Golden Button กระดุมทอง, The Best-est (Cheap) Thai Durian EVER!

That bright yellow thing called out for me, and I was momentarily blinded by it. Drama. But, if one sees bright yellow durian flesh in Thailand, one can’t help but be dramatic about it. We’re talking about “real durian” versus “pale tasteless” durian in this Land of Durian-but-not-Durian, you see.

I swear by the moon and the stars in the sky that Puang Manee พวงมณี durian is the best-est species in Thailand, but itis darn freaking expensive at 250/300 baht per kilo. Thai’s #1 Monthong durian on the other hand, is priced around 150 baht per kilo. And it was selling at 169 baht/kilo at BigC today.

And now my friends, this “Kra Dum Thong”, “Gradumtung” or “Kradumtung” กระดุมทอง aka Golden Button durian is priced almost the same as the “tasteless” Monthong at BigC. If you share the same durian tastebud as me, make a beeline for it. According to this website here, Golden Button durian is an early season variety in Thailand, fruiting around March. 

I bought one small pack to try, ended up going back for more .. No more writing, let the durian fiesta begins ….

Monthong at 169 baht/kilo
Monthong’s pale yellow vs Golden Button’s bright yellow
Golden Button galore at BigC
.. only 159 baht/kilo
Real yellow = real durian
Not 1, but 3 packs .. happy tummylicious
… and one day later, price slashed to 41.50 baht/pack


Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

4 thoughts on “Golden Button กระดุมทอง, The Best-est (Cheap) Thai Durian EVER!

  • April 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Cheapest comfortable way frm dmk to davis bkk? What would u recommend fir 5pax? Arriving moro afternoon-22/4 local time frm klia2. Tq

    • April 22, 2017 at 12:16 am

      Hi Mervyn,

      I am not familiar with The Davis Bangkok’s location .. I looked at the location on Google Map, and it’s around 30km from airport, around 30 mins depending on traffic. There are 5 of you, not sure whether you are a family group with young kids, elderly, etc .. and whether you have lots of luggages,etc. If you do not encounter any scam, etc … taxi fare will work out almost the same as “cheap” way of traveling aka Airport Bus + BTS + Hotel Shuttle.

      I have not experienced taking a large taxi from Don Mueang Airport – from what I read, it should be the same fare as per “normal” taxi rate, but I do not know for sure.

      So either you take a (large) taxi – a meter taxi will cost you around 300-400 baht, including toll and service fee – read more about taxi from Don Mueang here

      Or Airport Bus + BTS + Hotel Tuk-tuk Shuttle combination:
      – Airport Bus A1/A2 to BTS Mo Chit (30 baht x 5 pax = 150 baht)
      – BTS Mo Chit to BTS Phrom Phrong (42 baht x 5 pax = 210 baht)
      – Walk 1.2km/Hotel Tuk Tuk Shuttle to Davis (Accord to Davis’ website

      Hope this helps, and safe trip.

      • April 22, 2017 at 12:37 am

        Hi there..thx for ur info. Am with family with a kid. Shall most likely take the big taxi for 5 then. Thx again..cheers

        • May 11, 2017 at 10:19 am

          Hi Mervyn,

          Hope you had a good trip in Bangkok.
          So, you got the taxi alright from Don Mueang Int’l Airport? Did you get into a big taxi, and is the taxi rate standardized + how much?

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