A Complete Guide To Thailand’s Delicious Tropical Fruits

Thailand is heaven on earth for fruit lovers with stores and vendors selling them everywhere. There’s a huge range of tropical fruits of all shapes and sizes available, so try these ones the next time you’re there! Perfect for a scorching hot sunny day!

1. Jackfruit

Roughly the size of a large melon, jackfruit has a very thick skin and its yellow or orange flesh has a succulent sweet taste. jackfruitThe fruit is divided into multiple sections, each of which contains a waxy textured meat surrounded by seeds. They aren’t easy to cut by yourself, so we recommend buying a readymade pack at the market!

2. Mangosteen

Mangosteens have been part of traditional medicine in various Asian countries for a long time. The hard purple shell can easily be peeled away to reveal the snow-white edible flesh on the inside that’s sweet and tangy. mangosteen-811154_1920They are known as the queen of all fruits as they boast major health benefits such as helping to maintain healthy skin, manage weight and reduce the risk of cancer, inflammation, allergies, and diabetes.

3. Durian

If mangosteen is the queen, then durian is the king of all fruits. With a weight of 2 – 5 kg, durians have a grayish brown skin and sweet golden yellow flesh on the inside. The smell of this fruit is so pungent that it is banned in many public establishments, making people either love or absolutely hate it. fotorcreated Be careful not to eat too much of it in the summer as it will increase your body’s internal temperature, making you sweat and feel hot very fast.

4. Dragonfruit

This colorful and unearthly looking fruit has a lovely soft flesh that has a texture similar to a kiwi or melon. Dragonfruit comes from a cactus plant and is typically eaten with a spoon. dragonfruit-2When ripe enough the skin can easily be torn open, otherwise slice it lengthways and squeeze the fruit out from its skin. The taste is a cross between a kiwi and pear.

5. Rambutan

‘Rambut’ means hair in Malay, which is what this fruit is covered with. The rambutan resembles a lychee – but hairier. The shell is covered with soft yellow and red spikes. rambutanPeel away the shell to reveal a firm, white translucent flesh that is sweet and slightly acidic. Be careful not to bite down on the hard seed in the middle!

6. Longan

The longan is a sibling of the lychee and rambutan, but sweeter and not as juicy. It has a thin brown shell that cracks easily with a black pit inside. Make sure you only eat the translucent part. longanThe easiest way to peel it is to make an incision with your thumbnail and tear away the rest of the skin. Bite off the pulp with your teeth and avoid the hard seed in the center.

7. Passion Fruit

Passion fruit has a wrinkled purple-brown skin enclosing flesh-covered seeds. It is more commonly sieved rather than eaten raw and is one of the most versatile Thai fruits as it can be used in many different ways, especially in drinks and desserts. 800px-passion_fruit_red Some popular desserts with passion fruit include panna cotta, ice cream, sorbet, and jelly.

8. Rose Apple

Available in green and red, a rose apple is shaped like a small pear and has a crunchy and juicy texture. They are also very low in sugar content but very filling, making them the ideal snack!rose-appleBite into one of these on a hot day to refresh yourself with the sweet taste! Make sure they’re not too overly ripe as the taste can be a bit acidic.

9. Custard Apple

As opposed to rose apples, custard apples are very soft and sweet. They are light green and about the size of a tennis ball.custard-appleTo eat them, divide the fruit into two with your hands and scoop out the soft white pulpy flesh with a spoon.

10. Pomelo

Pomelos are one of the most popular citrus fruits. They are similar to grapefruit but taste more sweet than bitter. pomeloMany traditional Thai dishes include pomelo as one of the main ingredients in savory dishes. Colors of the fruit range from pale yellow to orange to red.

Why not try a floating market tour to try and buy these delicious tropical fruits as you explore Thailand’s most well-known floating markets? You can also enjoy a longtail boat ride through the canals and enjoy various cultural shows. market-tour-thumbnail-finalThere’s also a cooking class where after the market tour, you can try your hand at making some signature Thai dishes, many of which include these fruits! cooking-class-thumbnail-finalIf you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to check out Trazy.com, your travel shop for Asia to find the best deals and fun things to do as well as detailed guides and tips! button6

Photo Credits 

“Tropical fruits” By Tumitu Design
“Jackfruit, the national fruit of Bangladesh” By Shahnoor Habib Munmun 
“Mangosteen” By Taboty 
“A pile of durians at Air Itam, Penang” By The Wandering Angel 
“Dragon fruit from Vietnam” By ProjectManhatten 
“Ephelium Lappaceum(fruit)” By Forest & Kim Starr 
“Frutos Exoticos-LonganFruit-002” By Surukuku 
“Passion fruit red” By Sujaki F 
“Rose Apple” By Hafiz Issadeen 
“Immature custard apple” By Jaiprakashsingh 
“Citrus grandis” By Ananda 

Trazy’s Survival Tips for Travelers to Thailand: Bangkok’s Public Transportation System

Welcome to Bangkok: a city full of people, traffic, vibrant nightlife, busy markets, brightly lit malls, tranquil riversides, and captivating history! An abundance of transport options such as buses, taxis, motorcycle taxis, ferries, boats, tuk-tuks, and trains exist.

There’s so much to explore and with this guide, you’ll be navigating the city like a pro. We’ve got you covered with information about the types of transport available, fares, operating hours and more!

1. BTS Skytrain

The BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System) Skytrain is the swiftest, safest, and smoothest way to get around Bangkok and see everything the city has to offer. Along with the MRT, it connects all of the main shopping, entertainment and business districts.bts-skytrainThere are two lines- the Silom line (runs west to south from the National Stadium to Bang Wa) and the Sukhumvit line (runs north to east from Mo Chit to Bearing). The lines meet at Siam Station and interconnect with the MRT at Sala Daeng and Asok station. Trains run from 06:00 to midnight and arrive every 3 to 4 minutes. Do keep in mind that they can get quite crowded during peak hours (07:00 – 09:00 and 16:00 – 19:00).BTS tickets.pngBTS Rabbit cards can be purchased from machines in the stations with coins only (but change is given at the service desks). There are several options to choose from depending on the duration and distance you are traveling.

Type

Fare

Single Journey Ticket

15 ~ 52 THB depending on distance traveled
Unlimited Travel 1 Day Pass 120 THB. Ideal for tourists as you can travel as much as you want all day.
Standard Rabbit Card / Stored Value Card 150 THB (50 THB is a refundable deposit). Can be filled with minimum 100 THB and maximum 4000 THB. Valid for 5 years.
30 Day Pass for Adults

Starts at 375 THB for 15 trips of an unlimited distance. Available for 15, 25, 40, 50 trips at varying prices.

The BTS site includes a detailed map as well as directions showing you how to get to the major tourist attractions. You can also find maps at any station.

2. MRT 

Calm and convenient, the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) consists of the blue line (runs from Hua Lamphong in the south to Bang Sue in the north) and the recently opened purple line (runs from Taopoon Station in the Bang Sue district to Bangyai district in Nonthaburi). Here’s a map for your convenience.bangkok-mrt-bts-mapTrains run from 06:00 to midnight and arrive every 5 to 7 minutes. You can connect to the BTS Skytrain at Asok station. mrt-trainUnlike the BTS Skytrain, tickets are black plastic tokens purchasable from machines in the station. Simply touch the token against the screen next to the turnstile as you enter and drop it into the slot as you leave. Fares range from 15 to 40 THB depending on the travel zone. Note that the passes bought for the MRT are not compatible with ones for the BTS Skytrain. MRT token.jpg

3. Taxis – Meter and Motorcycle 

Taxis are your next best bet in terms of convenience as they are  easy to hail and ideal for traveling to destinations that aren’t on the BTS Skytrain or MRT map.

The taxis are spacious, new, and come in many colors like yellow-green, red-blue, bright orange, and pink. However, don’t be confused as they all share the same service rates so it doesn’t matter what color vehicle you take.taxiFares start at 35 THB and remain there for the first two kilometers, then rise steadily by 2 THB at a time per kilometer. Communication can sometimes be an issue as many drivers speak little English, so improvise and be imaginative. Also, avoid taxis during rush hour unless you want to end up paying a fortune.

*Always make sure your taxi uses a meter. Drivers may come up with many ways to try and scam you and get you to use their taxi. Meters are always cheaper and more reliable. Carry around change as well since most drivers will not give change under 10 THB.
motorcycle-taxiIf you’re up for an adventure, try a motorcycle taxi. Though it’s probably the most dangerous option, it’s also the fastest. During rush hour, they will dart effortlessly around cars and buses, driving on sidewalks or opposite traffic lanes to get you to your destination as fast as possible.  The drivers are easy to spot as they wear numbered orange vests.

Fares start from 10 THB for short journeys and vary depending on the distance. Certain routes may have fixed rates and you will sometimes see a board displaying the prices. Make sure to always negotiate the price prior to the journey, or you may find yourself being ripped off.

* Make sure you wear a safety helmet. Aside from the obvious reason, tourists are also very easy to spot and fine (up to 1000 THB depending on the traffic officer’s mood).

4. Buses

Buses are a great way to travel from one side of the city to another at an incredibly cheap price. The downside is that they can be confusing to tourists as the routes are extensive and destinations are written in only Thai a lot of the time. Make sure you have an MBTA map (available at most terminals), ask someone around you or call the “184” BMTA hotline for assistance. You can also print out a simple map herebangkok-busesBuses with blue signs take the normal route while ones with yellow signs take the expressway. The fares and routes vary according to the color of the bus. Bangkok buses run daily from 05:00 – 11:00 while night buses run 24 hours a day.

Bus Type

Fare

Regular (cream-red / white-blue) 7 THB
Expressway (yellow) 8.5 THB
Air Conditioned (cream-blue) 9~19 THB (depending on destination)
All night (cream-red) 8 THB
EURO II (yellow-orange) 12~22 THB  (depending on destination)

Tickets can be purchased from the conductor once you board the bus. Simply tell them your destination and you will receive a small receipt once you pay. Keep the receipt as sometimes it will be checked.

*Wave your hand if you intend to get on the bus! Sometimes bus drivers tend to just drive past without stopping if no one seems to be intending to get on. Also, carry a copy of your address written in Thai as it will spare you the trouble of trying to communicate with the conductor or driver.

5. Boats and Ferries 

Explore canals, historical attractions, temples, and architecture on boats and ferries. There are several types but the main ones are river crossing ferries and express boat river taxis. river-taxiRiver Crossing Ferries resemble a raft with a roof and operate at 32 separate ferry crossings. As the name suggests, they transport people from one side of the river to the other for only 3 THB. The most popular crossing is between Wat Pho Temple and Wat Arun at Tha Tien Pier. express-boatFor express boat river taxis, there are five different types: No flag, Blue flag, Orange flag, Yellow flag, and Green flag lines. The green and yellow lines are for those commuting to and from work from the northern outskirts of Bangkok.

Type of Boat

Course Fare

Operation Hours

No Flag (Local Line) Stops at every pier from Wat Rajsingkorn (Pier S1) in the south to Nonthaburi (Pier N30) in the north. 10~20 THB 06:00 – 18:30 Monday to Friday.

Blue Flag (Tourist Boat)

Stops when you want. Operates between Nonthaburi in the far north to Sathorn Central Pier. 40~50 THB per trip.

100 THB for all day pass with unlimited journeys.

07:00 – 18:25 daily
Orange Flag Stops at main piers. Operates between Wat Rajsinkorn (Pier S3) and Nonthaburi (Pier N30). 15 THB per journey 05:50 – 19:00 daily

6. Tuk-tuks

Tuk-tuks were once a major Bangkok attraction but are slowly declining as more convenient and modern modes of transport arise. However, they are still quite popular among tourists and visitors!

Originating from old fashioned rickshaws during WWII, tuk-tuks are a rickshaw with a small engine fitted in. They are ideal for short trips since they cost the same or even less than a taxi and are much faster.  tuk-tukFares vary depending on the distance traveled but haggling is a must as the price named by the driver is always inflated. Negotiate 5~25 THB off the proposed fare and take it from there.

*Be careful of drivers around touristy areas who offer sightseeing tours or say they know “secret” or “special shopping places”. A short and firm “no thank you” will save you from being scammed.

Try a Tuk Tuk Tour if you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore the night lights of Bangkok. You can also enjoy a comfortable private transfer service if you’re heading to or from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK Airport) and Bangkok City.

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Photo Credits

“BTS, Bangkok” By jo.sau

“BTS Skytrain Ticket” By Harsha K R

“Rabbit card” By Karl Baron

“Bangkok MRT” By billy1125

“MRT Ticket Vending Machine”, “MRT Ticket” By Shinji

“Primary colours on wheels” By Tricycle

“Streets of Bangkok 2015” By drburtoni

“New Orange Minibus in Thonburi” By Ian Fuller

“Isuzu (?) bus” By davocano

“EKAMAI BUS STATION BANGKOK THAILAND JAN 2012” By calflier001

“IMG_1210” By 7beachbum

“River Boat in Bangkok” By Michael Rehfeldt

“Chao Phraya river express boat in Bangkok, Thailand”By Uwe Schwarzbach

Top 15 Things to Buy in Bangkok, Thailand

Nothing is ever more fun than buying things that you can get only in that country when traveling. Thailand is no exception when it comes to buying high-quality products at cheap prices. Besides the cheap summery shirts and fisherman pants, here is the ultimate list of things (goods & food) you must get in Bangkok.

GOODS

1. Fruit Soap

You can find all kinds of fruit soaps at Chatuchak Market (a weekend market in Bangkok) with Mango soap being one of the most popular ones. They only cost around $1 each!

2. Inhaler (Ya Dom in Thai)

Thai people are known for their frequent use of nasal inhaler which is also best for those who have rhinitis. The two most famous brands are Poy Sian and Peppermint field.

3. Thai Silk

Thailand is renowned for beautiful silks and fabrics. Make sure you drop by the famous Jim Thompson house for their high-quality silk products. High recommended as souvenirs such as table runners and pouches that come in bright colors and patterns for family and friends.

Sunday morning silk shopping at @jimthompson_official. #Bangkok #elleontour #jimthompson

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4. NaRaYa Bag

NaRaYa is a famous local brand that offers high-quality fabric hand-made bags and pouches. They come in all kinds of colors and designs and their most flagship design is the silk bag with a big ribbon attached in the middle. You can find NaRaYa stores in Bangkok’s major shopping malls.

5. Spa & Aroma products

You can’t leave all kinds of spa products & ornaments when you think of what to buy in Thailand. Karmakamet is famous for its high-quality aroma and body products. It’s not cheap but the quality is guaranteed. Bath & Bloom is another shop where you can get aromatic bath & spa products. One of the highly recommended scents is the unique Thai Jasmine which will relieve your knots and stress.

Lovely tea scent. Thanks @eunicegee #karmakamet

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我真的很愛買香氛怎麼辦 要剁手惹🤔🤔🤔 #bathbloom

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6. Takabb Anti Cough Pill

It’s a nation-widely known remedy for coughing. It’s rumored to have the worst taste but the strongest effect that immediately makes you stop from coughing. The package design itself isn’t at its best with some kind of red earthworms all over the place but you might want to buy one to try out.

7. Coconut oil

In the “motherland” of oil, coconut oil is used everywhere from facial mositurizing, hair enrichment to hand & foot care. Not only that, some even drop coconut oil in their morning tea or coffee for better taste. There are several Thai brands that you can look out for such as Agrilife and Thaipure.

8. Snake Brand Prickly Heat Powder

Because of the tropical climate, Snake Brand Prickly Heat Powder is a must-item for the locals. Apply some on your body after shower and enjoy the cooling effect.

9. Mosquito Repellent

One might always be wary of the mosquitoes when you visit tropical countries, and Thailand is no exception when you think of insects and mosquito bites. And because of the naturally exposed environment, Thailand is known for offering various options in terms of mosquito repellent. It will come in handy when you visit other tropical regions. You can easily find various brands in local drugstores or supermarkets.

10. Tiger Balm

It’s the ultimate solution to all the pains on your body. It’s said to provide instant relief.

FOOD

11. Fruit Snacks

You can’t leave out fruit snacks when you visit Bangkok. Kunna is one of the highly acclaimed brands for its different kinds of fruit snacks. Available in major stores and markets, try the original and yet exotic fruit snacks!

Happy Holidays peeps! Don't forget to bring along all the goodness from #kunna with you! ☺

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12. Coffee

Add drip coffee to your shopping list in Bangkok. DoiTung and Doi Chang are two of the famous local brands that offer premium coffee at, yes, affordable price.

good coffee for a good day 😝☕️ #coffee #doitungcoffee

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13. Chewy Milk Candy

Yes, the chewy milk candy that comes in all kinds of flavors from corn, watermelon, strawberry, chocolate and apple. Pick a type according to your taste.

It's very obvious I like these candies🎀 #candies #sweet #apple #watermelon #strawberry #chewymilkcandy #haoliyuan

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14. Mama Instant Noodle

If you’re an instant noodle lover, Tom Yum flavored noodles from Mama are a must buy. Packaged in small plastic bags, they are light enough to fit your suitcase.

#mamanoodles are the best. #noodles

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15. Crispy Seaweed

Often called the snack king of Thailand, Tao Kae Noi‘s crispy seaweed is eaten like potato chips in Thailand. This snack also comes in various flavors from curry crab, coconut to grilled squid.

#taokaenoi

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Aren’t you excited just by looking at all the food and things that you can buy in Bangkok?

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