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Moments in time

Bhutan

Moments in time

Ryandall Lim pieces together a memorable picture of Bhutan from a collection of unexpected snapshots

On the road to happiness

Bhutan

On the road to happiness

Craig McTurk is charmed by the friendly people and colourful cultural festivities of Bhutan as he travels through the remote country

Floating over Bhutan

Bhutan

Floating over Bhutan

There is a new way to experience the exotic kingdom – in a hot-air balloon

感受不丹的纯朴幸福

Bhutan

感受不丹的纯朴幸福

不丹是内陆国家,人烟稀少,别称“雷龙之国”,也有人称它为最后的香格里拉。一直到20世纪60年...

Land of chilli cheese

Bhutan

Land of chilli cheese

Bhutan’s national dish – spicy green chilli with melted cheese – is an acquired taste for Dr Mary Ann Tsao

Land of happiness

Bhutan

Land of happiness

Simon Tan sheds his worries and enjoys his visit to Bhutan

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A magical kingdom

February 03, 2012, Bhutan

A magical kingdom

Bhutan more than lives up to expectations, says MICHAEL CHIANG

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Enjoy durians at the source in Penang

IF YOU’RE headed to Penang this month and you’re a hardcore durian fan, then you’d want to hit the durian farms in Balik Pulau to feast rather than settle for stalls in town.

Farther away from the city centre, the price of durians at the farms are by the kilogram.

You could even make an enlightening eco-excursion out of it, rather than just have a durian buffet.

Farms such as Green Acres and Bao Sheng Durian Farm offer a different proposition, as their fees include a tour and discussion on sustainable farming and durian growing.

It’s better to call ahead to “book” your timing, especially if your party is large. Okay Jungle Durians is a good place to start as it has a range of kampung, or “wild”, durians and branded durians, and it’s easy to get to.

Green Acres is more of an adventure, and is located about a 10-minute drive up the narrow road after Okay Jungle Durians. It’s well worth a visit, though, for the experience and the views. You definitely have to book ahead. For RM80 (S$28.50) per person, visitors get a tour of the farm and unlimited supply of whatever fruit are in season.

For a pleasant, leisurely durian eating experience, Stone House on the other side of Balik Pulau has a large porch filled with about nine big tables for you to have your buffet of durians. The setting is also very idyllic, with a view of Stone House’s landscaped grounds.

Lastly, both amateurs and connoisseurs should head to Bao Sheng Durian Farm, also on the Sungai Pinang side, if they really want to find out about Penang’s durians. The farm is one of the first to go organic, and Chang Teik Seng, or Ah Seng as he’s called, is an excellent “teacher” of all things durian. The farm is located in Sungai Pinang, on the road towards Teluk Bahang or Batu Feringghi.

It offers a “two-hour pass” which includes a 15-minute farm tour, tropical fruit and unlimited durians in two hours.

There are four sessions daily: 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Prices start from RM55 for all varieties of young trees, RM75 for trees more than 40 years old and RM120 to include newly dropped durians for that “numb” taste.

- OKAY JUNGLE DURIANS
Titi Serong, Balik Pulau;
GPS: 5°19’48.4”N 100°13’01.5”E
Contact Mr Choy on +6012-571-1557

‡‡- GREEN ACRES
GPS: 5°22’17.0”N 100°14’57.6”E
Contact Kim on +6012-428-6368 or
e-mail greenacrespenang@gmail.com

‡‡- STONE HOUSE
127, Mukim 2, Sungai Pinang;
GPS: 5°23’54.0”N 100°12’50.3”E
Contact Mr Tan on +6012-538-5128

‡‡- BAO SHENG DURIAN FARM
Sungai Pinang;
GPS: N 5.24. 1755 E 100.13.165
Contact +6012-411-0600/
+6012-401-0800 to book your time slot

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