1. Kenneth Joncha says

    My wife i Chinese and actually loves the taste of durian. She has bought a fresh one and opened it up in the kitchen and I was simply disgusted!!! It stinks to high heaven! She just laughed at me and continued to eat it. Yesterday, she brought home some frozen durian. She dared me to try it. She told me that I could easily spit it out into the sink. I did actually try it and thought that I was going to throw up! It was horrible!!! Did taste like what I would have imagine dog poop would have tasted like. I do not advise anyone to ever try it. It is really terrible!!!!

  2. Old Mama says

    LOL, enjoyed your bold story! As someone who is really repulsed and allergic to artificial products, natural odors are annoying sometimes, but not setting off the histamines like perfumes, cleaning products, bleach, other petroleum products etc. but I would not be happy to have a room that stinks (cigarettes). Having not been in Asia, I have not encountered these fruits, so how would you describe these horrific odors? Are they like rotting meat? Old person’s butt? Bad body odors? Dog poo? Ha, just wondering in case I travel that direction, which might happen…

  3. Cihan Simsek says

    Well, this article has been written from the point of view of a durian fan, who says “you don’t have to worry about getting fined for durian”. how about others like me who hate the smell and can’t stand with it? they do worry about durian carriers in spite of the signs not to be fined, and think that it must be illegal with severe consequences.

  4. Scott Kauffman says

    Love this post! It makes me want to get on a Miami metro bus and open an entire container of frozen durian just to see what happens!!!! I’m pretty sure they don’t have any “no durian” signs posted 🙂

  5. azam says


    As a Malaysian, I think the main reason for hotels to prohibit durians in rooms is because the smell lingers for a long time, which may cause discomfort to next guest who checks into the same room. Of course, they can use Febreeze but the smell may still be there for quite a time. Moreover, the room does feel like 'used' and not 'fresh' to the next guest, which may affect their experience.

    As for mangosteens, the purple juice from the fruit may stain hotel bedsheets, curtains, etc which are predominantly white and/or light-coloured. Sap/sticky thingy from cempedaks and jackfruits are hard to be cleaned as well.

  6. Franca says

    Even if I'm not in Asia anymore and I won't be taking any risk trying to get a smelly durian in a guest house, this is still very interesting to know. Oh man, I miss durian so much!

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