A Vegetarian's Survival Guide in Thailand Without Having to Rely on Indian Food!

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Are you a vegetarian exploring Thailand? Like in most of the oriental countries where the staple foods are made of meat, the only option to survive here would have been to look for Indian food. But now, with veganism and vegetarianism on the bloom everywhere, there are plenty of vegan restaurants and eateries that have opened up and there’s one good thing about that – vegetarians can now sample local Thai delicacies as well so you can have the complete Thai experience when you're here which includes gorging on some yummy Thai food!

Thailand’s got delectable and unique local food that has vegetarian and vegan versions of them everywhere in most of the big cities. Here's a list of some places in the major cities where you can sample some yummy local Thai dishes like the Pad Thai, Khao Pad, Thai salads, the green and red curries – all done up with absolutely no meat in them.

There’s something you should know before you experience the food at one of these restaurants : some of the menus of these places have vegetarian chicken and vegetarian mutton listed in them and these aren’t made of meat. They are in fact made out of tofu, soy protein and sometimes mushrooms and are considered as some sort of a replacement to meat, also called as mock-meat.

In Bangkok

Credits : Samat K Jain

Photo of May Veggie Home, Ratchadaphisek Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand by Anila Kopparapu

Located right at the heart of the city in Sukhumvit’s Ratchadaphisek road, this cosy little restaurant with pretty décor has some really yummy vegetarian versions of Thai food. The Pad thai, Khao Soi, green red and massaman curries and completely vegetarian versions of them all are worth trying for how they don’t miss out on the flavours while also not having meat. It isn’t just their Thai food but their continental cuisine that draws crowds to this place. Despite the location and the great food, it’s easy on the pockets too. So if you are a vegan looking for something great to eat, you should definitely consider May Veggie.

Where is it : 8/3 Sukhumvit 16, Ratchadapisek Road Klongtoei, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Book a Table here.

Must-try : Massaman curry, Tofu burger

Cost for two : 350 Baht approx.

This large chain of vegan restaurants has a branch in Bangkok as well and it’s one of the best places to rely on vegan food in Bangkok. Along with the many mock-meat versions of the local Thai dishes, there is quite a lot of international cuisine on the menu as well. Japanese, Vietnamese and Burmese are some of the cuisines you can find here. The prices are slightly higher than usual but well worth it for the taste and all the different kind of foods you get here.

Where is it : 51 Khwaeng Tha Raeng, Khet Bang Khen, Krung Thep Maha

Nakhon 10220, Thailand

Book a table here.

Must-try : Crispy Tofu, Mulberry Juice, Spring Rolls

Cost for two : 700 Baht

Khun Churn is located at the basement of a building near Ekamai bus station and despite being hard to find, this veggie Thai restaurant is something you are going to keep coming back to all through your stay in Bangkok. The décor is good and the food more so. The Thai dishes are all authentic and made of tofu, mushrooms, soy much like most other vegetarian thai restaurants. The added spice and crunch of the dishes here makes them really delicious.

Where is it : Mediplex (Underground Floor) นุสาศิริ Sukhumvit 42 Alley, Khwaeng Phra Khanong, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Book a table : +66 2 713 6599

Must-try : The soups and Pad Thai

Cost for two : 400 Baht

In Pattaya

If you’re looking for a great vegetarian restaurant in Pattaya that has got not just Thai cuisine (with all the mock meats and the regular Thai dishes), but also world cuisine, including pizzas, burgers, pastas and sushi. They have Indian food on offer as well and that makes this place a must visit. Everything tastes great and it is quite affordable too.

Where is it : 313 37 S Pattaya Rd, Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20260, Thailand

Book a table here.

Must-try : Papaya Salad, Black Rice, Pastas and their desserts.

Cost for two : 200-300 Baht

Suan Eakaparp

This one’s a delight to dine in and not just because of their wide spread of delicious tasting food all completely vegan but also because the restaurant is situated in a garden where they grow these plants that they make the food from. Like most of the vegan restaurants in Thailand, they make their dishes with tofu and mushrooms and have quite an interesting menu with authentic Thai vegan dishes.

Where is it : Sukhumvit Rd, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Thailand, 20150

Book a table : 0835863435

Must-try : Pineapple rice, Milkshakes

Cost for two : 200 Baht

In Phuket

Among the few thai vegan restaurants in Phuket is the Yo green that is located near the Bangla road. Along with the mock-meated Thai dishes, this place has got Indian, Italian and continental cuisine as well. There’s plenty to try out and they have all had great reviews.

Where is it : Rat Uthit 200 Yr Rd, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Book a table : 814578006

Must-try : Their Thai curries, Tom Yung

Cost for two : 300 Baht

Located near the Karon beach, the Santosa restaurant is also a yoga centre, spa and a juice bar. The vegan food here is great as well and has got some great Thai cuisine as well as international cuisine. The terrace setting with the view makes for a great ambience too. You’re going to love the experience of eating at this place for everything that it is.

Where is it : 3 Soi Plak Che2, Patak Road, Karon, Amphoe Muang, Phuket, Thailand

Book a table here or call at 076330600, 

Must-try : The cheese platter, Pizzas and the Cheesecake

Cost for two : 400 Baht

Have you been to any of these places? Know of more vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Thailand you'd like to share your experience of? You can do that here.

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