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All year durian, no season in thailand, LANGSUAN

 

Durian Hunt,

 

I Got a lead from someone about ALL YEAR durians available 24/7.....bigger commercial scene than Chanthiburi, where they hold the World Durian festival!....i decided to go for it....

I headed from Ko phagan by 3hour speed boat to Dosak pier,

then 2 hr Bus to railroad station,

then 2 hr train to Langsuan.

 

"ITs not the season", or 'me-me', or 'mae-mae',  i keep hearing as i am hunting for durians around Langswan markets in the city (plenty yummy sugar cane juice BTW)......

I  almost gave up, but then i kept walking out to the main busy highway because someone reminded me this may be worth checking......i walked 30 minutes (towards Bangkok direction)....many busses and trucks and fumes to enjoy.

On this busy highway, (approx halfway between Surattani and Chumpon) are Thousands and Thousands of durians now! (off season, april). 

For approx one kilometer on both sides of the highway, you will find PILES of durians for sale by 50 plus sellers. 

Mostly Monthong and Chanee, and i did see Ganyaou, maybe Gerdom and/or some other.  

Also, you will find thousands of rambutan and mangosteens and snakefruit and some other random fruits like mangos and bananas, etc..

Prices: 30baht/kg for the really ripe splitters, or 40-50baht for the perfectly delicious Monthongs.

 

 Directly behind the sellers are several eateries and other commercial busyness stuff.  Further behind those are several huge wharehouse type places for durians, some had big piles inside, but it seems as though the July and August season would be 'off the richtor' scale full of durians.  If you need a hotel as a landmark or to sleep there is a 6 story hotel called AUYCHAI GRAND hotel, 600baht/night.....felt like 4star.  There are  

 several kareoke bars and small disco type places with ladies out front.  I saw one massage place nearby also.

I woke up  the next day and ate mangosteens for breakfast and brought a Nice smelling Monthong with me as I headed to the Beach 10 km away.....50baht ride in open air truck from Langswan.. 

The beach is wonderful and empty with lots of sand.  There is a small city here 400meters from beach with mangos, bananas, watermelons, coconuts, etc...

The people around here are very interested it seems...lots of attention in a nice way....several "Hellos"....but mostly stares of curiousity as this place doesnt get many westerners. 

Theres a busy river with lots of fisherman around and one internet cafe, and a few cool temples and one big budha statue. 

The mangos here are lemonlime super juicy smaller type.  ....All the durian seems to stay out there on that highway though, they have huge baskets forsale of unripe, that may be an idea to bring.

 

Easy and nice places to hang a hammock on the beach and sleep overnight.....other small accomodation most likely around this beach.  Back in Langsuan there is a cheaper place near the city market i saw.

 

The durians are divine and the selection is huge around Langsuan.....get the word out....a Yearlong option in Thailand that i never new about...

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Comment by junggle on April 26, 2012 at 10:43pm

what dates is the chanthaburi durian festival 2012?

im thinking about going there

Comment by Raw Aussie Athlete on April 21, 2012 at 11:22am

Thanks for sharing the info Darrick.

I'm glad your durian adventures bring you endless surprises!
Hopefully what Lindsay said means they don't need to use chemicals for the year round King!

Comment by govinda taylor on April 21, 2012 at 8:25am

Brother D, Hpwsit?

Nice to see you are still on the durian trail. Keep the faith! I was planning on Chanthaburi this May but it looks more like Penang time in June Will you be around? 

Comment by Durianwriter on April 21, 2012 at 12:02am

Thanks Darrick! I met a government scientist from that area, who invited me to visit so we will def. be there later next month. He said they have new technology to grow durian all year round without killing the trees, in Indonesia they also can make durian all year using some chemicals but this will kill the tree. The new technology has to do with trimming the flowers off when its normal durian season, which spurs the tree to make flowers again later for off-season fruits. I am excited to find out more!

To read more about our durian adventures, go to durianyear.blogspot.com

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