Chams House

Koh Kood is one of those islands that you’ll definitely want to visit; think pristine white sand beaches, friendly local life and a laid back pace of life that’s irresistible. You can leave Bangkok in the morning and be relaxing on the beach by the late afternoon, yet the island still retains a remote island feel.

Chams House on the Western side of the island, is a great place to head to if you want to escape from it all and relax. There’s everything you need for a perfect, chilled getaway; infinity pool, spa, gorgeous beach and well designed, modern rooms or villas depending on your budget.

The picture postcard beach at Chams House.

The picture postcard beach at Chams House.

Our favourite spot to relax in the evenings...

Our favourite spot to relax in the morning…

Lovely view over the resort and out over the Gulf of Thailand from the infinity pool.

Gaze over the treetops and lose yourself in views of the Gulf of Thailand as you float in the infinity pool.

But even views as good as these won’t hit the spot if the vegan food and vegan friendliness of the service isn’t up to scratch. We took our Vegan Food Quest there to check out how suitable Chams House is for vegan travellers like us.

Did we leave feeling we’d missed out or were we amazed?

The Vegan Food:

Breakfast each day consisted of a selection of tropical fruits, fresh juices, great coffee and soya milk too. The chef offered to prepare us vegan noodles and vegan fried rice which we happily accepted, both were very tasty – a perfect start to our day at Chams House.

Chams House - breakfast

Spicy glass noodles with vegetables and curry flavours to set us up for a day of relaxation.

The menu at Chams house already contained some vegetarian options which were vegan and so we were able to order with little planning or notice (always a good thing for a traveling vegan).

We picked this vegetable and hot basil dish which was deliciously spicy and full of Thai basil, garlic and sweet soy flavours.

Chams House - dinner 1

But we always like to give a Chef the chance to flex their culinary skills and so we asked if we could try a selection of vegan dishes which had been adapted from non vegan items on the menu.

With a bit of notice, this was no problem at all and the amazing vegan food was flowing.

We ate delicate Japense tofu, seasoned with soy sauce, chilli and peppercorns; sweetness and saltiness blending perfectly with the spice from the peppers and the creamy soft tofu.

Trio of tofu

Trio of Japanese tofu.

We loved this fruity version of a traditional ‘Som Tam’ made using local fruits and cashews but with the same garlicky, spicy lime dressing that you get in a green papaya salad.

Chams House - dinner 2

Som Tam inspired spicy fruit and cashew salad – definitely one to try at Chams House.

Pumpkin and tofu kebabs, threaded onto lemongrass skewers were covered in a spicy rich Penang sauce, they looked beautiful but tasted even better with a coconut smooth, peanut laced sauce giving a spicy, velvety coating to the chargrilled vegetables.

More tasty vegan food @ Chams House

Spicy Penang sauce ladled over lemongrass pumpkin skewers with tofu too.

Now we know this next dish doesn’t look as glamorous as others but never let looks deceive you. These humble looking cabbage rolls were stuffed with shiitake mushrooms and vegetables and were swimming in the most delicious umami rich gravy.

We actually wanted to lick the plate.

Chams House - dinner 5

Stuffed cabbage rolls.

We also tried the vegetable red curry, which is definitely not for the feint hearted. This dish was super spicy, but then you don’t come to Thailand and not expect a bit of spice. Creamy coconut, fragrant basil and lots of chilli with crunchy fresh vegetables and bonus pieces of fresh pineapple inside – a lovely twist on the usual recipe. It was so good that even though our mouths were on fire, we couldn’t stop eating it.

Chams House - dinner 4

Volcanically spicy red curry with pineapple.

The Vegan Essentials:

Our deluxe ocean view room was bright and modern with a small balcony that looked out to sea; our bed had non feather pillows, and some of the bathroom amenities were made by Thai skincare company Thann and appeared to be made from vegan ingredients, not tested on animals and free from paragons.

Chams House - Deluxe Ocean View Room

Deluxe ocean view room at Chams House.

The Vegan Food Quest Verdict:

Check in to Chams House for a perfect escape from the city and enjoy the vegan friendly service, the pristine beach and some very tasty Thai vegan food!

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We were guests of Chams House but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.

Chams House
Koh Kood,
Thailand.

Telephone: + 66 (0)81 651 4744

Email: info@chamshouse.com

Cost From: £120 / $180 per night (June 2015)

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