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Cape Winelands, South Africa

Vineyard adventures

The Cape Winelands of South Africa offer more things to do than those that are grape-related

Full bloom in South Africa

South Africa

Full bloom in South Africa

Its vast and diverse landscape is prettiest in spring, when skies are blue and wildflowers blossom

Legend of the falls

South Africa

Legend of the falls

From flying in a microlight to walking wild animals, it is hard to run out of things to do in Livingstone, Zambia, home to Victoria Falls

Cheap food worth going to prison for

Cape Town, South Africa

Cheap food worth going to prison for

CAPE Town is known for the diversity of its restaurants, but the strangest has to be at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, ...

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Cape of Renewed Hope

May 18, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape of Renewed Hope

Chic and sophisticated Cape Town is an often overlooked tourist destination by travellers from this region, but with its beautiful beaches, ...

Africa Dreaming

November 30, 2013, South Africa

Africa Dreaming

A design language is developing in the African plains, one that celebrates its natural wonders as much as it is minimalist. The luxe campsit...

From Bunny to Boerewors

November 30, 2013, South Africa

From Bunny to Boerewors

Time to wrap your tongues around the wonderful dishes that make up South African cuisine – and expect more than just a charred springbok f...

Glam Up Your Safari

November 30, 2013, South Africa

Glam Up Your Safari

It may come as a surprise, but Africa’s bush camps often make the top 10 lists of luxury travel accommodation. Not only are they never...

One Safari, Many ways

November 30, 2013, South Africa

One Safari, Many ways

Drifting in a mokoro around the Okavango Delta, all I see are aquatic birds resting by the water as hippos move languidly under a blue, blue...

Shiny, Happy People

November 30, 2013, South Africa

Shiny, Happy People

In traditional gear and culture, the Maasai and Sambura peoples add a rainbow of colour to Kenya’s swathes of nature, while Zambia’s Mus...

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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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