Three Fruits Banned from the Hotel Rooms of Southeast Asia

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Posted: 11/07/2013 2:25 pm

Where: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

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 fruitthe smell is often likened to rotting, gross feetis 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 druits? Well, Kuini is described as having a "characteristic fragrant resinous smell," while Cempedak rates worse, like "fermented urine combined with sweet syrup."

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