‘Tis the season for Rambutan, one of the natural and healthy delights of the Southern Thailand rainy season. The ripe clusters of red, spiky ovals bow the branches of a 10 -30 meter high evergreen tree, nephelium lappacaeum. Exotic to those of more northerly climes, this fruit is as common to tropical South-East Asia as is the apple in Europe or the N. America.
Mangosteen is a tropical fruit grown in the hot, humid climates of SE Asia, namely Southern Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Mangosteen tree is a tropical evergreen tree which supposedly originates from the Sundra Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesian. It is also not to be missed if you are visiting Khao Lak during the rainy season.