Thailand Travel: Thai fruits to try on your vacation
Travelling to a tropical country like Thailand means there’s an endless list of fresh and delicious fruits to try anywhere you go. Even in the bustling capital city of Bangkok, fruits are cheap and are sold in night markets and even malls. So if you’re planning to visit Thailand, we have today’s Thailand travel blog to guide you on the Thai fruits you need to try on your vacation!
Famed for its unique odour, distinctive size and thorn-covered husk, durian is a fruit popular not just in Thailand but the rest of Southeast Asia as well. It is known as Southeast Asia’s “king of fruits” which grows up to 12 inches long and 6 inches in diameter. Although it is a famous fruit in Thailand, some hotels and public transportation have banned bringing durian because of its distinct smell which is regarded by some as fragrant as others find it offensive. But despite its reputation, durian is even made as an ice cream, a smoothie and even crispy durians are popular souvenirs.
Mangosteen, commonly known as the “Queen of fruits” in Malaysia and Singapore is a local fruit in Thailand that is difficult to find. During the ancient Thai Dynasty, Mangosteen is one of the fruits of the diplomatic corps. It has a sweet and sour taste and is believed to have “cooling” properties and has many health benefits to the body!
Your Thailand travel experience will never be complete without having mangoes. If you haven’t tried one yet, here’s your chance to get a taste of one of Thailand’s most loved fruits! Mangoes are one of the most popular fruits in Thailand and can be found in Bangkok attractions such as night markets where they sell ripe mangoes with sticky rice and coconut milk, and green mangoes with salt and chili. You can taste the best mangoes in Thailand from April to May, during its season.
The next tropical fruit featured in our Thailand travel guide is rambutan – a round to oval drupe that is 3 – 6cm tall and around 3 – 4cm wide. It’s a delicious fruit that is bright red in colour and covered with fleshy elastic spines. To be able to pick quality rambutans during your Thailand travel adventure, buy those that are still attached to their branches which makes them less likely to rot and will remain fresh for a much longer period of time!
In Thailand, they use ripe papayas in making Som Tam – the famous green papaya salad loved by many. Papayas’ taste is quite similar to that of pineapples and peach with a little less sour. The texture is soft and the sweet is taste – a tropical fruit that is loved by many foreign tourists.
A lychee is a fruit that is 3 – 4 cm long and 3 cm in diameter. It has a pink to red roughly textured outer layer with a sweet taste translucent flesh on the inside. Lychees are found in many desserts and are rich in vitamin C. Its season starts from March to July so if you’re flying to Thailand within these months, make sure to include these on your Bangkok shopping list!
Longan Thai fruit is sweet in taste and is similar to lychee. Although it is not available all-year round, it is among the fruits that both locals and foreign tourists love to eat in Thailand. Longans are in season from August to November. Thai people also love to combine Longans with other food and desserts.
Pomegranates are popular in Thailand as they use it to produce pomegranate juice which is high in vitamin C and contains minerals that are beneficial to the body. It’s a refreshing juice that can help you cool down after hours of wandering through the streets of Bangkok.
Last but definitely not the least for today’s Thailand travel guide is the dragon fruit! This odd looking fruit has a mildly sweet skin but its flesh is bland in taste. Because of this, dragon fruits are often eaten to help cleanse the palate after eating a spicy food. It is healthy and is low in calories which is why it is one of the most loved fruits in the country!
If you want to complete your itinerary and want to know places to visit in Bangkok and other things to do in Thailand, you can read through our Thailand travel guides and plan your Bangkok travel adventure soon!