Whilst exploring Krabi, one of Southern Thailand’s most picturesque regions, we were looking for somewhere to stay where we could relax and enjoy some great vegan food.
Our research led us to the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Resort so we decided to see if their vegan food would be as impressive as their famous swimming pool. We’re pleased to say it was!
The Vegan Food:
There are several restaurants in the resort offering vegan guests the option to eat a variety of cuisines including Thai, Italian and Indian food.
Vegan options at breakfast included an extensive fresh fruit and salad bar, fresh juices and soya milk as well as really, really good tasting coffee (which can be hard to find in Thailand).
Our favourite breakfast offering was the noodle station where there was a huge pot of bubbling vegan stock which formed the basis of our delicious fresh rice noodle soup. The soup was full of greens, crunchy beansprouts, lightly pickled vegetables and ginger, spring onions and fried garlic.
We also loved the plain rice congee, flavoured with soy sauce, sweet pickled chillies, dried crushed chillies, chopped spring onion and fried garlic . All these extra vegan goodies meant our congee at the Sofitel was particularly gorgeous.
For lunch we dined next to that famously large pool and enjoyed a selection of Indian and Thai dishes that had been veganised for us.
Our first course was a delicious ‘Papri Chaat’ which was as tasty as it was colourful.
Made from soft boiled potato with fresh onion, tomato, corriander and spices that had been heaped on top of fried wheat flour ‘wafers’. It was dressed with a sweet, spicy tamarind sauce and scattered with crispy ‘sev’.
Our main course was an amazing vegan ‘Vegetable Kofta Curry’ which consisted of soft vegetable dumplings cooked in a creamy rich onion sauce. It was definitely one of those dishes that we could have eaten again.
The dumplings were packed full of cauliflower, cashews, carrots and green peas before being submerged in a rich spicy onion sauce that had been made creamy with the use of a cashew nut paste. Truly wonderful and a real highlight of our meal.
The Thai dishes we sampled (again 100% vegan and animal free) included pretty handrolls filled with tofu, rice noodles, salad, fresh corriander and chilli with a spicy tamarind-laden dressing and a fresh vegetable and tofu stir-fried dish flavoured with soy, chilli and Thai basil. Both were very tasty.
The Vegan Essentials:
We are pleased to say we were able to select animal free pillows from the pillow menu.
There were a good range of complementary amenities, but we were unable to confirm if these were vegan.
However, there was some natural aloe vera gel and natural insect repellant available for purchase in the room which were 100% plant based.
The Spa uses L’Occitane products which sadly aren’t vegan. This was a shame as it looked very inviting!
The Vegan Food Quest Verdict:
Check in here to enjoy delicious vegan food from around the globe for breakfast, lunch and dinner and don’t forget to try the incredibly tasty vegan Indian food.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area or relax in the resort where you have the chance to swim in Thailand’s largest swimming pool.
We were guests of Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Resort but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.
200 Moo 3 T.Nongtalay,
81000 – Krabi,
Telephone: (+66) 75 627800
Cost From: £90 / $145 per night (May 2015)