Jun 21, 2012

Penang with Buddies - Part 2

If you haven't read about all the fun we kids had so far in Penang, you should. And you can do it by clicking HERE

Since all of us kids have had our share of fun on Day 2, it was time for the adults to have fun too - in the form of DURIANS! It's currently the Durian season in Penang and the adults reckoned there was no better place to indulge in these thorny fruits than at a durian plantation.

We drove to Bao Sheng Durian Farm, which is in the Balik Pulau area - not too far from our hotel in Batu Ferringhi actually. Do note that the road leading to the farm is pretty windy and narrow but there was no stopping us when it comes to durians!

The Farm is situated atop of a hilly region, and we had to navigate a steep slope down after we parked the van. But the view from the Farm was definitely worth all the effort! Or least that holds true for the adults.

There was a very nice sheltered pondok, where patrons could enjoy licking durian flesh off their fingers while enjoying the superb view.

And when it came to selecting what kind of durians to consume, there were no lack of choices.

3 different kinds of Durian buffets available, each with different types of durians on offer. There's even Durian Tours conducted every morning and evening. But what was probably even more amazing was one could even book a villa there for RM180 a night.

And it even comes with your own private pool!

But enough of that. The adults couldn't wait to get started on these babies.

They decided they wouldn't go for the Durian Buffet in the end, as they weren't sure if they could eat their money's worth. Heh. So they opted for an a la carte order of 5 different types of durians.

First up - the Kun Poh Ang Bak.

This one has creamy and bitter-sweet taste, with thick flesh and small seeds. The boss of the place said that this one goes best with coffee.

The next one the adults had was the Little Red.

It is creamy, but more moist the one before. It also tasted sweeter, with a slight hint of bitterness.

The Green Skin Ang Bak was next in line.

Compare to the first 2, it is less creamy and sweeter. The boss also mentioned that if the durian flesh is wrinkled, the aroma will stay longer in the mouth.

The Hor Lor, which came next, was the creamiest of the lot.

It has a beautiful golden flesh, and extra creamy & sticky too! Taste-wise, it's sweet and a little bitter.

But the best was saved for last, and the adults eagerly welcomed the Red Prawn!

Can you tell how much fun the adults were having yet?

And us kids? We were left to chew on our bread with butter and jam.

So miserable right? Haha... We weren't as big fans of durians as the adults were - not yet anyway - so the kind Durian Boss gave us some pieces of bread in case we got too hungry.

Notice too, that mei-mei slept through the Durian Degustation session as well.

No wonder Mummy was so thrilled to have been able to savour her durians in peace. Just check out the adults' damage count.

Total damage for the durians? RM240. Not too costly. Or least that was what I gathered from the adult's happy-like-bird faces. I figured that they would be too full for lunch, so we drove back to the hotel where we kids got to order room service to satisfy our rumbling tummies.

And since we were on holiday, would you care to guess what di-di & I did immediately after our not-so-early lunch?

Watching Disney Channel in bed on a full stomach. Pure bliss I tell you. And yes, absolute piggies too.

But there was something that made us jump out of bed instantaneously.

The hotel's marvellous pools, what else.

And once Daddy gave the permission to invade the water grounds, there was no denying the happy troopers!

Compared to Hard Rock Hotel Penang, where we had stayed during our last trip to Penang, the slides at Golden Sands Resort definitely lacks the fun factor. Oh wait, that should be singular as it has only one slide as opposed to Hard Rock Hotel's three.

But as you can probably tell, we don't really need lots of slides to have bundles of fun. Sometimes, the company is what matters most.

And although Hard Rock Hotel's pool area would probably appeal more to kids, it is also pretty much crowded and jam-packed with toddlers and kids. The pools at Golden Sands were larger, and so we had a great time just frolicking around and having the occasional water wrestling match with Daddy. Heh.

So I guess you already know how we feel about the pool area at Golden Sands Resort huh?

It shouldn't come as a surprise too, that the next activity on our Day 2 itinerary involved - wait for it - FOOD yet again! It was truly a case of how time flies when one is having fun because before we knew it, it was time for dinner once more.

And this time, we paid the Beach Corner Cafe a visit which is about a 5 minutes walk away from our hotel. Look out for The Ship restaurant which is in the shape of a erm, ship and the Beach Corner Cafe is right beside it.

The last time di-di, mei-mei & I were here, we didn't get to try the famed deep-fried spring-rolls.

They were good! Perhaps fueled by the fact we were starving then too. But we needn't have worried... not when the adults in our group have a history of over-ordering food. Heh.

From starved to stuffed - all in a day's work in Penang. And the perfect sunset by the beach to cap a wonderful Day 2.

Stayed tuned for more eating escapades! :p

Useful Information about Bao Sheng Durian Farm

Address: 150 Mk.2, Sungai Pinang, 11010 Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia
Phone: 012-411 0600 / 012-401 0800
Email: bsfarm@durian.com.my
GPS: N 5 24.1755 E 10013.165

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Unknown said...

The durian feast sure looks good. How much is the buffet?

Cheekiemonkies said...

Hi Geraldine,

The buffet ranges from RM35 to RM120 per pax, depending on the variety of durians one would want to have.

We didn't go for the buffet one - our a la carte order of 5 different types of durians came up to RM240.

Unknown said...

Seems like the ala carte pricing is quite reasonable :) thanks!

Cheekiemonkies said...

Yup, it's pretty okay... especially since I don't think my friends & I could gorge on enough durians to make our money's worth! Haha...

Tan said...


Did you have to book a timing before visiting the farm? Thank you

Cheekiemonkies said...

Hi Tan,

We didn't make any reservations on our past 2 visits. But if you wish to do so, you can as well. Hope it helps! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi...Wat time would be a good time to arrive at the farm ? Thanks

Cheekiemonkies said...


Late morning or early afternoon will be good.

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