How Durian Tours Started
In 2014, my friend Roy asked if I could take him durian hunting. This website was 3 years old and my book, The Durian Tourist’s Guide to Thailand, had just been published.
I agreed. It sounded fun to take a friend out to a place I loved, show them some beautiful views, introduce them to durian farmers and eat my favorite durians together.
He invited his friends, and soon we had a full van of hungry durian lovers who soon became my friends too.
That’s how I started leading Durian Tours.
Soon, I was getting frequent requests from readers of this website to take them with me too. I decided to put together tours to highlight my favorite durian-growing regions, farmers, and of course durians.
The first official Durian Tours launched in 2015, and now its like A Thing That Happens Every Year! Life is such a surprise.
For Durian Lovers ONLY
These tours are designed for the hard core, the fanatical, the truly obsessed, the durian LOVERS who want to dive in to durian and durian culture with both hands. Double fisting durian on these tours is totally good etiquette.
We use durian as the backbone of the trip, traveling from one good durian-growing region to another and organizing our day around farms and stalls with something exceptionally tasty. By the end of the tour, you should have learned:
- The RANGE of flavors available in a country
- The major VARIETIES available in a country, and their own range of flavors and textures
- The TERROIR of different regions and how the landscape changes and affects durian flavor
- The TECHNIQUES used by durian farmers and sellers to achieve different preferred flavors
- How to SELECT the perfect durian for you and your friends, according to your taste buds.
Tour dates are announced when the durians begin setting fruit, 2-3 months before departure. This year’s group tours:
This tasting tour is all about flavor. Each day is dedicated to exploring a new facet of the many diverse aromas, colors and flavors of Thailand’s durian. There’s more durian diversity than you dreamed! And it tastes pretty good too…
Join an adventurous bunch of durian-loving health and fitness enthusiasts to bask in the natural beauty of Penang, Malaysia. An unlimited bounty of premium quality durian is at your fingers tips, as well as other tropical fruits and local-style vegan cuisine with the authentic flavors of Malaysia.
Malaysia offers some of the best durian and best adventures in the world. Each day is dedicated to exploring a new variety, a new farm, a new place, and a new facet of this amazing, diverse and beautiful country and its durians…read more.
What Durian Lovers Say
“Very well planned out, rest assure, sign up & really enjoy urself” id say that. and “fully loaded, REALLY BE READY, u have to like durian:) its worthy of college credit :)” – Malaysia, 2017
“Action-packed, adventurous, delicious, fun, opportunity to see places that would be difficult to find on your own” – Malaysia, 2017
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These tours are small, and I always announce them to my Durian Insiders first. So if you’re serious about coming, make sure to join my mailing list!