1 Durian (Tu-Rian)
Surely the most controversial fruit on earth, durian is to its fans a rich, unique-tasting fruit. To its critics, it's a putrid-smelling, lame duck of a fruit. Its extremely strong aroma – which some say resembles rotting fruit down a blocked drain – let alone its aggressive look, is enough to put many off tasting it at all. Others swear by it. It's the most expensive of all Thai fruits and actually banned (yes banned!) from some public places, hotels and on planes.
2 Mangosteen (Mang-Kut)
Little known outside Thailand, the mangosteen is a bizarre-looking fruit that contains in its round, deep purple shell a delicate, flavorful white flesh that's eaten in sections. The number of sections found inside match the number of petals found on the bottom of the shell. A delicious, distinctive flavour also makes it wonderful for juices.
3 Snake fruit (Sala)
The creepy name of snake fruit comes from the pattern of the hard, brittle shell. But crack it open and you'll reveal white lobes of flesh that deliver a burst of sweet and sour flavours. The small seeds are inedible but can easily be eaten around.
4 Rambutan (NgoR)
Its name is derived from the Malay word rambut, meaning 'hair' – a result of the fruit's red-and-yellow spiky rind. Peeling this away reveals a firm, white, translucent flesh, which the Thais are especially adept at delicately carving away from its large seed.
5 Dragonfruit (Gao Mung Gorn)
The fruit of a cactus plant, the strange, unearthly looking dragonfruit has a lovely soft flesh that looks somewhat like that of kiwi fruit and is typically eaten with a spoon.