Bao Sheng Durian Penang

We were in Penang last June, and Bao Sheng Durian farm (宝盛榴莲园) ranks high on our must-visit-must-eat list. Picture for illustration only, but the Durian buffet here is truly value for money 🙂

GPS (N5 24.1755 E10013.165), hilly terrain but the durians are worth the winding road. You will pass by Butterfly Farm and a dam on the way up. Countless makeshift Durian stalls line the road.

It is relatively easy to navigate the gradual bends, just follow the route until you see Bao Sheng sign.
Gps Bao Sheng

Come to me Durian 🙂
We first heard of Durian Buffet through Cheekiemonkies blog.
Bao sheng durian

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If in doubt, just tell the waiter that you want durian buffet and they will help introduce different flavours.
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My favourite is the bitter sweet Red Prawn, super creamy and delightful.
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Shiok! Everyone 不要客气.
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Beautiful view of the mountains and valleys. Durian farm tours (not sure whether helmets provided) and villas are available for overnight stay. (Durians normally drop at night hee hee)

Visiting Bao Sheng Durian was a first for us, the other highlight must be our Hiace 10 seater van.
Again, we first heard of Kasina from Cheekiemonkies.

When driving in a convoy in Malaysia, the biggest headache is finding a carpark space near to each other.
Rent a van, bringing two or even three families around is now so convenient.

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Manual driving again, it took us a while to get use to half-clutch balance and a van’s handgear.
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Kids were always looking forward to their “school bus”!
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After roaming around in Penang, we packed our luggage for Ipoh.
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Famous food in Ipoh is only a 150km drive South 🙂
Penang Ipoh 150km
(Image credit Google Map)

You may even detour up to Cameron Highlands or head North to Langkawi.
driving from Penang to Ipoh

More tips for durian and self driving in Penang :
– Bao Sheng Durian website – do check with them for best season to visit
– We would not hesitate to recommend Kasina’s reliable service. Hassle free pickup and return. They might be cheaper rentals around but we wanted a company with good track record
– Average rental for our 2.5l Diesel Hiace van is 300+ ringgit per day
– Parking coupons for Penang cannot be used on Peninsula mainland (?? weird)
– Do pop by our Fanpage for Penang Day 1, 2, 3 and 4 photos. Day 5, 6 Ipoh is not ready.

Driving Tips for Malaysia
– Ipoh is so near to Penang, I still prefer Ipoh’s cuisine over Penang. Try our Ipoh street food GPS and tell us whether you prefer Penang or Ipoh food 🙂

ps.. You might wish to explore our  Dec 2022 11D10N  Malaysia road trip too (link)

YouTube Penang road trip 2022

Penang Itinerary

We went to Penang Hard Rock hotel for our Mar holidays.
Hard Rock really makes us feel like pop stars, with memorabilia at every corner. More importantly, the Pool did not disappoint.

We book the family room, Lil’ Rock Suite, because of the spaciousness, but the selling point is the slide and swing. We know the kids will fall head over heels over their personal playground !

Little did we know that we will be pampered with Guitar Hero, Pooh bear, Barney and even outdoor dining :p

Slides, both Dry and Wet kept the kids entertained.
Dry slide at Adventure Zone Golden Sand Resort, is not for the faint hearted ! Video clip below show you how Wei JUMP from 3rd storey !

Video : Crazy slide at Adventure Zone

Fortunately, Wet playground at Hard Rock is themed with Family in mind.

The slides and ice cream (pool bar) kept us occupied during our vacation.

As we are travelling with kids, we could not savour the best food (which are often located at secluded alleys or coffeeshops), but we have more fun exposing the kids to other Penang cuisines. (Oyster omelette, Char Kway Teow, and Chee Choing Fun etc)

However, nothing beats eating in our own comfortable room. We can be messy, suck our fingers, and not be concerned about stares :p
Definitely more economical than to order room-service !

Video : Yummy !

On the third day, we flutter with Butterflies and creepy crawlies, while Toy Museum amuse us with Shrek, BatMan, IronMan and Tomb Raider !

The kids are having a good time !

Little stardom of our own

How can Hard Rock Hotel and Penang Rock you today?
Stay tune for more updates from our trip !


** Our 4D3N Itinerary
Day 1 – Adventure Zone at Golden Sand Resort, dinner at Long Beach
Day 2 – Swimming and Club house (Lil Rock venture)
Day 3 – Butterfly Farm and Toy Museum
Day 4 – Sight seeing (Second bridge and Penang Sakura)

Do click our Fanpage album for more adventure photos !

ps.. if you are wondering what compels us to choose Hard Rock Penang, do drop by these four blogs in our earlier post.