Thursday, July 8, 2010


When durian stalls (similar to the below) start to sprout up along the main road of Balik Pulau, it s plain as day that the much anticipated durian season has commenced in Penang. The durian season in Penang typically begins in mid of May and ends in mid of July.

I happened to be in town at the onset of the durian season this year and decided to pay a visit to the Bao Sheng Durian Farm. Pay a mere RM25 per pax and you get to savour the king of fruits to your hearts content. I was enticed to part with an additional RM10 to be in the company of some thorny celebrities like Red Prawn, Centipede, Water Gourd and many others. The buffet experience included an educational short tour of the orchard, led by Mr Chang Teik Seng himself.

Within his orchard, Mr Chang had even erected two fully equipped Durian Villas to entice the durian lovers to spend the night with nature for RM180 per villa per night. No points for guessing correctly what Bao Sheng will be serving for breakfast the next morning!

Bao Sheng Durian Farm (寶盛榴槤園)

Address: 150 MK.2, Sungai Pinang, 11010 Balik Pulau, Penang.
Contact number: 012-411 0600 or 012-401 0800
Reservation: Not required.
Opening hours: 11.00am - 7.30pm.
Cuisine: N/A.
Must order: N/A
Must not order: N/A.
Budget for 4 pax: RM100 - M140.

My verdict: 3 stars.

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