Kampot is a province and a small town in Cambodia’s far south, near the Thai Sea and only a few kilometers from the Vietnamese border. It’s famous for growing black pepper, being one of the Khmer Rouge’s last strongholds, and producing a lot of durian for export to Vietnam. The city is a popular weekend […]
Fast Facts About Cambodia's Durian
Many, but not all durians you see being sold crossed the border from Thailand and Vietnam. These tend to be lower quality than Cambodian-grown durians.
The durian called "Oyekak" is the same as Thailand's "Chanee."
Native Cambodian durian varieties include Ang Siam, Nungoi, Laichee, Jouhot, and Dongkat. One of my favorites is Nungoi.
There are three main durian-growing regions in Cambodia: Kampot and Kep, Kampong Cham and Meimut, and around Battambang.
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