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.
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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 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.
Recommendation: The rainbow rolls were absolutely delish!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recommendation: Try the chickpea and mango curry and order a warm brownie for dessert.
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 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 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 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!
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.
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 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.
Recommendation: The raw sushi was amazing, definitely worth trying!
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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