Vegan Guide to Bangkok

Bangkok, capital city in the ‘Land of Smiles’.

It’s a bustling, busy, noisy, dirty, exciting, vibrant city of extremes; with culture, adventure, beauty and amazing vegan food right at your fingertips; should you know where to look.

Vegan Food Quest has been scouring South East Asia on a mission to Find, Eat and Write about the Best Vegan Food in the World.

We love Bangkok and are always happy to visit because there are so options for vegans in this huge Asian city; every nationality’s cuisine seems to be represented here and there’s a great range of eateries meaning you can spend the time in between sightseeing enjoying tasty, vegan food.

May Veggie Home

They serve Thai, Japanese or Western food (using tofu or mock meats) plus vegan cake and ‘Coco Much’ vegan ice cream!

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Chocolate and coconut vegan ice cream.

The Penang curry is pretty special and we loved having the choice of brown rice, other must try dishes include the mushroom Tom Kha soup and the stuffed avocado salad; both dishes are delicious and we found ourselves going back for more.

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Spicy and packed with flavour mushroom Tom Kha soup.

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Healthy, nutritious and super tasty avocado salad.

The atmosphere is relaxed and everything served is 100% vegan… which makes it a ‘must visit’ place in our book.

A detailed review of May Veggie Home can be found here.

May Veggie Home

8/3 (Asoke-Sukhumvit Intersection) Ratchadaphisek Road,
Khlong Toei,
Bangkok 10110.

Directions: Take the BTS to Asoke station, leave via exit 4 and walk down Sukhumvit Road until you get to Ratchadaphisek Road (this is the main Asok/Sukhumvit junction), turn right, walk 100m and May Veggie Home is on your right.

The Best Vegan Food Court at Baan Suan Pai (Banana Family Park)

This local, all vegan food court serves a great variety of Thai food either ready made, or served to your table in minutes; there’s even food to take away. There are soups, mock meats, noodle dishes, tofu, veggies and every Thai flavour you could ever dream of.

It’s a local restaurant so expect spicy, but there are always a few dishes (normally the sweet and sour looking ones) that are suitable for those with a sensitive palate.

Make sure you get there before 2pm when it closes though…

Superb vegan food court with a gentle vibe and great food!

Superb vegan food court with a gentle vibe and great food!

Our favourite place is on the right hand side as you face the food vendors, stretching around the corner with a huge display of ready made dishes. They have red rice and a plateful of tofu, vegetables and mock meats with rice should only set you back 45 THB.

Very tasty (but a little un-healthy mock meat dishes.

Very tasty (but a little un-healthy) mock meat dishes.

So much to choose from and all vegan.

So much to choose from and all vegan.

A plateful of vegan goodness for less than £1.

A plateful of vegan goodness for less than £1.

There were also some delicious fresh spring rolls and a great juice bar where you can select your chosen fruits and veggies and they’ll juice them right in front of you for 40 THB.

Fresh & healthy vegan spring rolls.

Fresh & healthy vegan spring rolls.

A visit to Baan Suan Pai can also be combined with stocking up on goodies from the small health food shop on your left as you walk in. It’s a great place to buy nutritional supplements, vegan snacks and natural cosmetics.

The well stocked health food shop at Bann

The well stocked health food shop at Baan Suan Pai.

Baan Suan Pai

17/1 Phahon Yothin Rd,
Phaya Thai,
Bangkok.

Directions: Take the BTS to Ari, leave via exit 1 then walk towards the Esso garage. The entrance to Baan Suan Pai is just before the garage, on the right; walk all the way down to the end of the covered walkway (there’s stalls either side), turning left at the end and the food court opens up in front of you.

Vegan Street Food at the Night Market on Sukhumvit 38

Head to Sukhumvit 38 to eat on the street with the locals; it’s lively, the smell of chilies and garlic fills the air, the noise of stir frying in giant woks and you’ll be surrounded people and the hustle and bustle of Thai life.

You will need to veganise your food with the use of pointing, a few thai phrases and a bit of luck but it’s worth it for the experience.

Unless you speak Thai, phrases like ‘kin jeh’ will come in handy here (this is the closest phrase to ‘eat vegan’ that Thai people will understand).

The opportunity to try ‘Award Winning Pad Thai’ is within your grasp and although we’ve had better vegan pad thais in Thailand, a visit to this lively night market does give you a taste of street food culture.

Yummy Pad Thai.

Yummy Pad Thai.

Keep your eyes peeled for ‘khanom krok’ – our favourite sweet vegan street food made from rice flour, sugar and coconut milk. These little pancakes are nothing short of a wonder and should be eaten at every opportunity trust us!

We can't get enough of these beauties.

We can’t get enough of these beauties.

Directions to the Night Market on Sukhumvit 38: Take the BTS to Thong Lor, head to Soi 38 and at the top of the street as you turn in, on the right hand side as you enter, there’s a sub soi where you’ll find the ‘Award Winning Pad Thai’ stall at the end.

Raw Food Bliss at Rasayana Retreat

Nearly vegan (they use honey) this raw food restaurant does amazing things with fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables. It’s well worth a visit for the raw vegan cake alone but the salads, Mexican taco cups, raw pizzas and spiralised vegetable spaghetti noodle dishes are definitely worth trying out too.

Raw Mexican taco cups.

Raw Mexican taco cups.

Raw vegetable spaghetti.

Raw vegetable spaghetti.

The food is fresh, colourful, full of flavour and bursting with life; it’s the kind of place where the food actually makes you feel better after eating it and it’s also the kind of place where you’ll be amazed at what an be done with plant based, whole food ingredients (who knew raw vegan cake could taste this good?!).

The cake here is seriously good.

The cake here is seriously good.

This lime pie was our favourite.

This lime pie was our favourite.

A detailed review of one of our visits to Rasayana Retreat can be found here.

Rasayana Retreat

57 Soi Prom-mitr,
Sukhumvit 39,
Wattana,
Bangkok 0110.

Directions: Take the BTS to Phrong Pong and leave via exit 3. Take the first left onto Sukhumvit Soi 39 and walk down the street for about 10 minutes, turning right into 57 Soi Prommitr. Keep walking until you see this sign on your left, pointing up the small road that Rasayana is on.

Fine Dining at Bo.lan

Although this isn’t a vegan restaurant, they have an amazing ‘Bo.lan Botanicals’ tasting menu that is 100% vegan. This restaurant is a pretty special place and so if you love fine dining Thai vegan food, you won’t be disappointed with the magic that goes on in the kitchen.

To put it in a nutshell: Bo.lan is a vegan foodie’s paradise.

Expect beautifully presented, tasty food art, arriving in a steady stream to your table where you’ll be blown away with dish after dish of amazing Thai food.

 

Delicate presentation and powerful flavours at Bo.lan.

Delicate presentation and powerful flavours at Bo.lan.

 

Fresh and spicy dish served with edible flowers.

Fresh and spicy dish served with edible flowers.

This isn’t an ordinary dining experience, this is a place where happy food memories are made and where the wonders of beautiful Thai food are celebrated with every dish.

Our delicious platter of desserts at Bo.lan.

Our delicious platter of desserts at Bo.lan.

A detailed review of our meal at Bo.lan can be found here.

Bo.lan

24 Sukhumvit 53 Alley,
Watthana,
Bangkok 10110.

Directions: Take the BTS to Thong Lor, leave via exit 1 and walk towards Sukhumvit Soi 24. Turn left and walk down the road for a few hundred metres, Bo.Lan is on the right hand side of the road.

Veganerie

There are few vegans that visit Bangkok and don’t love Veganerie and their selection of vegan cakes, waffles, shakes, ice creams, pastries and more. It’s a big fat slice of vegan heaven and you should definitely make this your first place to visit in Bangkok because you’ll definitely want to go back. You can read our write up of our (several) trips to Veganerie here but be warned, it contains some serious vegan food porn.

Vegan waffles at Veganerie

You can make your own delicious vegan waffle plate at Veganerie.

Vegan chocolate brownie shakes are good at Veganerie

We drank this vegan chocolate brownie shake during one of our visits to our favourite vegan bakery in the world!

Veganerie
4th Floor Mercury Ville Mall,
Sukhumvit Road,
Bangkok.

Directions: Take the BTS to Chit Lom and take exit 4 which goes straight into Mercury Ville Mall (it’s the red building). Go up to the 4th Floor, turn right at the top of the elevator, you’ll see Veganerie in front of you. 

Opening Hours: Daily – 10am to 10pm

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We’re sure to head back through Bangkok at some stage so will update our Vegan Guide to Bangkok as we discover new places to eat, but if you get there before us, have a different favourite spot that you think should be included, or want some more information about any of the places we visited, then feel free to get in touch.

Happy vegan eating!

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Or why don’t you come and stay with us in our very own Vegan Villa in Siem Reap, Cambodia where we can treat you to the best of vegan hospitality and share with you our favourite vegan spots in Temple Town; check out our listing on Airbnb and come and stay if you’re in the area!

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18 thoughts on “Vegan Guide to Bangkok

  1. Franca

    I miss Thai food so much and seeing all these delicious vegan food makes me craving for some. I really need to go back to Bangkok and Thailand altogether and experience it as a vegan, I became vegetarian while I was there but not vegan yet.

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    1. Caryl Post author

      the food here is incredible, SO many options and where we are now (Chiang Mai) seems to have an endless supply of veggie / vegan / raw options – we find new places every day! we’re trying to write a guide but every i=time we thing we have all of our favs covered we find a new one….

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    1. PAUL Post author

      We didn’t visit either but will do next time – we couldn’t stop ourselves returning to the same places…

      Will 100% be there in January and possibly sooner – depends how things pan out this year….arriving in Siem Reap has made me realise just how good we had it in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai – there are a couple of places here but not much choice, no health food shop and it is more expensive 🙁

      Just got a small apartment though so can start cooking again 🙂

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    1. Caryl Post author

      Thanks for the support and also sharing post on Facebook page – much appreciated:)
      We loved May Veggie Home too, we often stay near by so it is our ‘local’ when in town, won’t be back until January 2015 but will certainly visit then…
      Had some great vegan Thai food in Siem Reap, Cambodia last night – they made a special vegan curry paste for us and we enjoyed Pad Phet, Penang curry and mixed veg with tofu – decent uathentic flavours and we are looking forward to our next visit already!

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  2. Steph

    Good choices!
    I lived in Bangkok for 2 years (left last year) and was overall pretty disappointed with the vegan options.. I thought a lot of restaurants used too much oil and not enough fresh ingredients..
    I found that some of the BEST restaurants were the cheapest. Most of the mall food courts (including MBK and Terminal 21) have vegetarian stalls with at least a few vegan options (“jay”) and for about 1USD for a whole, big meal.

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    1. Caryl Post author

      That’s so true about cheap, local places often being the best – Thailand is great for those!! We’re discovering new places there all the time and our next visit will definitely include the new vegan cake place that sells vegan waffles and ice cream too! It looks amazing 🙂

      Do let us know about any other places to check out, we never get tired of looking for vegan food!!

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  3. Steph

    Oops – I forgot the best one in my above comment! Mango near Khao San Road was my overall favorite vegan restaurant, inexpensive, great dishes, fresh flavors, and even with vegan (AMAZING) desserts and ice creams.

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    1. Caryl Post author

      That’s another one for the list to visit then! Thanks for the tip, we’ll try to check it out next time we get to Bangkok 🙂

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  4. Amber

    This has given me the fuel I need for my quick Bangkok visit in a months time. I shall be making sure, as many of these places are on my list to indulge in. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

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    1. Vegan Food Quest Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it! We really love to eat our way around Bangkok and will be updating this guide as we find new places – feel free to share you discoveries too! Happy vegan traveling (and eating!) xx

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  5. Sara

    This is so helpful. I’m going to Thailand and Cambodia later this week and reading your posts on the vegan food has made me really excited. Can’t wait to go and try it all out.
    Sara

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    1. Vegan Food Quest Post author

      Hi Sara,
      Glad we can help – the vegan food in this part of the world is really exciting and I’m sure you’ll have a great time. Feel free to get in touch and ask us anything else, always happy to help!
      Have fun and happy vegan travels
      Caryl 🙂

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    1. Vegan Food Quest Post author

      Hi Elyssa,
      I don’t think you need to book Bo.lan that far in advance but if you know you want to visit then there’s no harm in dropping them an email to make your reservation. As for the vegan mayo, you shouldn’t have any problems taking it back home with you but probably best to look online with the Australian Customs office. Sadly, they no longer sell that mayo where we found it in the mall – we’ll be updating our guide soon and taking this out (as well as adding a few new things we discovered on our last trip there).
      Hope that helps, drop us an email if you have any other questions.
      Caryl

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  6. Dave Immerz

    Great guide, thanks for the tips! We’re in Bangkok now & also recommend:
    – Talalask (Central World, Level 7 food court at back of the supermarket for a cheap Isan option cooked as you order)
    – Na Aroon Restaurant can do great vegan dishes as a more expensive option (www.ariyasom.com/vegetarian-restaurant-bangkok.html).
    – Veganerie for desserts & some breakfast options just off Chit Lom BTS in Mercury Ville mall (facebook.com/VeganBakeryBangkok)

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    1. Vegan Food Quest Post author

      Thanks Dave! Have been meaning to update the guide for a while and add in details of our trip to Veganerie (oh the red velvet cake!) and Talalask (oh the pad see ew!) so thanks for the link. Will have to check out your other tip when we are back in January… already looking forward to it! Let us know of anything else we should try too… we love Bangkok! Caryl 🙂

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