Juicy and Sweet – A Day Trip to Thailand’s Everlasting Fruit Buffet!

By Mark Wiens 100 Comments
Suan Supatra Land Fruit Farm
Suan Supatra Land Fruit Farm
I'm not obsessed with durian or anything like that...
I’m not obsessed with durian or anything like that…

I really think Southeast Asia is one of the best fruit producing destinations in the world (and not just because of durian… though that’s a big part of it)!

Every single tropical fruit you can imagine (or even fruits you’ve never imagined) are grown and eaten in this magical fruit filled southern portion of the Asian subcontinent.

If you’re looking for beef, head to Argentina or Uruguay, but if you enjoy fruit, you’ll have the time of your life in Southeast Asia!

When I heard “fruit buffet,” I couldn’t hold back my flaming desire to drop everything and head to the farm.

While tropical fruit is available year-round in Thailand, May through July is when the season really booms at full force.

Trees produce fruit like it’s their job to feed us humans – it is!

No, I’m not a health freak, but I just can’t help but continually be amazed that edible things so delicious and sweet are naturally produced by trees.

No human could ever create a dessert or snack as overall amazing as a natural piece of fruit (you may disagree, but really think about fruit – could someone make a mango? …no way).

Anyway, on to the juicy fruit buffet!

Suan Supatra Land

It took about 2.5 hours on the bus from Bangkok to Rayong and about 30 minutes on a local rusty bus that dropped us off at the gates of Suan Supatra Land.

Though I was expecting a little peaceful fruit haven where I could roam the farm freely and eat natural candy straight from the arms of the tree, when we I arrived there were a few other massive Chinese tour groups – so it was a bit of a tourist attraction.

But luckily that didn’t takeaway from the greatness of the trip, nor did it hinder my fruit buffet demolishing ability (I just had to be a little more food aggressive – something I learned to do well in Vietnam).

Suan Supatra Land
Taking the trolley around Suan Supatra Land Fruit Farm

After buying our tickets we were ushered off in a provided trolley that took a few minutes to the first stop: the rambutan station.

This was actually the only fruit we could pick ourselves straight from the tree. They were extremely sweet and equally juicy.

Beautifully colored rambutan...
Beautifully colored rambutan…

A trolley would pass every few minutes, so after spending a few minutes in the rambutan tree area, we hopped back on and headed to the fruit buffet station.

Everylasting fruit buffet!
Everylasting fruit buffet!

The Everlasting Fruit Buffet

Imagine walking into a fruit market and being able to devour anything you set your eyes on – that’s about what the fruit buffet was, but instead of having to cut everything yourself there was staff slicing and dicing ferociously so we could focus strictly on important things… like how much fruit we could put away.

Santol Fruit
Santol Fruit

I began eating a few halves of santol fruit.

You just kind of suck the white fuzzy stuff off the seeds. The flavor is slightly sour and quite sweet and the texture is like a slimy cotton ball.

I won't say no to a mango!
I won’t say no to a mango!

Of course there were plenty of perfectly ripened mangoes, and despite the fact that living in Bangkok I eat 2 – 4 mangoes daily for breakfast, I would never say no to such a gorgeous fruit.

Nicely acidic snakefruit
Nicely acidic snakefruit

Snakefruit was another one of the plentiful fruits offered at the buffet, and these were some of the juiciest I’ve ever had. Snakefruit is highly acidic and very juicy, quite sour with a bite to it.

All you can eat of the king of fruits!
All you can eat of the king of fruits!

After finishing the child-play with the other fruits, it was time to move on to the real deal, the king of all fruits.

Now a durian buffet is something that should be handled with respect, once you start eating it’s virtually impossible to hold yourself back (due to its deliciousness), yet if you overdose you may end up with hot flashes and heart burn.

There was a stockpile of durian so grand that it probably could have fed the 5000, but luckily it was all for us!

After thoroughly enjoying a few ciabatta sized loaves of durian paired with a few kilos of mangosteen, I exercised self control so I wouldn’t embarrassingly collapse from fruit exhaustion.

Fruit buffet farm in Thailand
Section of pre-cut fruit

For the fruit that was easier eaten in bite sized pieces, like papaya, pineapple, jackfruit and starfruit, were sliced and provided on trays.

Rose Apples
Rose Apples

Growing up in DR Congo we used to have a rose apple tree in our yard. When I was kid I remember climbing the tree just about every single day for years so I could grab a few of the juicy fruits!

Next Station…

Hallucinating off fruit, we proceeded on to the next station – the som tam (green papaya salad) section of the farm.

Suan Supatra LandΒ not only grows fruit, but also a selection of organic vegetables.

My own personal som tam provider!
My own personal som tam provider!

When the trolley dropped us off, there were about 6 ladies lined up, mortar and pestle in hand and ready to immediately pound whatever we demanded.

And I demanded it all (politely of course).

Big fresh plates of green papaya salad
Big fresh plates of green papaya salad

I could seriously taste the quality and freshness of the vegetables that were surely picked just hours prior to being served.

The green papaya was exceptionally crisp and the chilies were pleasantly scorching.

Shoveling som tam into my mouth!
Shoveling som tam into my mouth!

I indeed devoured the som tam without hesitation, knowing I could get free re-fills!

Mouth overjoyed and belly stuffed, we hopped back on the trolley, back to the entrance of the farm, and eventually made our way back to Bangkok.

Though my stomach bulged with fruit pregnancy, I couldn’t have been more satisfied with the fruit buffet farm in Thailand!

Address: Suan Supatra Land, Nong Lalok, Ban Khai, Rayong 21120 Thailand

Do you love fruit too? Leave a comment!

NOTE: If you’re coming to Bangkok, please be sure to check out my Thai food guide and my 101 things to do in Bangkok guide!



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  • adel naib

    4 weeks ago

    defintley will be visiting this place sound like fruit heaven

  • Laura K

    1 year ago

    I am a fellow fruit-lover and was looking for something just along these lines for when I go to Thailand! This was much more helpful than a lot of the reviews on Trip Advisor, so thanks very much for sharing all the details!

  • Mel Melchor

    2 years ago

    Hey mate!

    How much is the ticket for the Fruit Buffet. I am in Thailand now and I want to add that place to my list. Thabks a lot. Cheers!

  • RAMESH sHAH

    2 years ago

    What a wonderful farm. I must visit next time I visit Thailand. I have seen a lot of your clips on street food. How lucky your job is!!
    I will make a note of this farm. Any other farms you come across. I would love to hear
    Many Thanks. Next time I watch your clips, I will make sure I watch with a full stomach

  • Lena short

    2 years ago

    Just wondering how much per person to visit this fruit farm, we are planing to go in June 2016

  • Jimmy

    2 years ago

    Planning to go end of April early May 2016. Will they allow tourist to climb the Durian tree and pick it ourselves? I will have my GoPro ready! πŸ™‚

  • Mujeeb

    2 years ago

    Waoo, in pictures it looks so delicious and tasty. I must visit soon. Does any one join me. I am M54 and love to meet travelere

  • Jeremie

    2 years ago

    Mark, I love your website and your YouTube channel! It moved me and my wife to visit Thailand and Vietnam last year’s summer.
    I am planning to go back to Thailand with my wife, and I would like to ask you about the fruits (obsession for us) in November December. Can we find durian and all the fruits in this post, or should we plan our visit another time to maximize on the fruits?
    Thank you for this excellent post!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Jeremie, great to hear from you, thank you very much for your support. Glad you’ll be coming back to Thailand again soon. Hmm, November and December are the cold season so fruit is not in as much abundance, but it’s still available and you’ll find lots of good quality fruit at a market like Or Tor Kor. But to maximize fruit, the best time would be to come around May, June, and July. Thank you again!

  • Sunny

    2 years ago

    I love fruits especially exotic fruits! Thank you for sharing. We’ll be in Bangkok for a week within a month and thinking of checking out this farm, altho I am looking for a farm where we can pick fruits straight off the trees. oh well. Eating is just as good

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Sunny, good to hear you enjoy fruits as well. Yah, they won’t allow you to pick the fruit off the trees here, but it’s still pretty good to just eat it!

  • Eliseba

    2 years ago

    I loveee….fruits.. The first place I’m looking for if visiting Bangkok is fruit farm. That’s why I search the web and found yours. Very nice information. By looking at your pictures just make my mouth watering, can’t wait any longer to visit there. This fruit farm will be in my list. Thank you!

  • Sandra

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    I’m intending to head down to Bangkok this June to check out these lovely fruits! Any tips on where to stay in Bangkok itself and how I can travel down to this farm and book a tour?

    Thank you very much!

  • Nash

    3 years ago

    Oh God I am in heaven, many places to visit but this is on the very top of my to do list next week. I am going 110% and going to take tons of photo’s to post. OH YEAH!

    Njoy

    • Nash

      3 years ago

      I almost forgot to, Thanks a Ton Mark your the Man!

      cheers
      Nash

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Cool, thanks Nash, all the best, have fun.

  • Pim

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    I’m Thai lady and love all of tropical fruits very much and also love to eat some winter fruits like apple, strawberry, grape etc. Especially of me, I like fruits on the three. I feel they amazed me so much when they have a fruit hang from branch. πŸ™‚ I like your photo that touch durian fruit on the three and you said about fruit – “could someone make a mango? …no way.”
    Actually, I often see a trees of Thai fruits and love them but never see some winter fruits like an apple when I saw photos’s apple trees with plenty of apple fruits. Oh! it’s amazing! I feel good.
    Today I visited your blog because I’m looking for my favorite things to say in debut of my English class. Your information is my favorite things in English, so please allow me to use some your information in my debut. Thank you in advance, Mark. πŸ™‚

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hello Pim, great to hear from you. I’m glad that we share the same thoughts about how amazing fruit is; it’s so cool to eat fruit directly from the tree. I appreciate you reading my website, hope it can help you to practice your English, you are doing well!

  • Jacob

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Excellent post. Never knew that there were places like this in Eastern Thailand where fresh farm fruits (especially my favourite fruit, Durian) are offered for buffet. I had been to Chanthaburi with my family last June, to attend the Chanthaburi Durian festival. We could hardly find farms that offered ‘Eat all you can’ durian buffets. I wish I knew about this farm before! Anyways, thanks.

  • Florence

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    I am traveling to bangkok next week, I just want to know if durian and santol will be available this season?

    Those are my faves and I just love thai fruits!

  • Paolo Veneracion

    4 years ago

    Hats off to you man!! I found this very helpful. I am currently based in Chanthaburi for work. And my place is just an hour away to Rayong! Great, yeah? Thanks dude. I also like your youtube videos!

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Thank you Paolo, have you been to the fruit farm yet?

  • Sandy

    4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!! I am going to Thailand this oct and wondering if Durian be offered at that time. Also, how much is the admission? Did you get to explore the farm? Or mostly having the buffet?

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Sandy, I’m not sure if durian will be available in October, but you probably can get durian all the time at Bangkok’s Or Tor Kor market. I explored the farm a bit, but mostly at the fruit buffet!

  • Lindsay

    4 years ago

    Hey Mark!

    After reading this post last year and being in Thailand, I decided I had to check it out too! Here’s my report: http://www.yearofthedurian.com/2013/06/supatra-land-fruit-theme-park-photo.html

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Awesome to see this Lindsay, and that’s so cool that you climbed the durian!!!

  • Erwin

    5 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    I definitely need to visit the place.

    Could you help to provide me details on the transfer from the Rayong Bus Terminal to Suphattra Land? Which bus should we take? and are there plenty of trips?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Erwin,
      I took a bus from Ekkamai station to Rayong and from Rayong I took another local bus, but not sure which number or where it was heading. You may just have to arrive there and then ask for a bus that goes in the direction of Suan Supatra Land. There are plenty of trips, starting early in the morning – maybe 6 am or so.
      Enjoy!

  • Fery Liem

    5 years ago

    Mark,

    i will visit to pattaya next month,
    is it easy to find local bus or other transportation which go to Supatra Land and come back again to pattaya???

    Thank you

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Fery, hmm, I’m really not sure, I’ve never gone there from Pattaya, but I’m sure if you go to the local bus station you can get there. Have a great trip!

  • kim

    5 years ago

    Yum! Will be adding this to my must visit for my next trip to Bangkok. Is there anything similar near Phuket?

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Kim, great, hope you can make it here. I’m not sure about Phuket, but you could probably find something like this there.

  • lai

    5 years ago

    I have been stalking your blog for a few months but didn’t come across this article until i googled thailand fruit farm. So even when i’m not stalking your blog, i’m redirected to come back. Lol. Love all your posts and insights. Definitely putting this on the to do lists for my july vacay. Thanks!!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Thanks a lot Lai, I appreciate your support. It’s really fun to visit this fruit farm, hope you can make it!

      • Lindsay

        5 years ago

        As usual, it seems we have similar interests! (that is, durian, heehee) Thanks for this visually inspiring look at Suan Supatra Land Fruit Farm. I’m hoping to check it out this year. Think its worth going, at least to experience something really touristy?

        • Mark Wiens

          5 years ago

          Hey Lindsay, yah, it’s worth it to go once, though a bit touristy!

  • Wil

    5 years ago

    I’ll be backpacking SEAsia in just a few months and one of the things I’m most excited for is the fresh fruit. I check your site all the time, torturing myself with pictures of foods I have yet tasted. I might just have to make a detour to this buffet, it looks amazing.
    -Wil

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Will, great to hear you’ll be traveling around SEA soon. The tropical fruit is wonderful!

  • BlogDaz

    5 years ago

    Well this fantastic, a fruit eaters paradise and it’s just 30 minutes drive from me, not going to tell the wife though, we’ll be there every day.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Haha, thanks for checking this out, and hope you enjoy it!

  • Jane

    5 years ago

    Thanks! We got a group of friends (9) will be in Bangkok for 5 days and then Phuket for 6 days in a few days. I’m glad I stumble over your fruit buffet. It’s very interesting and love the pictures. It looks like this will be a full day trip if we’re staying in Bangkok yes? It’s my mission to scope out this place for sure! Thanks a mil!.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Great to hear that Jane! Hope you and your group have a wonderful time traveling in Thailand, and be sure to enjoy lots of good SE Asian fruit while you’re here!

  • Steve

    5 years ago

    Wow Wow Wow thanks Mark. I’m sitting here in South Africa and my mouth is watering!!! I’m coming to Thailand next month and will definitely be visiting this place. Thanks for the great info. Keep it up.

    Steve

  • Conrad

    5 years ago

    Ooooh and aaah – I just wish I was bit more of a fruit eater (well, i hate sticky fingers) but the images look drooling!

  • [email protected]

    5 years ago

    Oh. My. God. This looks like absolute heaven.

    And I spent three months in Thailand and never even heard of it! That’s it. I need to go back.

    Thanks for the awesome article.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      No problem, Micki, thank you for reading it! I think the fruit farm is not really advertised that much, apart from Chinese and Thai tour groups, because I had never heard of it on my own either (if it wasn’t for my Thai girlfriend). Sounds like you also love fruit!

  • Laura

    5 years ago

    I really want to try the snakefruit! It looks so interesting.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      It really is interesting Laura, I’m sure you’d like it!

  • Talon

    5 years ago

    I can’t wait to get to SE Asia for some of the awesome fruits there. And a fruit buffet? Holy crap I’m in! Sounds and looked amazing.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Cool, if you enjoy fruit you really will love SE Asia, it’s cheap and wonderful. Yah, it just doesn’t get much better than a fruit buffet!

  • Josh @ Green Global Travel

    6 years ago

    Really unique and delicious! Nothing beats having a sweet piece of fruit. I will definitely check this out if I’m in Thailand. Great photos too!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Thanks Josh, fruit is just one of the great natural delights on this earth!

  • Martin Pietrzak

    6 years ago

    Great pictures. I literally wanted to lick the screen πŸ˜‰ I agree the fruit variety in south east asia is phenomenal however I can’t say to love the pungent durien.
    Not surprisingly many hotels especially in Malaysia ask their guests from bringing in their favourite fruit… My favorite is the delicious mango. The once back at home are just not the same.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the comment Martin. Yes, from what I heard it can take a long time to remove the smell of durian from a hotel room, so I guess it is understandable. Great to hear you love mango though, I enjoy eating mangoes just about every single day!

  • Jeff

    6 years ago

    I feel like I have finally found someone who loves fruit as much as I do. I was JUST writing a post about my visit to the tropical fruit farm on Penang before I read this. Have you ever read the book Fruit Hunters? It’s like literary porn for people who are fruit obsessed.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Awesome Jeff, thank you for sharing that you’re also a fruit lover and what a coincidence that you just visited the farm in Penang! No, I haven’t heard of Fruit Hunters, but thanks for the recommendation and I’ll check it out now. I’ll be waiting to see your post on the fruit farm in Penang!

  • Naomi

    6 years ago

    BEST IDEA EVER.

  • Joel Bruner

    6 years ago

    Mark, someone recommended there that you shower with durians since you love them so much πŸ™‚ ohhh man

    DUDE. thank you for this link, but i am actually upset with you right now. literally upset, dude… i cant even put it into words. but you will understand my situation.
    I am sitting here in the USA, looking at your pictures of the king of all fruits followed by snakefruit, starfruit, gratawn, mankut… and if that is not enough, THEN you get to pack your stomach with ready made all you can eat som tam!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh dude. its midnight but i am HUNGRY after these pics.
    that is why i am mad at you right now

    πŸ™‚ ahahah dude. well done man, great post. i NEED to make it to this place immediately!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Haha, yes, I think I (and you) would be willing to enjoy a durian spa treatment, or even take a durian bath, while eating it of course. Man, I understand, the States does have some good fruit, but it just can’t be compared to any tropical destination, and the added organic som tam just capped things off nicely!

  • Ava Apollo

    6 years ago

    Was there any passionfruit? That’s my absolute favorite! Mango would have had me very happy, though.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      You know, there were a few passion fruit vines at the farm, but I guess none of them were ripe at the time. I’m with you, passion fruit is another one of my all-time favorite fruits. Unfortunately it’s not overly popular in Thailand, you can find it, just not everywhere like mangoes or rambutan.

  • Ruth of Tanama Tales

    6 years ago

    Mark,
    I would love to visit this place. Wow, the variety is amazing. I have never tried the snake or santol fruit. And let me say (you are going to hate me), I haven’t tried durian either. Agree that Southeast Asia is a paradise for fruit and vegetable lovers. I have to admit I even ate some stuff without knowing what it was. Central America is full of tropical fruits too (I recently wrote a post about this). It is a place you would like to visit.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Thanks Ruth, I went back and found your article, sounds like central America, El Salavador in particular, has an outstanding selection of fruit as well! I would love to explore that area of the world too! That’s OK, I won’t hate you for not trying durian!!

  • Ayngelina

    6 years ago

    I love fruit too, sound like a great way to discover new ones in Thailand.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Yah, it was a great fruit experience, just being able to see the trees that the fruit comes from and eating them. Great to hear you also love fruit!

  • sully86

    6 years ago

    mark: and mark i dare u to sleep, eat, shower with a few durians..ahhahaha since you like them so much.

  • sully86

    6 years ago

    mark: i wanna nom nom on those fruits. So when are we all going to be expecting your fruit babies?hehehe

  • Ele

    6 years ago

    I went to Berlin in March for the ITB event. In the evening we went shopping for food. This is what I bought as fruit

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NC4HvBuNJJk/T1z1B8LGKFI/AAAAAAAABiY/KtW2-3EZjdI/s400/P1080966.JPG

    I put them on my bed and stared for a good deal of time. The question was: how do I eat them? I see them for the first time in my life. Are they edible completely? Or is the skin out? Where do I cut them? I was like O________________O HELP. I wonder is there a printed illustrated guide to eating fruit?

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Haha, thanks for sharing Ele! When you do find a new exotic fruit it can be difficult to know what to eat or how to cut it – that’s happened to me as well!

  • Jamie

    6 years ago

    WOW. This looks unreal! I had the spiky fruits in China and they were the most delicious thing I’ve ever had..and now I finally know their name! Thanks for the great post. I’m moving to Thailand in August and I will have to check this out!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Wow Jamie, that’s fantastic that the spiky fruit is the best thing you’ve ever tasted and I fully agree, it’s just so good it’s hard to describe. Well, you’ll be glad to know that durian is very widely available in Thailand!

      • Tom Rodriquez

        3 years ago

        Hey Mark,

        My Partner and I are visiting Bangkok from Apr 18 through Apr 23. Please let us know if you are in the area. We’d love to meet up and get your expert advice, of course for a fee!.

        T

        • Mark Wiens

          3 years ago

          Hi Tom, thanks for reading. I’m actually in the US for the next few weeks visiting family, so sorry I’m going to miss you this time, but thank you. Have a great time in Thailand!

  • ciaRaysabeL (@cosmicais)

    6 years ago

    Ooohh.. Love Santol and Rose Apples.. though we call it “tambis” in Southern Philippines – Mindanao. πŸ˜€ Great post!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Good to hear that – I know you’ve got some great fruit in Mindanao too, and I’m hoping to taste Mindanao durian someday too!

  • Maria Teresa Polo

    6 years ago

    Hi Mark, you are right. The best place to these tropical fruits, is on the fruit farm, fresh and juicy.
    I missed the santol fruit, I love this fruit, and July is the month of santol, and it has a lot of uses. From the flesh u can make into a santol candy, santol in coconut. Just like the papaya, where you can make into many dishes. Love to see you enjoying all these tropical fruits.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much Maria and glad to hear that you also enjoy fruit and santol. In Thailand they also pickle the santon and then serve it with sweet syrup, onion, chillies and dried shrimp – it’s wonderful! Are you able to get santol where you are now?

  • Chris Little

    6 years ago

    Wow I can’t wait to show this to my 9 year old son. I think it will jump to the top of his list of places he wants to go.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Great to hear that Chris, you son must be a fruit lover too!

  • Shannon O’Donnell

    6 years ago

    Amazing!! How did I never know this existed. You have now given me a mission when I head back to Thailand πŸ™‚

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Haha, excellent Shannon, I know you’d enjoy it!

      • HR_E46

        5 years ago

        Hey Mark, are you still in Thailand? I will be in Thailand by the end of Aug.

        • Mark Wiens

          5 years ago

          Hi, I’m in Thailand but with my schedule I’m in and out of the country quite frequently.

          • HR_E46

            5 years ago

            My friend is hooking me up with a new job in Thailand. I have about a month of free time in Thailand before I start my new job. Maybe once I’m there you can show me places to eat? That would be awesome.

      • Jesse cheng

        2 years ago

        can you tell me more detail about this fruit garden please? how far from bangkong, how much to get in there,more?