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Durian on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

Posted by Durianwriter on 19/11/2013 at 02:19

I'm hoping to buy direct from the farm. Anyone have the contact details for durian farmers in Koh Phangan or Koh Samui? If all else fails, what's the best markets to go to? Thanks :)

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Posted by amnicoll on 19/11/2013 at 06:12

Check when they are in season in the area - enjoy a wonderful fruit

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 19/11/2013 at 09:44

Lots of hotels don't allow them though so you will need to eat them outside. I prefer mangosteens, purple dragonfruit and rambutans.

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Posted by DLuek on 19/11/2013 at 21:53 TF writer

I can't answer your question about Pha Ngan / Samui, but if you're really serious about durian (and judging by your screen name, you are), you should go to Rayong / Chanthaburi provinces in eastern Thailand between May and August. Some of the best durian in the world comes from these provinces, and there are tons of farms (though don't ask me to specify any). There's also an annual durian festival in Chanthaburi in May. Very good durian also comes from Ang Thong province. In Bangkok, the best place for durian is Or Tor Kor market. Farms from Chanthaburi and Rayong have their own stands there. Here's some more info: https://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2012/06/21/durian-king-of-thai-fruits/

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 20/11/2013 at 09:08

Best durian in the world? Does it really differ that much? I can't see how a farm in Chanthaburi is going to be any better - just more of them.

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Posted by Durianwriter on 20/11/2013 at 16:14

I do like Chanthaburi durians but I wouldn't say there is much special about them except you can get more (and better) varieties than in some other places.

Check out my pictures from 2013 Chanthaburi Durian Festival: http://www.yearofthedurian.com/2013/06/chanthaburi-durian-festival-in-rain.html

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Posted by Tilapia on 20/11/2013 at 16:46

I used to work for the Thai Dept. of Agricultural Extension in Prachinburi, and our office worked extensively with organic durian growers in that province. The durian they produced were fantastic! But they weren't as good as some of the non-commercially grown varieties that came from Nonthaburi. There's a farm there that has all species of durian that grow in the country. It's a last bastion for many of the species that have disappeared due to floods, land-development, etc. I can't remember the name of the farm but can probably dig it up if you're really interested.

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Posted by Durianwriter on 20/11/2013 at 19:39

Dear Tilapia,
Thank you!! That is precisely the information I am looking. Wow, great to have an inside source :) I will PM you as well. .

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