If you ask my mom to name her favorite foods in Bangkok, she’d start rattling off a long list, “durian, rambutan, longan, lychee, mangosteen…” allllll fruits, and indeed, we ate plenty of fruit that week!

Fruits that are typically expensive or infrequently found in Hawaii overflood the produce section in Bangkok supermarkets and everywhere you turn, street vendors push carts filled with these sweet jewels.

A pound of fruit often costed less than a bottle of water!

The floating market just an hour outside of Bangkok.


Rambutan Innards


Lychee Innards

Mangosteens from a Chinatown vendor

Mangosteen Innards

And the best fruit ever…DURIAN!

Of all the fruits I could have eaten, durian remained my steady favorite. I loved it so much that we bought an entire fresh durian at the market and had them chop it up so I could take it back to the hotel.

Needless to say, we stunk up the taxi and hotel room. But I suppose ‘stunk up’ is rather subjective, cause to me, the scent of durian is mighty attractive! I like my durian cold, soft and creamy.

It has the texture of pudding in your mouth and the velvety mouthfeel of whipped avocados. A frozen durian in Hawaii runs near $15, and you can forget about finding a fresh one.

  • anonymous
    June 25, 2007

    Look at all that luscious stuff! It’s a dang shame that you can’t get fresh durian in Hawaii (or Italy for that matter) because that’s the only fruit that I still have yet to taste! Lychees are affordable here, but mangosteens? Forget it! Apples and grapes, on the other hand, are practically given to you. Maddie adores apples!

  • anonymous
    June 25, 2007

    The mangosteens (my favourites!) look so beautiful in your photo – they’re never that good in London. Instead, they’ll be old and bruised. :(

  • Madam Chow
    June 25, 2007

    I visited Thailand 11 years ago, and I really enjoyed it. Like you, I thought durians were tasty, and I didn’t think they smelled that bad at all!

  • susan
    June 25, 2007

    I remember when I first ate a mangosteen in thailand and it was so good. Then I couldn’t find them anywhere down south for some reason. Hopefully there will be plenty around when i go there this time. Never tried durian or smelt it before, I might have to give it a go this time.

  • KirkK
    June 26, 2007

    Thet let you back in the hotel with durian!!! ;o)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    June 26, 2007

    Hey Rowena!oh man, did you say grapes?? it’s funny cause out of all the fruits in bangkok, grapes were the most expensive! make sure to taste durian when you have the chance, it’s magical!! :)Hey Su-lin!hehe, same goes for Hawaii! They have it every once in a while in Chinatown, but they’re always old and extremely pricy!Hey Madam Chow!Durian really doesn’t deserve this bad reputation, it doesn’t stink at all to me…or maybe we’re just one of the few who think the same, hehe :)Hey Susan!We find mangosteens once in a while in Hawaii, but the prices are crazy! They run about $12 a pound in Hawaii, whereas in Bangkok, we got 2 kilos for less than $1! And if you every encounter the durian, yes, do try! :)Hey Kirk!hehe, I had to sort of smuggle it in…but it all worked out! :)

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