Life Is Sweet in Thailand

So we’re back in Thailand after an amazing Month in Vietnam that saw us eating, drinking and generally being merry in some of the coolest spots we have every travelled to.

In Hoi An we fell in love with the people and the place, before we traveled South for some über vegan luxury.

When we got to Thailand it was the middle of the a Chinese Buddhist Vegetarian Festival which is celebrated in Trang (which is where we are) as well as more famously in Phuket.

We’ll write more about the Vegetarian Festival as soon as we’ve gathered our thoughts about this crazy event and edited about a million pictures and a million hours of video…

In the meantime, we thought we’d let you all know that life is sweet in Thailand… literally. We’ve noticed that sugar is everywhere in Thailand, in all sorts of unexpected places.

Take these baked beans (bought because we have a kitchen at the moment and when we have a kitchen we like to cook scrambled tofu with baked beans of course). Full of sugar. Like dessert sweet.

Too sweet, a crime against baked beans in fact

baked beans

And these crisps (bought because no matter how hard we try to be super healthy vegans, we love crisps). Full of sugar… Sweetcorn flavoured sweet sugary corn snacks.

corn chips

Coffee comes with a ton of sugar as standard, fruit juice – you guessed it, just a few spoonfuls of the sweet stuff to enhance that already sweet fruity goodness.

And desserts? They are so sweet sometimes that your teeth might just fall out after eating them. Having said this though, we must admit that we still love the little rice flour and coconut milk pancakes known as Khanom Krok and can eat these no matter how sweet they are, plus recently we’ve discovered ‘khanom kee mod’ which tastes like crushed up ‘Nice’ biscuits, only better.

We cannot get enough Khanom Krok

khanom krok

Luckily though, as soon as the sugar gets too much, it seems we get a huge hit of the other thing that Thai people love: chilli. The food in Thailand is so hot; spicy, eye watering, sweat dripping down your face hot.

2 more plates of hot & spicy Thai vegan food – yum

thai buddhist gaff

And if there’s one thing that can help balance out a fiery curry, it’s something sweet.

Hmmm… Maybe the Thais are onto something?

Check out a selection of other vegan travel blog posts…


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  1. Dale October 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Another year goes by in which we don’t make it to Thailand for the vegetarian festival. Such a shame.

    Some of our friends were there last year and reported back nothing but amazing meals with delicious food every day. I’m quite sure that they left twice the size too.

    • VeganMush October 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      You guys have gotta go, it’s such a great experience! It’s a huge spiritual festival with the bonus of vegan food everywhere… watch this space as we’re trying to write up some of our experiences, then there’s the hours of crazy videos to edit! We want to go back again next year too, such a sense of freedom being to walk around and eat food at will, knowing it was 100% animal free 🙂

  2. MAKAN MAKAN April 16, 2024 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the information

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