Vegan in Thailand – Your Vegan Food Guide to Thailand

by Katja Kaven

So you’re vegan in Thailand? No worries! Pretty much everywhere you go, you’ll find some great vegan options. To give you a few recommendations, I’ve compiled this blog post including all of my favorite vegan restaurants in Thailand.

This vegan food guide to Thailand includes vegan restaurants and cafes in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, and Koh Lanta. I ordered the destinations by the number of vegan places I’m recommending. Bear in mind, this obviously depends on how much time I spent in each destination – I’m sure there are a lot of great vegan restaurants in Bangkok but because I was only there for a day, I didn’t have time to try a lot. Now without further ado, let’s get into my recommendations.

Tip: You can also find most of the food in my highlights on my Instagram. I try to update these quite regularly. So, consider following me on Instagram in order to get food recommendations even before I post a new vegan food guide on here.

Vegan in Koh Tao – Koh Tao restaurants

I spent a lot of time on Koh Tao because I was doing my open water diving certificate here. But I honestly did not mind at all. In addition to incredible sunsets, there are also a lot of amazing vegan restaurants in Koh Tao. Therefore, it is the perfect place for any vegan in Thailand.

Delish

Delish had opened just shortly before I went there but it was still amazing. The location is very stylish and green and the owner Stephanie always up for a chat. Only make sure to check the opening hours. The first time we went, they were actually already closed but Stephanie still served us without even telling us that they were closed. It just took a long time because she had already sent all of her employees home. The food is delicious, just as the name promises! Bonus points: Delish is completely plant-based.

Vegan restaurant in Koh Tao, great for being vegan in Thailand
A delish poke bowl.

Recommendation: The rainbow rolls were absolutely delish!

The Factory

My only regret that I have about The Factory is that I didn’t discover that they have vegan options until my penultimate day. I still went there twice to eat so that should tell you something. Another very stylish cafe with a great menu. (I had to come back to try out some more of the things because once just wasn’t enough).

Recommendation: Go for the choc chic pancakes. Or the choc lovers smoothie bowl. Or any smoothie bowl for that matter (you know me).

Vegan pancakes in Koh Tao, must-go for vegans in Thailand
These pancakes were so amazing!
VegetaBowl

This colorfully decorated, entirely vegan restaurant in Koh Tao was the first place on Koh Tao we went to. And oh boy, they sure have a lot of delicious vegan options. Even better, their menu is very healthy and won’t leave you in a food coma after enjoying their tasty meals.

Recommendation: Honestly, any of their bowls. 

Vegan bowls in Koh Tao, every vegan in Thailand should check it out.
You don’t want to miss this healthy bowl of deliciousness!
Living Juices

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I love smoothie bowls. Living Juices provides just that. Located close to the beach, this bar type cafe offers a variety of different smoothie bowls as well as daily specials to save some money or enjoy even more of their fresh goods!

Recommendation: The Copabanana for all things banana and peanut.

Vegan smoothie bowl in Thailand
As you know, I’m always up for a smoothie bowl!
Culture Cafe

Culture Cafe is located right on the beach and the perfect spot for breakfast or brunch. They don’t have many vegan options but their scrambled tofu sandwich was very tasty.

Recommendation: Scrambled tofu sandwich.

Vegan breakfast in Koh Tao, every vegan in Thailand should try
Loved this scrambled tofu sandwich for breakfast
Baia Burger Concept

Baia Burger Concept is another place with not a lot of vegan options. But if you feel like a vegan burger, this is your place to go!

Recommendation: I went for the chickpea falafel burger.

Vegan burger in Thailand
Are you up for some vegan burger?
La Carotte Qui Rit

La Carotte Qui Rit is located close to the port, an area where I didn’t spend much time. I met up here with a friend (and of course forgot to take a picture of my food, the great blogger I am haha). But I can promise you that they have a large menu with great healthy options, all of which are vegetarian and a lot that are vegan.

Vegan in Chiang Mai – great for being vegan in Thailand

Chiang Mai is a very popular place among backpackers and I can see why. It’s also one of the places where tourists usually go to elephant sanctuaries, so I would urge you to check out my Instagram posts on how to find an ethical elephant sanctuary (here, here, and here). Furthermore, Chiang Mai is a great place for yoga retreats and vegan food.

Asa Vegan Kitchen and Studio

This cute place is not only one of my favorite vegan cafes in Chiang Mai, but it also has a yoga studio. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to join any classes but I did have food there a couple of times. Everything I’ve tried was very delicious but I especially enjoyed the desserts.

Vegan food in Thailand
Get your veggies in

Recommendation: Try the chickpea and mango curry and order a warm brownie for dessert.

SukiShake

One thing you simply cannot miss when visiting Chiang Mai is going to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. You can have a delicious smoothie or smoothie bowl from SukiShake while you’re there to make your visit even better.

Recommendation: You know me, I always go for the smoothie bowls.

Vegan smoothie bowls in Chiang Mai - loved trying this being vegan in Thailand
Tasted so good!
Vegan Heaven

Vegan Heaven is THE vegan restaurant in Chiang Mai to go to if you’re craving some fast food. Don’t expect amazing Instagrammable food but I’ve definitely enjoyed my vegan hot dog. Plus, I liked that they put quotes and pictures of vegan celebrities up on their wall.

Recommendation: Just go for any fast food you feel like at the moment, this is all about satisfying your cravings!

Vegan fast food in Thailand
I went for a hot dog with fries

Vegan in Koh Lanta – Koh Lanta restaurants

If you’re not sure whether you should add Koh Lanta to your Thailand itinerary, I’d say go for it! It’s so nice and peaceful – not as crowded with tourists yet – but there still are some fun hostels (I’d totally recommend Blanco Hostel) and bars to hang out at. Also, the island can easily be explored by scooter within a day or two. Most important (obviously), there are some great vegan cafes in Koh Lanta.

Backyard Cafe & Bistro Koh Lanta

Backyard Cafe & Bistro Koh Lanta is located very close to Blanco Hostel where we stayed. It’s a cute little place that feels like an oasis and they have some great vegan options. The smoothie bowl tasted a little bland for my taste but I loooved the caramelized banana toast with coconut flakes, chia seeds, nuts, and peanut butter.

Recommendation: The caramelized banana toast all the way!

This vegan cafe in Koh Lanta is a must for being vegan in Thailand
I still sometimes think about the caramelized banana toast.
Pure Koh Lanta

They serve smoothie bowls. I live for smoothie bowls. Do I have to say anything else? Go here for cold-pressed juice and raw vegan sweets. Also great for Instagramming your food! 😉

Recommendation: Any smoothie bowl – pick what you like most. They also have lunches that I didn’t get to try.

Vegan smoothie bowls in Koh Lanta, great for being vegan in Thailand
Look at that extra peanut butter – yummy!
Same Same But Different

This is probably one of the sayings I associate most with traveling South East Asia. This vegan restaurant in Koh Lanta was great regarding food and location (it’s right on the beach, very cute and perfect for sunsets) but the “vibe” could have been better. We were almost the only ones there and there was no music whatsoever. Very nice staff though.

Recommendation: I really liked the vegan Massaman Curry I ordered.

Vegan in Koh Phangan – great options for vegans in Thailand

I loved my time on Koh Phangan. We were staying in a bungalow right on the beach of the full moon party which was a great location. Contrary to Koh Tao where you can easily walk places, you should definitely consider hiring a scooter for getting around the island.

Karma Kafe

Karma Kafe is a dream for every vegan in Thailand. This cute place not only looks like something you would find on Instagram, but they also have incredibly delicious options. I went for their Malibu Sushi and for dessert, we shared a raw chocolate pie and a raw snickers bar. Definitely, THE place to go when looking for a vegan cafe on Koh Phangan.

Raw vegan dessert in Koh Phangan, great vegan dessert in Thailand
The raw cake was delicious!

Recommendation: The raw sushi was amazing, definitely worth trying!

Raw vegan food in Thailand
A must-try for any vegan in Thailand!
Eat.Co

Feel like vegan comfort food? Eat.Co is the place to go! Not only do they have two (!) cozy locations perfect for brunch with your friends, they also have vegan and gluten-free waffles on their menu! Yes, you’ve heard that right. I am not lying when I’m saying that I still sometimes dream about their waffles. I mean, just look at this picture! So what are you waiting for?

Recommendation: Any of the waffles. Obviously.

Vegan waffles in Koh Phangan, amazing vegan brunch in Thailand
Do you even have to ask why you should go here?!

Vegan in Bangkok – where to eat in Bangkok

Like I’ve mentioned before, I only spent a little over a day in Bangkok. Also, I spent most of that day around Khao San Road where our hostel was because my stop in Bangkok was mainly about organizing things, sending stuff home, and just life admin in general. I did, however, make one great vegan find that I want to tell you about. 

Mango Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant

This place is vegan heaven! I’m not even kidding. I am so glad that we stumbled across it. Located not far away from Khao San Road, it was also just a few minutes away from our hostel.

Mango has an enormous vegan menu that will probably take you a good few minutes to choose from. And the options are great. So great that we actually spent four out of five meals of our first visit to Bangkok at Mango.

Recommendation: Go for the banana chocolate pancakes! They also have good tempeh.

Vegan pancakes in Bangkok, best thing for any vegan in Thailand
The vegan banana pancakes were my favorite!

Vegan in Phuket – vegan restaurants in Phuket

Truth be told, Phuket wasn’t really my kind of place. Luckily, I was only there for a day as well. I had mostly “basic” vegan food (like rice and veggies) not worth mentioning. But there is one great place for vegan food in Phuket.

Vegan Table

This vegan cafe in Phuket is worth the visit! It’s located not far away from the Phuket Trickeye Museum. I went for the Mac’n’Cheeze Wraps which sound so wrong but tastes so right. They come with sweet potato fries and a salad and I can recommend trying them.

Recommendation: Mac’n’Cheeze Wraps – you will be pleasantly surprised by this combination.

Vegan restaurant in Phuket, Thailand
Vegan Mac’n’Cheeze Wraps

I hope this vegan food guide was helpful. Let me know if I’ve missed your favorite vegan place in Thailand! Also, feel free to reach out to me with any questions and tag me if you visit any of these places.

Tip: Follow me on Instagram here to keep up with my life after traveling.

Check out more of my vegan food guides! I got guides on CangguUbudQueenstownNew ZealandEast Coast AustraliaByron BayHobartthe PhilippinesVietnamthe Ha Giang Loop and Cambodia.

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32 comments

Farrah March 6, 2020 - 21:37

I wouldn’t have thought there’d be much vegan food in Thailand but you found so many awesome places! The food photos look amazing! *-*

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Katja Kaven March 7, 2020 - 22:39

Thank you! Yeah I was so glad about that!!

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Portia Jones March 5, 2020 - 08:21

My vegetarian friend is going to Thailand soon, so i’ll send her over this post as I know she is worried about what she can eat in Thailand. 🙂

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Katja Kaven March 7, 2020 - 22:39

Thank you for sharing my post! And yeah, she definitely doesn’t need to worry at all 🙂 Tell her that she can reach out to me if she has any questions!!

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Ana @labellesociety March 5, 2020 - 08:10

Hey hon!! By chance I saw you in the Wandering Women FB group 🙂 This looks amazing! When I lived in Thailand back in 2014 vegan restaurants were not even close to an option. It is crazy how fast the world is changing. Love the pictures too! great job!

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Katja Kaven March 7, 2020 - 22:35

Oh so nice to meet you on here as well – so in love with your Instagram! It’s amazing how vegan food options are spreading – I’m living for it!!

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Suvarna Arora March 5, 2020 - 03:39

All the food looks delicious. Glad to know some great options now.

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Katja Kaven March 7, 2020 - 22:34

Yayy always happy to share!

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Tania Muthusamy March 4, 2020 - 12:26

I’m impressed with how good the vegan food looks. I’ll have to try some of these when I go to Thailand. The smoothie bowls and the chickpea and mango curry sound delicious, oh and the caramelised banana toast too.

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Katja Kaven March 7, 2020 - 22:33

Haha I couldn’t decide either! Let me know how you liked the places!

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Disha Smith March 2, 2020 - 08:33

Wow! All of this food looks so delicious… especially the pancakes. I’m going to eat vegan next time I’m in Thailand.

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Katja Kaven March 2, 2020 - 10:11

That’s great! Let me know how it goes 🙂

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Ingrid March 2, 2020 - 06:05

Everything looks absolutely delicious! And the food in Thailand is amazing, I bet all these are must-tries!

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Katja Kaven March 2, 2020 - 10:10

They sure are!

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Hannah March 1, 2020 - 19:21

Those choc chic pancakes look AMAZING! I’m drooling! Also, I’ve never tried a smoothie bowl but they look fantastic!

Hannah | https://getlost.blog/

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Katja Kaven March 2, 2020 - 10:10

Trust me, they were! I fell in love with smoothie bowls during my time traveling, you should definitely try one someday!

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Stephanie March 1, 2020 - 17:00

Thank you for sharing all these great places, I pinned them all on my Google maps! Can’t wait to go back to Thailand!

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Katja Kaven March 1, 2020 - 19:12

You’re welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy these places as much as I did!!

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Jessica Pascoe March 1, 2020 - 11:29

I’ve recently been trying vegetarianism and it’s been challenging but rewarding – and this list and your blog in general is super helpful for when travelling 🙂

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Katja Kaven March 1, 2020 - 19:09

Thank you for your comment, Jessica! Glad to hear you’ve been trying eating vegetarian. I can imagine that it’s challenging at times. Keep going but don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up once and just get back to it! There are so many great vegetarian/vegan places around the world. Soon, you won’t even feel like you’re missing anything! 🙂 Trust me, I am an ex steak lover haha!

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Shannon March 1, 2020 - 00:13

The food looks so yummy and colorful! Glad to know that there are a lot of vegan options in Thailand!!

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Katja Kaven March 1, 2020 - 19:07

It really was yummy!

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Aaren Prody February 29, 2020 - 22:00

I am DROOLING! Asia always has the hookup when it comes to vegan food! Did you find a good Pad Thai anywhere?

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Katja Kaven March 1, 2020 - 19:07

Oh for sure! Yes I had an amazing one in Koh Tao but I don’t remember the name of the place, unfortunately.

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Jenni February 29, 2020 - 21:18

All brilliant suggestions! Looks very tempting indeed!

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Katja Kaven March 1, 2020 - 19:05

Yayy glad you think so!

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Melissa February 29, 2020 - 18:08

The waffles at Eat.Co look delicious! I am a vegetarian and always looking for vegetarian/vegan options when I travel. It can be difficult to find good places to eat, but these all look great! Saving for future reference.

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Katja Kaven March 1, 2020 - 19:05

The waffles were delicious – and the first vegan waffles I’ve had after being vegan for over 3 years. Now it’s almost been 4 and I still haven’t had waffles again haha. Glad this was helpful!

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Cass February 29, 2020 - 13:39

I turned fully vegan while in Thailand and it was the best place to be. So many delicious options! Great post.

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Katja Kaven February 29, 2020 - 13:44

Oh that’s so great to hear! Thank you.

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Soujanya February 29, 2020 - 12:56

Those vegan mac n cheese wraps look absolutely delicious! I’d love to get my hands on some. Thanks for this guide 🙂

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Katja Kaven February 29, 2020 - 13:07

They were so delicious! You’re welcome 🙂

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