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Three Fruits Banned from the Hotel Rooms of Southeast Asia

July 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

Know what's weird? We just returned from spending 4 days in the country of Brunei.

Know what's even weirder? That, in Brunei, the hotels where we stayed had specifically banned certain fruit, and it wasn't just one fruit. Three fruits are banned in these particular hotels, and the Directory of Guest Services even spells it out in all caps.

Having durian banned from a room isn't anything new to us; the stinky fruit—the smell is often likened to rotting, gross feet—is even prohibited from riding in the subway systems of Asian metropoli. It's the other banned fruits which intrigue. They are: Kuini and Cempedak.

What's so bad about these fruits? Well, Kuini is described as having a "characteristic fragrant resinous smell," while Cempedak rates worse, like "fermented urine combined with sweet syrup."

Durian doesn't sound so bad after that.

In general, it's always a good idea to keep stinky foods outside your hotel room, not just for your comfort but for that of future guests who would prefer not to wake up with the stench of "fermented urine" in their hair.


Durian for sale at a market in Brunei, down the street from a hotel

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]

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That Durian...

Has the smell of a thousand dead fishes. I can not explain the smell other than it's just plain awful. I saw an episode of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods and he couldn't even eat it. It should be banned worldwide since no one can apparently eat it lo,

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