Oops. It’s already May, and if it were any other normal durian year, durians would be dropping in Malaysia and I’d be apologizing to all you durian munchers for being so tardy in releasing the Malaysia 2019 Durian Guide. Luckily durians are late this year too. Keep scrolling down to see lists of recommended durian […]
Kuala Lumpur or "K.L" is an incredibly diverse and colorful city of 1.5 million people, so probably 1.2 million durian lovers. People really love durian here!
Many backpackers choose to stay in Chinatown because of the cheap accommodations and bustling night market. This is where I usually stay, in part because it's close to the huge Botanic Gardens with a lake loop good for running.
Another popular area is Bukit Bintang, an upper scale shopping area about a mile away populated by huge malls and a popular food market at Jalan Alor.
I recommend using Couchsurfing, Airbnb or Agoda to find a place to stay.
Both these areas have durian all year, but you will pay the price in Ringgit of not adventuring to the neighborhood durian stalls in the suburbs.
From K.L., the closest durian farms are only a 45 minute drive away in Bentong. You can also go a little further afield to Karak or Raub. Buses leave from the Perkeliling Station.
See more stories and advice about finding durian in K.L. in the articles below.
When I tell you where I ate my 10 best durians of the year, I’m telling you a story about me. “Best durian” are deeply personal. They’re where I was and what I was doing and what was important to me when I ate them. This post, The 10 Best Durian of 2017 is essentially […]
Guide Contents About This Guide Arriving and Leaving Kuala Lumpur Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur My Travel Gear Common Durians Varieties in Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur durian Stalls Other Things To Do How To Get Around Malaysia Durian Map About this Kuala Lumpur Durian Guide I admit it; Malaysia stole my heart five years […]
Another Kuala Lumpur durian stall? Of course! Durian is to K.L. what hot dogs are to New York, especially when it’s durian season. As even hot dog connoisseurs know, the most famous places to get your D aren’t in the downtown. They’re in the suburbs. As I’m getting more comfortable in Malaysia, I’m also getting […]
Like most people I know these days, I met Dan because durian. Dan regularly posts on Facebook groups for durian lovers (yes, these exist) but it took me a little while to figure out that not only was Dan eating durian, he also sources and sells them at his tidy little restaurant in Kota Damansara, on […]
In Malaysia, the jungle is never that far away. Even in KL, a city of 1.5 million people, you can take a 30 minute drive and hit some pretty jungle-ey stuff, where wild durian species like Durio oxleyanus and Durio lowianus and other botanical oddities can be purchased at stalls along narrow country lanes. These are […]
Everybody’s a special snowflake these days — maybe especially durians. These times are rift with Musang King and Red Prawn fever, where every durian eater plays favorites, but some of the Malaysia’s most special wild durians get forgotten. Here are four highly individual varieties of a wild durian species, Durio lowianus, that I ate recently […]
“Say what?” we joked in the car as we spiraled through Kuala Lumpur’s serpentine highway system. Viewed from on a map from above, Kuala Lumpur looks like an octopus that tangoed with too much uranium. The roads U-turn and merge and U-turn again. But with a little help from Googlemaps and a sense of adventure, […]
I love wandering into the most random of places. These are the spaces that just exist, and people live there. There’s no overt or covert attractions, but in some some ways these places are more interesting than the Malaccas and Phukets and Orlandos of the world. Especially if they’ve got Black Thorn durian. Durian makes no promises, but […]