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World Durian Festival: An Annual Event in Chanthaburi

May 31, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

During this time of the year, durian, which is recognized as the “king of tropical fruits,” is flooding the market. It is grown in abundance in Chanthaburi province, on the Gulf of Thailand.

Chanthaburi organizes a World Durian Festival each year to promote durian consumption and introduce its tourist attractions and local products.

The World Durian Festival 2014 will take place at Thung Na Choei Lagoon and Chanthaburi Stadium from 30 May to 8 June. The opening ceremony is scheduled for May 31 at 5:00 p.m. at the Chanthaburi City Municipality, with a spectacular procession of Chanthaburi fruit and other products.

Chanthaburi Governor Kriengdej Khemthong said that both local and international tourists would be encouraged to visit Chanthaburi, which is well-known for a variety of fresh fruit and processed fruit. The World Durian Festival will help stimulate the local economy and generate income for farmers.

It will feature an exhibition of famous products from 10 districts of Chanthaburi, a bazaar of local products and fruit, contests of fresh fruit and processed fruit, fruit-eating and seafood-eating competitions, a food fair, sales of gems and jewelry, and cultural shows. 

Visitors will see rafts decorated with fruit and locally made products that make a name for Chanthaburi. A special program will also be arranged to take tourists to visit fruit orchards and taste various kinds of fruit. The period between April and July is the tropical fruit season, when fruit varieties are in their peak period.

The durian season is from April to June in the eastern region and from June to August in the southern region. A favorite fruit in many Asian countries, especially China, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam, durian has a heavy, spiked husk and a full-bodied taste. It is a fruit unique to Southeast Asia. Thai durian varieties have been noted for their relatively subtle flavor and smooth texture. This kind of fruit is also high in vitamin A, calcium, and phosphorus. Because of its pungent smell, however, durian is usually banned from being carried on public transport.

About 245 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, Chanthaburi is known as the only province in Thailand, and in the world, where the majority of farmers are engaged in durian production. The planting area for durian in this province is more than 279,000 rai, or 131,600 acres.

Chanthaburi has set a vision to become a trading center for organic fruit and one of the world’s most important processing and trading centers for top-quality gemstones. Apart from durian, other fruit resources that make a name for the province include rambutan, mangosteen, and zalacca. The full cycle of the durian business, ranging from growing to exporting, takes place in Chanthaburi, which holds fruit fairs each year to promote its fruit production and sales.

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