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Durian Vendor, Ben Thanh Market - Widely known and appreciated in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour and formidable thorn covered husk. The edible flesh emits a distinctive smell, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and offensive - the smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust. The odour has led to the fruit's banishment from hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.
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Durian Vendor, Ben Thanh Market - Widely known and appreciated in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour and formidable thorn covered husk.  The edible flesh emits a distinctive smell, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and offensive - the smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust. The odour has led to the fruit's banishment from hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.