Vacations come in categories. Do you like beach or adventure? Spa or jungle? But what if you like both? What if your vacation ideal is as oxymoronic as relaxing poolside, cocktail in hand, surrounded by a 25 lai durian orchard in the mountains where you might see a Horn Bill sitting on your front porch […]
Fast Facts About Malaysia's Durian:
Malaysian durians are always harvested fully ripe, after being permitted to fall.
There are officially 134 varieties of durian registered with the government, numbered D1-D200, with some registered durians missing.
The most recently registered durian is D200, Black Thorn (Ocee).
The most popular durians in Malaysia are Musang King, D24, and Red Prawn.
I’m writing this post from inside Ploy Chan Durian Cafe in Chanthaburi. Behind me the walls are painted with durian murals and motifs representing real Chanthaburi varieties – Thongyoi, E-lip, Sarikei, Khiao Tam Lueng – the same rare varieties currently sitting in a basket on the floor waiting for customers. There’s coffee and sweet fruit […]
Black Thorn is not expensive on Suling Hill. When the rest are selling at Rm65 per kg plus (in 2019, prices reached Rm115 in some places) Mr. Ong has stuck his price at an impossibly low Rm40 per kilo and is sticking by that decision. Because making money is not the intention of this small […]
There came a point July, 2019, when I swore I needed a day off of durian. It had been durian every day for months, with the whole range of flowery sweet, nutty, chocolatey, egg-cream, and deep alcoholic whiskey. I thought we’d run the whole gamut of durian flavor. And then we tried Tupai King, and […]
When you have a little durian idea, sometimes it grows into a big durian idea. Life can be so surprising! And so has the 8321 Durian Buffet on Penang Island, which has grown from a summer side-gig to a packaged tour partnered with Air Asia. About 8321 Durian Stall in Batu Ferringhi I first met […]
2020 is turning into a weird and uncertain year. Not just because we have no idea when the Covid-19 Crisis will end, we also have no idea when the 2020 Malaysia Durian Season will end. Buckle up, Durian Lovers, this is going to be a long one! The D on the 2020 Malaysia Durian Season […]
Down in the durian valley behind Bao Sheng Durian Farm and up the Sungai Pinang creek from the little village is a small farmstay perfect for those who love peace, quiet, and little meditation before their durian smorgasbord. It’s your own personal durian retreat! Video Tour About The Metta Lodge Durian Retreat Metta Lodge is […]
These days, you can make a lot of money from planting durian. But farmers who are in the durian business for love, and not money, grow better tasting durian – I swear there’s something to it. Maybe that’s why Suan Khun Paitoon is one of the few places you can get a Monthong durian buffet […]
The words “Durian Ice Cream” caught Richard’s eye the moment we entered the small village of Dan Mai on the east coast of Koh Chang Island. We usually assume that, as vegans, durian ice cream is off limits — but that never stops Richard from hoping. We always look at durian ice creams, just in […]
Limbang is the Suluk Durian Kingdom of amazing orange, yellow, red and sometimes marbled hybrids of D. zibethinus and D. graveolens. But they’re not just random trees — there are grafted Suluk hybrids, just like Musang King or Black Thorn or Puangmanee. Behind each durian is a story — and behind this flaming sunset durian […]
I used to stay at an Airbnb apartment near Taman Foh Sang. I walked through the triangle of shops every day on my way to the gym, and every day on my way back, but because I always went in the late morning or early afternoon I never saw any durian there. That’s because the […]
About Sri Aman, The City of Peace Sri Aman is a small city facing the Batang Lupar River in a wide, bumpy agricultural plain meandering into the pepper-filled mountains of the Indonesian border. It’s a city populated primarily by ethnic Ibans, with a strong Chinese influence. There’s a Quan Yin Temple on the riverbank, plenty […]