Abundance in Bali | Luwus, Bali

Luwus is unmistakable as you zip northwards on your normal tourism activities around Bali.

Suddenly you'll pass a durian stall and feel your adrenaline start pumping. But don't slam on the breaks - soon you'll see another durian stall, and another, and another, and another, and then you're in Luwus and there are durians freaking everywhere.

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