Bangkok is a vegan haven. If you visit and don’t pile on a few pounds, you’re doing something wrong. Home to arguably one of the best vegan bakeries in the world as well as a whole host of restaurants and cafes offering both local and international dishes, the only food struggle in Bangkok will be deciding which one to choose. We fell in love with some places so much that we went there multiple times and so shock horror, didn’t try every vegan eatery on offer. Here are some of the places we topped up on calories.
So, where were we. Ah yes, Bangkok.
During our short say, we had a taste of the many faces of the city and its endless juxtapositions. We experienced its elegant side, as well as its seedy side, it’s extreme wealth and its poverty. We observed minimal living in contrast with excessive consumerism and we saw age old tradition against a backdrop of high-rise buildings and glowing advertisement screens.
We ended up staying in Bangkok for 5 days. We had planned to stay for less time, but had trouble getting a train out. During our extended stay, we travelled around all over the place. The city is so well connected that it’s a breeze to get anywhere. The metro and the amazing skytrain were both convenient and fun. Getting into those air conditioned carriages and being genuinely freezing was a joy every single time.
Even the bees looked too hot.
Almost 4 months into our trip and we had made it to Southeast Asia. We had never intended to visit Thailand, but the flights were cheap and the weather was meant to be good, so we took a punt on the most touristic country in Asia.
The first meal we ate in Thailand was Indian. Yep, after spending almost three months in India, our first night out in Bangkok was spent at an Indian restaurant.
We arrived in Bangkok pretty late. We were a bit knackered and a bit all over the place and we needed to find food. We hadn’t eaten on the plane and we were starving.
But we could not find food.
It was around 10pm and everywhere that could have potentially served us an animal-less meal was closed. We had asked our Uber driver to take us to a Loving Hut (vegan restaurant chain) which was shut and also happened to be a bit out of the way. Unfortunately he spoke absolutely no English and despite our best efforts to communicate that the place was closed by using google translate, he kept driving around in circles looking for it. We passed the restaurant again and again. Through a series of meaningless hand gestures and over-articulated English words, we tried to ask if he could just take us somewhere else that might have veggie food. This attempt also failed. We ended up at a beef stew joint.
We were starting to get hangry.
Eventually though, we communicated through the magic words “seven eleven”.
There are 8,334 Seven Elevens across Thailand, so finding one nearby was a breeze. All of them have a wide selection of healthy (and horrendously unhealthy) snacks, so we filled a basket with all the nice things we could find.
After guzzling down various seeds and dried fruits, we turned to google with a clear head. It was then that we found Araaya’s restaurant. After calling them and making them promise not to close before we got there we set off.
The food was delicious and being that it was now about 11pm, we ate it in record time.