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In light of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, here is a list of restaurants where you can find the most lip-smacking vegetarian food. An important point to keep in mind is that in Thailand, a vegetarian dish can still include meat broth, eggs, fish oil etc so it is very important to ask for ‘vegan’ food which is free of animal products.
Broccoli Revolution, Bangkok
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Broccoli Revolution, a vegetarian restaurant in Thailand serves up some of the most delicious food ranging from the Mediterranean, Italian, Latin American and South Asian. You definitely should not pass up on the Charcoal Broccoli Quinoa Burger and Tofu Satay Bowl. It is mainly a vegan restaurant that uses fresh and flavoursome ingredients. You should also stop by the cold-pressed juice bar to enjoy their organic juices.
Greenlight Cafe & Bar, Koh Samui
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Greenlight Cafe & Bar is not exclusively a vegetarian restaurant, however, with the number of vegetarian options they offer here, you won’t be disappointed. The chefs use a lot of organic and locally sourced produce which is most often from their very own kitchen garden. You definitely must try the Falafel Salad with Sweet Potato Fries and Raw Lime Coconut Cake.
Dosa King, Bangkok
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If you are hungry for some fine Indian flavours in Thailand, Dosa King is the place to be. You can choose from authentic North and South Indian vegan and vegetarian dishes. The Paneer Dosa, as well as the Daal Makhani and Aloo Kulcha, are a definite must-try!
Atsumi Raw Café, Phuket
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Atsumi Raw Café offers raw, fresh and extremely nutrient-rich food like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, sea vegetables and sprouted grains. You might find it difficult to decide on what to eat here because the menu is almost never-ending. However, if you are open to taking suggestions, the Tom Ka Soup and Zucchini Pepper Wrap are worth a try!
JNA Vegetarian Food, Pattaya
A cosy family-run restaurant, JNA Vegetarian Food offers over 95 options for vegetarians and vegans. Some of the dishes have faux meat like the Vegan Chicken Satay. Other must-try dishes include Tom Yum Soup and Stir-fried Pumpkin Yellow Curry.
Over the years, we’ve gotten better at marking our calendars with the local Thai holidays. One of the more colorful celebrations that come to mind (and one that we happened to accidentally walk right into the middle of twice) is the Bangkok Vegetarian Festival in Chinatown.
Activities: Preserve the Yi Peng Festival culture by organising the activities that are unique to the Lanna people. The event’s activities include:
“Tam Phang Patit Song Fa Haksa Mueang” (Light the Lanterns to Guard the City) 20-23 November, 2018. At the Monument of the Three Kings 18.00 – 23.00 Hrs.
Yi Peng Lantern Sculpture Show 20-23 November, 2018. Around city moats, gates, and corners. 19.00 – 22.00 Hrs.
Opening ceremony “Yi Peng Festival 2018” 21 November, 2018. At Tha Phae Gate. 18.00 Hrs.
Yi Peng Little Boys and Girls Contest 21 November, 2018. At the Office of Chiang Mai City Municipality. 19.00 Hrs.
Mister and Miss (Thephi-Thepphabut) Yi Peng Contest 21-22 November, 2018. At Tha Phae Gate. 19.00 – 23.00 Hrs.
Ceremony to worship the Spirit House, and Chedi Khao, and ask the Goddess of Water for her forgiveness at the Mae Ping River. 22 November, 2018. At the Office of Chiang Mai City Municipality. 08.09 – 10.30 Hrs. – Banana-leaf and fresh-flower Krathong Contest 22 November, 2018. At the Office of Chiang Mai City Municipality. 09.00 – 15.00 Hrs.
Cultural Art Performances. At the Office of Chiang Mai City Municipality. 19.00 – 22.00 Hrs.
Release of Lanna-style Krathong Sai 22 November, 2018. At the Mae Ping River, in front of the Office of Chiang Mai City Municipality. 19.00 Hrs. and 22.00 Hrs.
Giant Krathong Cup Parade Contest 23 November, 2018. At Tha Phae Gate – Office of Chiang Mai City Municipality. 19.00- 23.00 Hrs.
Fireworks Display 23 November, 2018. At the Mae Ping River, in front of the Office of Chiang Mai City Municipality. 19.30 Hrs. and 21.30 Hrs.
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Chiang Mai Office, Tel. 0 5324 8604-5, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bangkok, 11 October, 2018 – After a record-breaking awards haul so far this year, Thailand has once again been recognised with yet another prestigious honour by Condé Nast Traveller’s readers, who voted Chiang Mai among the Top 20 Small Cities in the World in its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
This is hot on the heels of the recent Conde Nast Traveller UK 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards with Thailand voted into 3rd spot in the Best Country category.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “Chiang Mai, with its charming culture of the ancient Lanna capital plus the lovely weather and the beautiful hills, has always been popular with local and international tourists. I’d like to thank the readers of Condé Nast Traveller for naming Chiang Mai one of the World’s Top 20 Small Cities 2018.”
Sprinkle Water onto Phra Phutthasihing in Songkran Festival at Tha Phae Gate, Chiang Mai
Thaphae Walking Street, Chiang Mai
Royal Pavilion in Royal Park Rajapruek, Chiang Mai
Doi Chiang Dao, Doi Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary, Chiang Mai
According to Condé Nast Traveller, “There’s a reason so many travellers beeline for Chiang Mai when they visit Thailand—the city is undoubtedly the cultural capital of the country. (It also doesn’t hurt that the super-luxe Four Seasons Resort and intimate Rachamankha are fantastic home bases.) Then there are the markets (we’re big fans of Warorot), rich aesthetics of both temples and nature, and the ever-present smells of espresso and curry. As for the street food, let’s just say you haven’t really lived until you order a bowl of khao soy.”
The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel”.
Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveller readers submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today.
The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveller’s website at www.cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide on 16 October.