SEPTEMBER 2021: Due to COVID we have been unable to travel for more than 18 months, which means it’s been impossible to update our vegan travel guides. Therefore we cannot be sure if the below inclusions are still open, so please contact them directly to check. For up to date information, check out the excellent HappyCow, which you can find via the link at the bottom of this vegan guide.
Published December 2019
Here is our Vegan Guide to Koh Chang which is one of the largest islands in the gulf of Thailand. Easily accessible from Bangkok (6 hours via taxi and boat) and also close to the Cambodian border it is somewhere we have visited a number of times over the years. Until now, the vegan options have been limited but the recent opening of two 100% veggie restaurants in the Kai Bae Beach area made us excited to return. Having enjoyed the crystal clear waters and the excellent vegan food we will be heading back soon for sure. Let’s hope we can find a vegan friendly luxury hotel next time we visit too!
We would highly recommend this simple restaurant just set back from the main beach road in Kai Bae. Extensive veggie menu with many clearly marked vegan options meaning that it would be easy to come here every day and still not manage to try everything. That’s exactly what we did and enjoyed dishes including a tempe and avocado sandwich, seaweed mushroom salad, gyoza, tofu satay, mushroom and tempe skewers and a selection of some of the finest Thai curries – green, pineapple, massaman and Penang each and every one outstanding. In our opinion, this is the #1 vegan option in Koh Chang.
Opening Times: 11am-3pm and 7pm-midnight every day
Tiny restaurant with just two tables meaning you might have to wait but it’s worth it. Authentic Thai veggie food with many clearly marked vegan options. The only non vegan ingredient is egg in some of the dishes. We ordered green curry and red curry both with veg and tofu, also ginger tofu and all dishes come served with local wild rice. The green curry was outstanding with plenty of spice and plenty of flavour, the other dishes were very good also but the green curry stole the show. Great that there’s now a veggie / vegan option in Lonely Beach and we wish them all the best of luck. Very good indeed.
Fig Cafe is a modern cafe in a garden setting, also just off the main beach road in Kai Bae. Friendly staff and a cool place to hangout with great coffees, juices and a small veggie menu with a few clearly marked vegan options. We loved our almond milk cappuccino and cold pressed juices in their peaceful garden for sure! There are a couple of tasty sounding salads, pizza and pasta bake both with their own home made vegan cheese. We ordered the panini with tomato, pesto and vegan cheese to make sure we got our vegan cheese ‘fix’ whilst on the island!
Took a little while to find this small veggie cafe just off the main road netween Kai Bae and White Sands. If you’re coming from Kai Bae it’s the left turn just before Big C supermarket. Kind of strange experience, we arrived and entered but there were no staff (or customers for that matter). The music was on and the cafe was blatantly open but we were the only ones there. After what seemed like forever but was probably around 10 minutes we left. We put on our helmets and as we started our moto someone turned up. She was very friendly and apologetic but the moment had passed. We weren’t super hungry and were visiting purely to add to our guide so decided to return another time. That just never happened so other than tell you where it is and the interior is clean and tidy we can offer no more. Check it out if you’re in the area and let us know what you think!
Coco Mango is on the main road at the South end of White Sands Beach. It’s a dairy free cafe with a good selection of vegan ice creams, desserts and smoothie bowls. There are savoury dishes too with some labelled vegan but they do sell meat which is a shame. We had a number of questions for the (friendly) staff member but with her lack of English and our lack of Thai we didn’t get very far! We loved the ice cream which contains no additives or preservatives and is made from locally grown coconuts on Koh Chang. We also enjoyed a fancy take on mango sticky rice which was very good indeed although we didn’t eat the wafers in the picture as they were not vegan. Another member of staff turned up as we were being served who spoke excellent English and informed us of this.
This Indian restaurant in the centre of Kai Bae is run by a husband and wife team from Delhi. They both fully understood what was vegan as you would expect and made suggestions based on this. We had roti, samosas, channa masala and veg kofta with basmati rice. The two curries were excellent and the roti was also good, the samosas weren’t great but the quality of the curries made up for this.
HappyCow in Koh Chang
Of course, no vegan travel adventure would be complete without using the excellent HappyCow website or app, their Vegan Koh Chang page currently doesn’t list any all vegan options and just 3 all vegetarian restaurants for you to choose from. We loved the island and hope that this increases as the demand for vegan food and vegan travel in Thailand grows.
Other Vegan Guides to Koh Chang
If you want to read another vegan guide to Koh Chang then check out this Vegan in Koh Chang blog post by our good friend Dee from Veggie in Chiang Mai. She has a few other places listed but also found Everflow to be closed! There isn’t much else online for Koh Chang so you’ll have to trust us when we agree that Tofu Kitchen is the ‘go to’ spot!